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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the Loggia palace
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the ancient clock called "Macc de l'ure" (madmen of the time)
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the Loggia palace
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the ancient clock called "Macc de l'ure" (madmen of the time)
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: the clock tower with the new lights.
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the Loggia palace
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the ancient clock called "Macc de l'ure" (madmen of the time)
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the Loggia palace
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the aerial show on the palace of the post in Victory square.
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the aerial show on the palace of the post in Victory square.
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the ancient clock called "Macc de l'ure" (madmen of the time)
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Inauguration of Christmas lights in B...
Brescia
By Cosimo Attanasio
26 Nov 2017

Brescia inaugurates the Christmas lights with a dance, circus and music show by the company Cafè Lulè.
The clock tower Victory square will change the color of the lighting every Sunday, for the inauguration it has been chosen the white color.
The next Sunday the tower will be illuminated with green, blue, red and gold light with as many show themes until all January 8.
In photo: A moment of the show in Loggia square, on the background there's the ancient clock called "Macc de l'ure" (madmen of the time)
Brescia - Italy 2017/Nov/26, ph Cosimo Attanasio

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Wake Up Dance in Spain
Deià, Mallorca
By Marisa Candia Cadavid and Carwyn Jones
19 Mar 2016

The best high in the Mediterranean isn’t on Ibiza. It’s in the mountains of Mallorca and it’s called Wake Up Dance. Llewelyn, a DJ who grew tired of the night scene, is transforming the idea of going out from the small Mallorquín village of Deià. Every Saturday morning for a few hours he shares his passion for music for free to all those interested. At this party, there's no room for booze or drugs. Only endorphins.

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Wake Up Dance in Spain (with English ...
Deià, Mallorca
By Marisa Candia Cadavid and Carwyn Jones
19 Mar 2016

The best high in the Mediterranean isn’t on Ibiza. It’s in the mountains of Mallorca and it’s called Wake Up Dance. Llewelyn, a DJ who grew tired of the night scene, is transforming the idea of going out from the small Mallorquín village of Deià. Every Saturday morning for a few hours he shares his passion for music for free to all those interested. At this party, there's no room for booze or drugs. Only endorphins.

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Mad Monks Band Concert
Hamburg
By Ralf Falbe
22 Dec 2015

Concert Photography - Ska Band "Mad Monks" performs live in Hamburg, Germany.

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Body and Space: 'Contact' Improvisati...
Goa, India
By Nikhil Bhowmick
31 Jan 2015

The story of contact is unique in its genre. This movement-based art form, offers an experience that may challenge the performer to redefine his physical space, his self-awareness, and simply experience a deep connection with him or herself and others. Brought to India in the past few years, it has experienced an invigorating support by the Indian dance community. The Goa Contact festival, which takes place every year, gives away thirty plus scholarships for Indian dance students and dancers to further their awareness about Contact.
Erica Kaufman is one of the leading figures of Contact since the eighties. As a dancer, contact artist and yogini, she has extensively researched the ins and outs of physical movement across continents. While Erica gives us a brief definition of all the possibilities that could be contact, we also follow Lional Lishoy, a young actor, contact artist, music composer and dancer from Kerala, living in Bangalore, who is here as one of the scholarship trustees of the festival. Lional has gained the support of many from the international Contact community to become an anchor for contact practitioners in Bangalore, where it has emerged as an "alternative" art form.
His commentary is about his journey through contact, and what he expects out of it.

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Erawan Shrine Dancers
Bangkok
By Ralf Falbe
03 Jan 2015

Temple dancers at the Hindu Erawan Shrine, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand.

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Afrin Khan, The Princess of Pakistan'...
Lahore, Pakistan
By vincenzo floramo
01 Jan 2015

A crowd of men whistle and cheer when Afrin Khan, alias the “Princess” performs her ’sexy’ dance on the stage at the Alfalah theatre in Lahore. This is not a nightclub or a cabaret show - the theatre is rather a venue for stage drama.

