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Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul
The rich musical heritage of the Turkish metropolis located between the Orient and the Occident comes to the screen in director Fatih Akin's cinematic tribute to Istanbul's thriving music scene. In bringing both historic and recent expressions of Istanbul's unique legacy of music to the screen in a documentary that strives to both inform and entertain, Akin offers compelling insight into both the creative history of the city as well as the lives of the individuals who populate it.
This survey of the various musical cultures of Istanbul attempts to fairly represent the enormous variety of musics in that city. It's an ambitious film that falls somewhat short, but nonetheless contains some extraordinary musical performances that make this DVD well worth buying and seeing repeatedly. I could quibble with the director over his choice to devote so much coverage to rap and heavy-metal rock musicians. The latter are especially bad, even by the standards of heavy-metal, and are basically lacking completely in any kind of musical artistry or skill. It's hard for me to comprehend how these naive and immature musical duffers could be given such a considerable amount of time in this film, which also features some truly great musical artists. The best thing for the viewer is to skip the first half of the movie and jump to the second half, where the really good stuff is. Especially strong are the performances by Selim Sesler, Brenna MacCrimmon, the great Kurdish singer Aynur, Mercan Dede, and Sezen Aksu. Unfortunately only a short amount of time was devoted to Mercan Dede, the great ney player, but he was one of the more interesting artists in the film.
This is a great documentary film about music and musicians in Istanbul. All different kinds of music. Not just traditional but pop, rock, jazz, hip-hop, classical, vocals, instrumental..... and many different kinds of instruments too. Istanbul is an interesting place. It has western and eastern influence. This film is quite different from the image that you see on the cover. So, forget about the picture of the cover and just try watching. It is COOL.
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Globe Trekker: Istanbul
Istanbul is the only city to span two continents. Previously known as Byzantium and Constantinople, it was the center of the civilized world for over a millennium. Although no longer the capital of Turkey, Istanbul remains its biggest and busiest city. Traveler Estelle Bingham starts her exploration of the ancient city at Topkapi Palace, former home of sultans and their concubines. She interrupts her sightseeing for a day trip to Gallipoli, the site of an infamous World War I battlefield. Continuing her journey around Istanbul, she visits the opulent Pera Palace Hotel. After some retail therapy in the Grand Bazaar, she ends her journey at the famous Blue Mosque. Along the way... See some Whirling Dervishes. Experience Istanbul s fabulous nightlife. Take a belly dancing lesson from the gypsies. Wrestle with over 100 well-oiled men for the gold belt. Taste traditional mezzes washed down with local liquor.
There really aren`t many DVD`s on Istanbul so if you want to see what it`s like there, here is a great way to see it. Most travel video`s can only film so much because of limited time, here at least you can see interesting things and learn of a different culture and that is valuable. Globe Trekker is so much better than most travel video`s who focus only on a Country`s commercial points of interest whereas Globe Trekker takes you off the beaten path.
Istanbul Nights-Gypsy Fusion Bellydance Choreography
Spice up your dance with Ansuya s signature Gypsy combinations and choreography! Ansuya is considered one of
the most talented and accomplished performers, choreographers, and instructors in the bellydance world today. In Istanbul Nights,
Ansuya will teach you cabaret-style bellydance choreography with a Turkish feeling and a Gypsy flare!
I have many bellydance instruction DVD's and this one is great. If you love Ansuya's signature style (and who doesn't really?) and want to learn how she does what she does(like layered shimmies, traveling patterns, spins, locks, pops) then this is for you. Video is taught facing a mirror, so it is extremely easy to follow along... classroom style. Ansuya delivers concise directions and technical breakdown of all combos. I have taken classes with Ansuya and she is just as upbeat and funny in this video as she is in the classroom. Ansuya's musicality and adaptation of the material results in a beautiful, exotic, timeless and empowering choreography that any dancer would enjoy learning, performing or watching.
This video is very nice for beggining to new intermediate dancers. There is a promotional video for this DVD on youtube. It does not show the whole dance, but you may find it helpful. I enjoyed watching this choregraphy and using elements in my own dance. Ansuya has a very distinct dance style and she gives you a wonderful taste of that style in this choreography.
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