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on reflection, a very good day



This week I got miracled by my downstairs neighbour who had an extra ticket to go see Monkey: Journey to the West at the Royal Opera House this evening. The opera was a spectacular combination of modern dance, circus acrobatics, martial arts, pantomime, Gorillaz animation, and looked and sounded amazing. The way the music and the huge animation tied some of the scenes together made it feel like we'd all been sucked into the real brain of a marvelous video game, like we were progressing up through the stages, but much more real and immediate than anything on a computer screen. My favourite bits were the mountain of fire and the final huge blue Buddha glory scene. The peach banquet part with the contortionist was brilliant but also made me feel a bit queasy. I think I worry about these people too much, that they'll hurt themselves, which is probably very silly.

Earlier in the day, Stuart and I met up with his cousins in Borough Market and had way too much fun with a certain tea pot while eating a huge lavender meringue.


We also had to take a photo of cousins with the mountain 'o brownies:


Then Stuart and I went to see the BP Portrait Awards and fell dead asleep for an hour on a very comfy sofa on the top floor of the National Portrait Gallery and I left a trail of drool down his shirt. On the way to the opera house, I got another glimpse of the huge airship I keep spotting all over town. I'm geekily keeping a record of my blimp sightings over on Dave's blog here, just because it's so much fun to pester him with airship photos.

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tozocomic
Jul. 27th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
That Monkey opera sounds amazing.
jabberworks
Jul. 28th, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)
It was! I was so excited to get the ticket, I'd missed booking right when it opened and I thought I'd have to miss it. The people we went with came all the way down from Manchester and it was the fourth time they'd seen it!
harveyjames
Jul. 28th, 2008 06:53 am (UTC)
In the documentary I watched, Damon's music for the opera sounded brilliant, but the musicians were葉ヴィんg亜葉rd地女

God damn these japanese keyboards

were having a hard time translating his sound to a live setting. What did you think, did it sound ok to you?
jabberworks
Jul. 28th, 2008 07:35 am (UTC)
Yes, the music sounded great! I'd be curious to listen to it again on CD, to find out if I liked it because it was part of the whole parcel with the amazing sets and acrobatic dancing, or if it sounds good on its own. My favourite sound pieces were the strident vocals during the fire mountain scene, and another piece in the red siren scene that combined Pigsy's staccato Mandarin syllables with more melodic phrasing underneath, really clever. The Buddha finale song really stuck in my head.
harveyjames
Jul. 29th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
I heard the original demo of the Pigsy thing, it was beautiful. I hope they release the whole thing to a DVD or CD or something.
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