International Dance Day in Spin City

We’ve celebrated International Dance Day today in Spinderiet – today’s special performance was by a Danish band, led by a Danish woman who seeminlgy stepped straight out of a 70s kibbutz – I am not sure what the concentration of Jewish people is here in Valby, but Izabel and myself, along with some Middle-Eastern kids contributed as much as we could, so the day did not go by unnoticed. The balalajka this musician is playing is of a smaller size than usual, we were told.

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A Night to Remember

It’s over three weeks ago we went to see Hærværk at Det Kongelige Teater (The Royal Danish Theatre) – a wonderful story of rebellion in many ways, of rebirth and death and constant struggle told in a cinematic way. It was the very first time we experienced Nyhavn at night, without the children, careless, free and in love. For a lovely evening, köszönöm szépen, Kincsem.

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PS. Silvia and Anita – thank you for making all of this possible.

On lovers’ day

A wonderful Friday, we took off from work in the name of love: visited The Round Tower, the temporary exhibition in the adjacent Building: The Golden Organ Tone in Nordic Art, browsed for books in Nordisk Antikvariat (a used-books store in a church), had Hanegal sausages at a hot-dog stand nearby, hearty linser at a bakery, walked hand-in-hand and forgot for a moment the roles we have as father and mother to our wonderful Matthias and Izabel – were just ourselves, amidst busy inner Copenhagen. Happy Valentine’s Day, to all of you in love.

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El Empleo/The Employment

Dirección / Direction: Santiago ‘Bou’ Grasso
Idea: Patricio Plaza
Animación / Animation: Santiago Grasso / Patricio Plaza
Productora / Production company: Opusbou

Geishas and samurais

We’ve visited the National Museum’s temporary photograph exhibition Girl with parasol – a beautiful collection stretching no more than 2 large rooms, yet you feel you transcend Europe and Western civilization while you browse pictures of Japanese tourists, taken at Copenhagen Zoo back in 1902. The quality of the photographs is impressive, taken in consideration they were shot with primitive tools, at the turn of the last century – it appears they have used a special albumin technique, which involves coating the photos with egg-white, in order to achieve a shiny surface.

You can watch some of the photos here.

We’ve also tried the purikura booth that was set up – Japanese teenage culture craze – they use this photo both to create and edit pictures of themselves in an imaginary world, where there are no pimples, eyes are Bambi-like and your skin is flawless. Here’s our take on ourselves:

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Equally interesting was to watch last century’s photos of European tourists, shot in Japanese outfits, against a Japanese landscape, all set up in a studio. It made me smile for a while, as it echoed today’s fascination with taking pictures of oneself in exotic tourist places and posting them immediately afterwards on Instagram, facebook, twitter or other social media.

An intriguing 30 minute visit that felt like a quick cultural dip – tusind tak, Kincsem!