Monday, 12 November 2012

Novembro: Amir Thaleb

Please welcome boot-loving, spin-addicted Argentinian maestro Amir Thaleb to our Novembro Festival of Male Dancers.

Although I am not fit to tie his signature-range sandals*, I am as amused by Mr Thaleb's stage craft as I am impressed by it. Since I am a massive ham, this is intended as a compliment.

Here he is at Aziza's birthday bash in 2010, back when he didn't have a fear of the barber shop. This is a casual, relaxed performance and makes quite a contrast with the other epic performances highlighted in this post:


And listen to the crowd on the following two videos, man. It sounds like The Beatles are on stage! People shriek like this when I dance too, but their cries have an edge of panic and terror missing from those in these clips. Here he is at La Plata, Buenos Aires, 2011. I am unsure what to make of this costume. Without wishing to, I keep finding my attention drawn to the little Amir Jnr, if-you-know-what-I-mean-and-I'm-sure-you-do:



At the Dariya Mitskevich Gala Show, 2011. Never before has a live band done SUCH a good job of evoking the sensation of muzak. Or is that just me?:



*Oh, no -- really. You can buy some from his website.

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