During the two-hour show, actors perform comedy, drama or satire. As part of the show, three girls each perform a short 4-minutes theatrical dance. However, every play must be approved by government censors and every night the show is supervised by a city official.

The lyrics of songs played during the shows are also censored. Dances cannot be too explicit and dress code restricts revealing ’too much’. The Princess is well known in town for her daring and sexually provocative theatrical dancing. In a conservative Pakistani society, sex is hidden and therefore, the Princess attracts a large male audience. Punjabi men flock regularly to the theatre to see her perform. However, she was once banned from performing for a week by the government censors because of sexual connotations she made with a cushion. Afrin Khan is not happy with the censorship, she would like to perform more freely on the stage, but today, in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, it is quite impossible.

The Princess started dancing when she was 13 years old after her family fell on hard times as a result of her father’s ill health and struggle with cancer. She began to perform at wedding ceremonies and became very popular. She was then recognized by a producer who promoted her stage performances. In order to be more attractive, she had breast enhancing surgery and she took supplements to make her figure more voluptuous.

"I started dancing at 13 but my body was not developed so i got breast implants,” she said. “I am also naturally too skinny. I get made fun of. So now I take pills to stay plump, because that is what the audience likes.”

Afrin Khan considers herself a western type of girl who would like to be free to walk in the street wearing a mini skirt - not restricted by the cultural local dress-code. Living in a middle class villa complex on the outskirt of Lahore, she shares a house with her mother and a brother, while her father lives with his parents in another home. She drives a brand new car and dresses in nice clothes. While there is a great demand for her performance without moral qualm, there is another face of society that defies its existence.

"I am a modern girl and I want to be able to wear miniskirts to the mall if I want to,” Afrin said. “But in this country, people may be educated, but they are still so small minded. They will always be hicks even if they move to the cities."

Recently, Afrin Khan played a part in a documentary film, Zunn: Showgirls of Pakistan. The documentary tells the story of the marginalized lives of showgirls in Pakistan. On the movie set, Princess could finally perform her provocative dance freely, without censorship. However, in Lahore, where the entrance of the theatre is armed guarded and the audience is individually checked to prevent terrorist attacks, it seems that the Princess will have a long wait before she can fulfill her dreams as an expressive ’sexy’ dancer.

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Art as Resistance in Palestine
Palestine
By Rich Wiles
06 Oct 2014

Arts and culture have always figured significantly within the wider context of Palestinian resistance. People such as Mahmoud Darwish, Ghassan Kanafani and Naji al-Ali took Palestine to the world through their art many decades ago, and their work - shaped heavily by the Palestinian experience of exile - lives on today.

Cultural aspects of resistance have developed over the decades and traditional practices of poetry, literature and dabke are now accompanied by street art, hip hop, modern dance and contemporary art. New styles and practices have evolved - often influenced by today's globalized world - but in many ways still maintaining a distinctly Palestinian edge.

Whilst links between Darwish's poetry or Naji al-Ali's immortal 'Handala' and today's hip hop groups or street artists may not seem immediate to the uninformed, the context is shaped by the same core issues. The Palestinian story of exile and the struggle against it remain a constant and inherent focus of Palestinian arts and cultural practice today, much as it did amongst earlier practitioners who had themselves lived, and survived the Nakba.

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Gayrilleros8
santa clara, cuba
By Conteur d'images
03 Oct 2014

Certain artists, such as Juan and Lorenzo of the dancing quartet “The Dream Boys”, portray feminine characters without having started hormonal treatments. They consider themselves to be primarily “transformists”, though some of them will one day become transsexuals.

Juan et Lorenzo, membres du quatuor de danseurs homosexuels The Dream Boys, sont considérés comme des transformistes, étant donné qu’ils interprètent des rôles féminins. Originaires de La Havane, ils se rendent tous les hivers à Santa Clara pour donner des représentations. Contrairement aux artistes transsexuels, ils ne souhaitent pas changer de sexe et n’arborent pas de vêtements féminins en dehors de la scène.

