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More Hi-Res Photos added from Le Serpent Rouge show (WOW Hall 11/30)

3rd Dec 10 (Fri) Leave a comment

I just added nineteen (19) new / better photos of Tuesday’s Le Serpent Rouge show which were shot by Margaret O’Brien of emobie photography. Check ’em out at the original review post…

REVIEW: Le Serpent Rouge @ WOW Hall (Eugene, OR - 11/30/10) Last night, the Indigo Bellydance group and friends brought Eugene the stupendously entertaining Le Serpent Rouge: An Evening of Beguiling Dance and Strangely Familiar Music. Le Serpent Rouge is a traveling road show that captivates.  At its core it is the Indigo: made up of Mardi Love, Rachel Brice, and Zoë Jakes (L-to-R in picture to the right). While they have danced i … Read More

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REVIEW: Le Serpent Rouge @ WOW Hall (Eugene, OR – 11/30/10)

1st Dec 10 (Wed) 4 comments

 FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM
12/3 update: emobie photographs added

Last night, the Indigo Bellydance group and friends brought Eugene the stupendously entertaining Le Serpent Rouge: An Evening of Beguiling Dance and Strangely Familiar Music.

Le Serpent Rouge is a traveling road show that captivates.  At its core it is the Indigo: made up of Mardi Love, Rachel Brice, and Zoë Jakes (L-to-R in picture to the right).

While they have danced in various groups — including the Bellydance Superstars, Beats Antique and the Yard Dogs Road Show — The Indigo is the group that they call home. They each bring their own influences to make their own modern dance forms unique. Love’s fluidity, Brice’s sinewy strength, and Jakes’ intensity and charm make their sum greater than each one individually. They are known to be theatrical and playful, often playing characters within their performances.

While rooted in Middle Eastern styles, their dance style for this tour might be found in an old West saloon mixed with a Prohibition-era speakeasy. The burlesque and tribal fusion bellydance fits snugly with steampunk-meets-flapper blues/jazz/jug band from the Crow Quill Night Owls and Gallus Brothers. Tub bass, washboard, kazoo, banjo, guitars, percussive bones, feathers, tattoos and legs.

Local group Blair Street Mugwumps were the openers the show… fantastic performers.  I had never heard them, but I had heard of them, and well, now I’ll make a point to hear more of them.  All fantastic musicians, and while not all that dissimilar from the main group, they were a noticeable difference from “just another opening band.”  A jug band with a modern edge.  Quite entertaining.

Le Serpent Rouge started with Rachel Brice coming out dressed as an old lady… and introducing the show for us.  The show was a nice mix of saloon tunes from Crow Quill Night Owls and the Gallus Brothers with dancing (group, duo and solo) and skits mixed in.  The dramatic side of the Indigo shone through in their silly stage presence.

As far as the backing bands… the Gallus Brothers were actually part of the Crow Quill Night Owls band, but then splintered off to do silly tricks, juggling, and of course… glitter throwing.  Here’s a shot of one of their silly tricks during a song…

Of course, the ladies of the Indigo were lovely… here are a few photos, with more at the bottom.  I’ll also post some from Margaret O’Brien (emobie photography) once she gets them edited… update: added 12/3.

many more photos below

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Tonight is their last night of the tour (Dec 1st at Portland’s Mississippi Studios).  For a list of where they’ve played, check below.

~Dan – np: PusciferC is for…

LE SERPENT ROUGE PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2010 Daniel Temmesfeld
and Margaret O’Brien (emobie photography)
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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Le Serpent Rouge Fall 2010 Tour Dates

  • 11/5 – Seattle, WA – Market Theater
  • 11/6 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo
  • 11/9 – Ashland, OR – CultureWorks
  • 11/11 – Sabastopol, CA – Hopmonk Tavern
  • 11/12 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
  • 11/14 – Reno, NV – The Great Escape
  • 11/16 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
  • 11/18 – Tucson, AZ – Solar Culture
  • 11/20 – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits
  • 11/23 – Los Angeles, CA – King King
  • 11/28 – Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley
  • 11/30 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
  • 12/1 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

 

The Indigo’s Le Serpent Rouge Tour

22nd Oct 10 (Fri) Leave a comment

Le Serpent Rouge: An Evening of Beguiling Dance and Strangely Familiar Music featuring internationally renowned belly dance company The Indigo (Rachel Brice, Mardi Love and Zoe Jakes) is going on the road.

