The last week has been a wonderful whirlwind adventure of travel, exploration and of course performance. After our show in Prague we went off to Berlin to scope out the town during a short gap in our performance itinerary. We saw a few great improvisation shows while there. Perhaps the most heartening aspect of these were the large, excited and hip crowds that seem to regularly attend this sort of thing.This is proof that improvisation need not be on the fringe! Our time in Berlin also included many €1.50 döners, lovely city sights, new friends, art galleries, some interesting musical and dance contacts, introduction to a new trend in electronic dance music called Electro-swing and a few late late nights.
On the 9th we rented the cars that will be taking us through Croatia and Austria and Slovakia for the next several days. Our first trip was to München. We arrived in town after getting a little lost on the outskirts, but were greeted by our host Tonny who offered his apartment to us for the duration of our stay. This space has definitely been quite cozy for the seven of us at 200sq ft, but we've made the most of is and are happy to have all the we need here.
On Sunday we had a double performance. In the afternoon we played the Munich StreetLife Festival which, as its name suggests, is a giant street celebration. We had a little stage just big enough for the musicians, so we extended into the street. Although the crowd was fairly transient, it was by far the largest so far. After this we went off to rehearse with a movement improvisation group in town called Society of the Unforseen. This experience was truly wonderful; we felt like we found our people finally! We were thrilled to be invited to perform with them this wednesday at another open air festival.
Since sunday's shows, we have been relaxing, meeting up with our hosts here, taking dance classes, practicing our instruments and seeing a little of Munich. Very soon we're off to a lake a little out of town for a swim and to visit a monestary that brews its own beer. Then a rehearsal tonight... and before we know it, we'll be off again to the Croatia, Austria Slovakia leg of our tour.
It's been a busy couple of days for us. We've had two gigs in a row! Our show in Barcelona went quite well. Paul and Leo, the event organizers, were incredibly helpful and made our first European performance an excellent experience. After the gig we had a perfect dinner sitting in a square near the venue. All in all it was a beautiful night!
The next day was definitely an adventure. A late night, early morning, and rushed trip to the airport meant that we all slept on the plane from Barcelona to Prague. Upon arriving we found out that Chris' bag hadn't made it on the plane and was still in Barcelona, along with his bass! Taking the bus and tram to the hostel was fine, but we got lost on our way to the gig. Somehow we made it there on time and Bea's friend lent us a bass for Chris! The show went on without a glitch and all 7 of the attendees joined us for a drink afterwards.
All in all it has been a whirlwind adventure and this morning we got a well deserved rest. Now we're off to explore the city and see what we can see!
This was our warmup before our Barcelona gig at Cassal de barri, Pou de la Figuera. This was a beautiful venue nestled in the old city.
We took good advantage of our one full day before the shows begin to check out some sites of beautiful Barcelona. The day started with fresh bread, juicy fresh figs and espresso. Chris bought his European amp and we went off into the narrow busy streets full of laundry-laden balconies.
We went to the fort overlooking all the city and the sea. We could almost make out Egypt in the distance (actually this is technically true since all of barcelonas beaches are made from imported egyptian sand). Our plan to attack and overtake this fort unfortunately failed due to lack of weapons and army but the gate was open. We did notice that there was no opposition once we entered. In fact most people were eating ice cream and listening to pop music. But one security officer did make an effort to thwart christina's brave siet- specific dance atop the fortress walls.
Next we took the ttc to the sea. We made delicious picnic dinner, jumped in the water and spend the last moments of daylight traipsing about the beach. Finally we went off to an enourmous water fountain show at the museum of Catalan art where we focused on making pretty silhouette pictures against the brightened water works.
Tired, we made our way back to what we all wish was our permanent apartment, just off of the slim cobble street, through the iron wrought door and up to a quaint and comfy pad.... And then to bed, ready to be joined tomorrow by our last member and to make some art!!
Most of Lila have arrived at our first tour spot, Barcelona. We spend all day walking around this stunning town yesterday. Today we're taking is easier, adjusting to the time change, getting ready for our tour debut show tomorrow! One thing that will happen every day we're here... swimming in the sea!
Hey everyone! Welcome to our blog!
As you might know, Lîla is getting ready for our incredible European adventure. Our first gig in Barcelona is a mere 2 days away! As we tour across the continent, we'll be spending a lot of time travelling via car, plane, bus, or train, and what better way to pass the time than to keep all our friends updated on what we're up to? We will try to post as often as possible and show you some pictures and videos of the many adventures we are sure to have. Look forward to hearing from all seven of us as we take Europe by storm! So far, Emilio, Bea, Raph, Alison, Christina, and Chris are all in Barcelona, and I will be joining them all last, arriving just hours before our first gig on Saturday!
Well, that's all for now! Talk to you soon,