Ciertos artistas, como Juan y Lorenzo del cuarteto de bailarines gays “The Dream Boys”, interpretan personajes femeninos pero todavía no toman tratamiento hormonal. Se consideran ante todo como transformistas, antes de convertirse, para ciertos, en transexuales.

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Los Vivancos: On Tour with the Fastes...
Bangkok
By GonzaloAbad
28 Sep 2014

The Spanish dance group Los Vivancos are presently touring their new creation "AETERNUM," an extreme Flamenco fusion. Los Vivancos have the fastest feet in the world, holding a Guinness World Record of 1317 steps executed in 60 seconds. The brothers take time to reflect on their work while touring their show in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Chinese Opera 21
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
24 Sep 2014

A Chinese opera performer waits on the stage before the show.

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Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
24 Sep 2014

A member of Lao San Zian Sung Chinese opera applies makeup in front off the stage, to the audience eye. The company has been hired by the congregation of Chinese shrine 'Jing Sia Ma', in the heart of Bangkok's Chinatown.

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Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
24 Sep 2014

A performer plays with the youngest member of the company on the stage before the show.

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Chinese Opera 18
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
24 Sep 2014

Lao San Zian Sung performers smoke cigarettes and relax prior to hitting the stage.

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Chinese Opera 17
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
24 Sep 2014

A member of Lao San Zian Sung applies makeup backstage. Chinese opera has been performed for hundreds of years.

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Chinese Opera 25
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
24 Sep 2014

A member of Lao San Zian Sung and his son, who sometimes also plays at the shows, are seen at the backstage. Some members of the company, aside of being colleagues, also are relatives.

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Chinese Opera 24
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
24 Sep 2014

A member of Lao San Zian Sung applies makeup backstage. They spend several hours getting ready for the show.

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Chinese Opera 23
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
24 Sep 2014

A member of Lao San Zian Sung applies makeup backstage. They spend several hours getting ready for the show.

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Chinese Opera 22
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
24 Sep 2014

A member of Lao San Zian Sung applies makeup backstage.

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Chinese Opera 16
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
24 Sep 2014

Lao San Zian Sung performers relax prior to hitting the stage.

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Chinese Opera 14
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
24 Sep 2014

A Chinese opera performer is seen in the mirror while applying makeup. Each mask color has a different meaning. They are used to portray a character's role and illustrate their emotional state.

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Chinese Opera 13
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
24 Sep 2014

A member of Lao San Zian Sung is seen on stage lowering the curtains to prepare for the next show.

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Chinese Opera 12
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
24 Sep 2014

A member of Lao San Zian Sung performs Chinese opera during the Vegetarian Festival in the heart of Bangkok's Chinatown. A show can run for five to six hours.

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Chinese Opera 11
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
24 Sep 2014

Members of Lao San Zian Sung performs Chinese opera during the Vegetarian Festival in the heart of Chinatown's Bangkok. Their shows usually run for five to six hours. The itinerant Thai-Chinese opera troupe The Lao San Zian Sung Thai-Chinese opera troupe has been performing since the mid-1960s.

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Chinese Opera 09
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
24 Sep 2014

A thai little girl carefully watches a play by the members of Lao San Zian Sung.

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Chinese Opera 08
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
24 Sep 2014

A member of Lao San Zian Sung is seen in the backstage ready with her makeup and costume to take part in the show. Despite busy activity backstage, performers always remain in character.

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Chinese Opera 04
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
24 Sep 2014

A member of Lao San Zian Sung waits his turn to take part in the show.

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Chinese Opera 02
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
24 Sep 2014

A member of Lao San Zian Sung gets ready backstage. Performers need to be physically and mentally ready since the show lasts for hours.

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Chinese Opera 01
Bangkok
By Biel Calderon
24 Sep 2014

Members of Lao San Zian Sung performs Chinese opera during the Vegetarian Festival. The Thai-Chinese opera has about 30 members and some have been with the troupe since the early beginnings in the 1960s.