The Indigo have charmed the hearts of princes and tramps alike, while musically The Crow Quill Night Owls and The Gallus Brothers have seduced the tympanums of thousands with their arresting interpretations of old timey country blues, jazz and pop. Sometimes enchanting, sometimes macabre, often raucous, but always delightful, this outfit breathes new life into the movement and spectacle of a bygone era in their new knockdown revue.

For links and more info, go to http://www.theindigo.net/
For the Facebook invite: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=155356034500388

Here are the dates (check The Indigo website for workshops):

See ya at the Eugene show!

~Dan – np: Sufjan StevensThe Age of Adz

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REVIEW: Indigo Belly Dance @ Oregon Country Fair (Veneta, OR – – 7/13/08)

14th Jul 08 (Mon) 5 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

Rachel Brice, Mardi Love & Zoe Jakes are three tribal fusion belly dancers from San Francisco who go by the name The Indigo Belly Dance Company. I’d heard of them before, and my wife has gone to performances & workshops of theirs in the past when we lived in Cincinnati (at least Rachel & Zoe). Anyway, they were here in Eugene for the Oregon Country Fair (actually closer to Veneta than Eugene). Rachel Brice is pictured here (photo credit: Kristine Adams from the Indigo BDC’s MySpace page):

Here are Zoe Jakes and Mardi Love (photo credit unknown):

Well, on to the Oregon Country Fair ~ We braved the heat, the stinky bus passengers, and the heat (yet again) for the Country Fair this year. All around, the Fair was hot but shady (which was a pleasant surprise). It was also expensive, dusty, greasy and stinky. Alas, it’s a country fair in Oregon in July; so that was all expected. :) We came away with a nice table purchase, but that’ll be for a separate blog later.

We had a good time at the Country Fair… we started out with a fun show with the Stage Left Vaudeville Show. It started strong and, well, we left during the “free-style rap” section. Needless to say, it drifted from its big band flair entrance into something that wasn’t our thing. We went on from that to snag some yummy popsicles (Baja Coffee popsicle for me, i.e.- coffee with cinnamon, and Lemon Ginger popsicle for my wife and our friends Chris & Melissa).

We got to the Gypsy Caravan stage around 2pm for the 3pm show of The Indigo. We got there at just the right time… we scored some nice bench seats in the center of the audience. The Gypsy Caravan band was playing… and we saw some good shimmying from Aziza, Colleena (sp?), Claudia, and some other that I couldn’t remember how to spell or pronounce.

Up next was The Indigo… Their backing band was dubbed something along the lines of the Balkan Brass Band / Brass Menagerie (they were made up of several bands). It was interesting to see bellydance to something different than middle eastern music, and I dig Balkan music…

Rachel, Zoe & Mardi did a trio number to start things off. Then Zoe did a solo song, Rachel did a solo (complete with her quite phenomenal “drop move” – see around 1:17 in that video link), then there was a duet of some sort (Rachel & Mardi then Rachel & Zoe, if I remember correctly… likely I’m not remembering correctly). A special guest, Elizabeth Strong, came out and did a fantastic number with a sword. Then the group came out and did a few more numbers, along with Mardi doing a slow moves solo. They danced for about an hour, or slightly under an hour.

Photos of the performance that my wife took are BELOW…

~Dan – np: Charlie Hunter & Bobby PreviteCome in Red Dog, This is Tango Leader

Gypsy Caravan & The Indigo @ Country Fair PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2008 emobie,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

From the Gypsy Caravan Stage (Aziza, Colleena) & Misc Other Fair Pics

The Indigo (Rachel, Zoe, Mardi, Elizabeth) Pics

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