In Aztec culture, the dead who were called by Tlaloc - the
god of rain, water and fertility - got to revel in the joys of
Tlacopan, the exquisite tropical garden that this act revels in.
In a dreamlike setting that recalls experiments with peyote
(a plant with hallucinogenic properties), acrobats climb up
and down vertical poles and criss-cross in the air while
leaping from one pole to the other.
The second half of LUZIA opens with the Pole Dance, an amalgamation
between traditional Chinese Poles and Pole Dancing. Pole Dancing is a
form of performing art, historically associated with strip clubs and
night clubs, which combines dance and acrobatics centered on a
vertical burlesque pole; however, since the mid 2000’s it has also
been promoted as a non-sexual form of performance art. Since proper
pole dancing involves athletic moves such as climbs, spins, and body
inversions using the limbs to grip, upper body and core strength,
flexibility, and endurance are required to attain proficiency, and
rigorous training is necessary. It’s even being promoted as a healthy
form of exercise!
Although I feel as a performance piece the pole dance needs a little
more gestation (not gesticulating), paring it up with a Chinese Pole
routine made the combination a little more bearable. Not that I
dislike girls on dancing poles, but, without a genuine routine there’s
little need for the display. And if you’re not sure which song this
particular act is presented by – since it’s probably one of the most
different than those represented on the soundtrack - all you have to
do is listen to the band... they’ll tell you! During the song they’ll
say “los mos qui tos” in one of the weirdest “what were they thinking?
” moments from the show. (In retrospect, though, I kind of miss not
hearing it on the soundtrack! How is that for irony?)