I mentioned in a commentary in my previous entry that I will post a video of the performances that I was able to record from the cultural show in our school. It was a musical show called Latang, with a lean set of performers from (if I’m not mistaken, Seoul.
I may not be the biggest musical fanatic in the world, but I do like musicals. Actually, if someone would ask me in a whim about what my favorite movie is, I would instantly say, “Too many to mention,” but deep down I would instantly think of Moulin Rouge first.
I don’t know if it was Baz Luhrmann’s genius, or perhaps the catchy songs, or maybe the dark romantic storytelling about FREEDOM, BEAUTY, TRUTH, and LOVE, that got me so hooked on this film, but yeah, I really really like it and sometimes I would feel guilty liking it. It was brightly-colored, bordering on cheesy, and (well) so full of music.
And that’s the reason why I was not able to stop myself from taking videos of two of the songs from the cultural show’s repertoire. Yes, you’ve guessed it right, both songs were actually used in Moulin Rouge.
The first one, which also happened to be the first song in the repertoire, is El Tango de Roxanne.
Here’s the video:
Now, the second one is a performance some time mid-way through the show. I knew it was a Can Can number, but I did not know it actually is the same with the one used in Spectacular! Spectacular! segment — remember Harold Zidler (together with Satine, Christian, and the rest of the gang) trying to convince the ‘Dear Duke’ about the show? It was hilarious! 😀
Here’s is the video of the Can Can performance:
I first heard about the dance from my high school Filipino teacher Miss Alvaro, when we were discussing a novel by Jose Rizal. According to her, it was a brothel dance of French origins, the highlights of which are the lady performers high kicks, which are meant to display their undergarments beneath their thick layers of skirts.
Anyway, that’s it for now.
I do hope you enjoyed the performances as much as I did. 🙂