Thursday, 1 November 2012

Novembro: John Compton

Welcome to Novembro! As announced on Jilly's Facebook page, this month we're featuring male dancers. This first post is slightly poignant, because it features John Compton.

John died at 10 pm on 14 October this year after a long illness. Along with his dance partner, Rita 'Rebaba' Alderucci, John created the Hahbi 'Ru Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble. Both John and Rita had performed with Jamila Salimpour's Bal Anat in the 1970s.

Intensely charismatic, devastatingly handsome and with enough energy to power the national grid, John remained a much sought-after teacher, mentor and performer right up until the end of his too-short life.
Gilded Serpent has a wonderful memorial page if you need any further confirmation of how much he will be missed. There's a host of terrific photos, fond memories and clips -- both interview and performance -- posted there already.

Perhaps because the camera quality isn't too great, this clip isn't featured on GS, but it still shows John at the top of his game. This is from his amazing performance at Tribal Fest 7. Enjoy!

Rachel Brice, John Compton and Princess  Farhana at Tribal Fest 10 in 2010.
Best. Photograph. Ever.
From Princess Farhana's blog

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