No one can quite move their hips and hands, like the Kiwi-Tahitian girls dancing to cultural choreography in Auckland, The Supercity New Zealand. They’re the Polynesian version of beautiful Middle-Eastern belly dancers of the Middle East. These one’s are found in peaceful beautiful clean and green New Zealand, or, Middle Earth if you’re a fan of New Zealand cinema.
Anyway Kiwi-Tahitian girls are quite unique in New Zealand. Seen at the Pasifika Cultural festival (they’re the highlight) each year.
Check them out one year. Well worth it. :)
Happy global traveling and exploring diversely colorful dance cultures of the world. Chalk Auckland into your cities to visit. The city’s mayor Len Brown has this to say as an official invite to US all:
“Auckland Mayor Len Brown has taken the first steps towards making Auckland one of the world’s leading events cities.
The mayor has commissioned a report from the council controlled organisation Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development Ltd on how to make the city more of a destination for unforgettable local and international events.
“I want Aucklanders to have a sense of pride and excitement about the events in their city, I want Kiwis from other regions to come and experience the best we can offer, and I want international visitors to go home telling everyone Auckland is the place to go,” says Len Brown.
Next year, Auckland hosts international events such as the Rugby World Cup 2011 followed by Volvo Ocean Race, and the ITU World Championships in 2012. Auckland’s biennial arts festival celebrates its fifth birthday, showcasing artists and performers from New Zealand and abroad, and as every year, the city hosts the largest Pacific festival in the world, Pasifika.
“We will continue to attract high profile international events while promoting our distinctive local events to domestic and international visitors. Similarly attractions around the city, such as sculpture or wine trails, can be promoted as regional packages to our visitors. With all our attractions, stunning environment and friendly people, we have the potential to develop a world class reputation and a prosperous tourism industry,” says Len Brown.”
Fun, let’s do it then. Heilani Hula School, Hawaii also has Tahitian dancers too. This post also features Indian actress, Smita Patel. :)
Air New Zealand is the airline to give a whirl. They’re cool.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.8.10~
Freida Pinto is on the cover of Blackbook.
She says she hearts, the alternative Indian cinema industry, a lot, that is often never seen by the West outside of the big Bollywood film studio’s dominance. What Freida alludes to, as the “spice of Hollywood” back into India’s star system is that: a) alternative cinema has an actual storyline. And b) it’s been tough worldwide, so the chances are the realism of the underrepresented genre is a look, for Indian cinema to consider presenting to remain relevant. Good thoughts.
To read more on that, and see Freida’s latest magazine cover, go here.
[This image Smita Patel - great alternative cinema screen legend. Described as being "the realistic actress of Bollywood." Star of my favorite, alternative Bollywood film, Mirch Masala. Image sourced, here].
Smita worked constantly. Non-stop. She took good roles and bad roles, figuring that working within the realistic genre of film making, meant that the roles were going to be okay within this genre–as they were more realistic, therefore her range of emotion would be seen better as an artist rather than a mainstream Bollywood film, where actors just emoted for their next check, not just to sell an actual story with ‘a character going through real’ sh*t.’ Oops… sorry, but that’s what Smita stood for. Also a note for Freida to perhaps consider.
Smita was under-appreciated for the longest time, compared to the pampered poodles of Bollywood’s studio system. She’s legend for not caring and still giving good work playing roles of conflict in stories of substance. Smita gave a lot. I love this woman’s legacy in Indian cinema (and I like my “Bollywood brats?” in their more cheesy films too. Fun. :)
Go Freida Pinto–for raising these thoughts today to grow India’s alternative cinema profile –featuring realistic ‘village life’ narratives in film.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.6.10~