mercoledì 25 maggio 2011

Jumping around

C'e' un motivo se ho cambiato il nome del blog ad "Around the world".
Perche' oggettivamente sto sempre in giro.

Cosi' dopo un fantastico tour de force di 48 ore a Roma, domattina parto per Amsterdam, dove staro' la bellezza di 5 giorni ospite di un amico di Ares (con Ares ovviamente).

Intanto le immagini di Roma mi affollano ancora la mente.

Ho passato due giorni pensando: ma io riuscirei a vivere in questa citta'?
Ha i suoi pro e contro.
E' splendida splendida splendida. Un museo a cielo aperto.
Un evento continuo. Una citta' che non si ferma mai.


E' cosi' caotica.
Cosi affollata di turisti e di "cristianita'" ostentata.

Caratteristica e forzata allo stesso tempo. penso potrei vivere a Roma.
Mi stresserebbe a morte dopo una settimana.
Pero' ci passerei volentieri una settimana l'anno.
Tutti gli anni.
Con il naso all'insu', la bocca spalancata e l'emozione negli occhi.

Piu' o meno queste 48 ore le ho passate tutte cosi'. =)

venerdì 20 maggio 2011

mercoledì 18 maggio 2011

Zuli - Naa Na

So...on sunday I went to Monza and shot the video with Zuli.


I guess that the good ol' narcissistic me, that's been kept away too long during my teen and early twenties, just exploded.
I loved being in front of the camera.
I usually always love being in front of an audience.
Beda and stagefright? Never met each other. And I literally mean never.

But I've never been in front of a camera like that. SO much. So intensively.
It's been a blast!!!
Zuli's producer loved me and gave me some really great feedback.
The director and director of photography were super nice, loved what i did and also gave me really really good feedback.
Zuli was ecstatic. He thanked me like...a million times.

We had sooo much fun.
The video was shot rather quickly as it was entirely done in studio (which scared me a bit at first as it was nothing more than a room with dark walls and some curtains and carpets).

I was shocked to see the images as I looked a lot better that I thought.
A couple of movement shots were just fantastic and a couple of booty shots were also like...whoa.
I did look pregnant in other shots as...well...there's no way I can really hide my big tummy when I'm dancing.

Still I had a blast.
And I really hope more will come!!!

I'll post the video as soon as it's out!!!

Yeah I'm a flexible bitch.

martedì 10 maggio 2011


So here's the deal.

I'm a HUGE fan of ABDC.
And I was so excited when the new season started.

I was over the moon for the fact that D-Trix from Quest Crew had been added to the judging panel (replacing super-boring Omarion) and immediately thought they had picked some really really fantastic crews.

A couple of things did throw me off thou.
1) This whole superstar thing. Blah. Going through one whole episode on Kesha was a nightmare and next week is going to be frekkin Bieber and I already feel like throwin up. Seriously c'mon!!! I would understand J.Lo or T-Pain or Chris Brown or even David Guetta. But frekkin Bieber?????
2) The under-age assault. I'm talking about the Iconic Boyz. I take it a bit as an insult that these little white kids, trained by one of the best choreographers ever to appear on the show (Gio from Iconic - season 1), that have been dancing only for a couple of years and that are really young, are already on this show. They're good alright, but I refuse to believe they're one of the best crew's they've found. Yeah it's marketing, it's publicity, it's the perfect opportunity to justify a whole episode on songs of another teeny weeny (frekkin...I'm not gonna write his name again).....but DAMMIT!!! Because they're "so young! Just kids! And they dance! They dance good! So cute!!! So adorable!!!" I fear they'll go all the way to the top. And they just don't deserve it.
3) Last week Request Crew (that was my favourite crew) was thrown out in favor of Street Kingdom. Ok now. I LOVE Tight Eyez. And I LOVE Krumping. It's so unique and powerful and emotional and crazy and beautiful. But this doesn't justify the crew staying on. It's non sense to keep the crew because D-trix is a huge fan of Tight Eyez and because they're krumpin on national tv and because they're from the ghetto. As a crew they don't know how to stand out and it shows 'cos Tight is ALWAYS the center of attention. There's too many of them and most of the time they don't seem to know what they're doing. Request on the other hand was the perfect crew. They have attitude, skillz, swag, creativity, precision, versatility. I thought it was plain ol bullshit that they got sent home.

I thought that it couldn't get any worse.


Episode 5: Rihanna. Challenge: dancehall steps.

Oh yes they did.
They brought DANCEHALL to ABDC.
The idea behind it made sense: Rihanna is from the Barbados and they play a lot of dancehall there.
But. Does Rihanna have anything to do with dancehall? Not so much actually. She has a couple of songs that get some inspiration from it (Pon de replay and Rude Boy) and she did a couple of collaboration in Jamaica, but really, she, and her sound now, have nothing to do with dancehall. A better artist to choose would have been Sean Paul (of course) or maybe even Wyclef. Or well...let's not forget that Damian Marley (son of Bob Marley) is one hell of an artist and just last year he released an amazing album with Nas.

They gave each crew a song by Rihanna and her choreographer, Tanisha Scott, give them the step they had to feature in they're choreo.
And that made me think again: this should have been Sean Paul's week. 'Cos Tanisha Scott was also his choreographer and did A LOT of videos with him.
So the girl is a dancehall dancer. And she knows what she's doing.
Or so I thought.
These are the steps she gave the crews:

 Instant Noodles (the b-boy crew) got the HEAD TOP.
 Does it look like a challenge to you? To me it doesn't. It was also really weird that she gave it to an all male crew, because it's a girl "power-move", 'cos men don't shake their asses. Especially not on their heads.
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Iconic Boyz got the GIVE DEM A RUN (video under pic.).
It's an iconic (ha-ha) step in dancehall, so I perfectly understand why it has been chosen's been around at least 8 years now, as it became known in 2003 with "Pon di river" from Elephant Man and it was also shown in the video fo "Like glue" from Sean Paul. I mean...THAT IS ONE HELL OF AN OLD STEP!!! 
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I was afraid that things would go worst and of course they did.

I Am Me got The Spiderman.
Which was fine actually. It's not a step that usually get's called out in songs but if you dance dancehall it just kinda comes out on it's own.
And I Am Me did a really fine job on it. They're my favourite crew now.
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And then...Street Kingdom got the DUTTY WINE.
The original song by Tony Matterhorn starts like this: "attitude gyal!!!". And the Dutty Wine is the epidemy of a girl step!!! Since 2006 girls have been swingin their heads and weaves and breaking their necks to the song and not only to that song! 
So what's the problem? Well outta 10 members there is only one girl in Street Kingdom (and can I add not a very sexy one). The idea of seeing these tough krumpers rolling their heads didn't appeal to me at all.
On top of that they got Rude Boy, which is a really nice song to dance to. slow wine to. The dutty wine needs ENNNNERRRGY and the songs doesn't have it. Period.
Was it bad? It was real  real bad. And Lil Mama and D-Trix can cry and praise them all they want but they sucked!!!
And miss Tanisha Scott: u suck too!!!
Why in the world would you give the dutty wine to a crew like that??? U ran out of old steps??? I would have loved to see them Sweep or Rubba Bounce but if these steps are too new for you you could have give them a Signal di Plane or a Wacky Dip or a Shovel it!!! C'MON!!!
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787 got the Gallis Step.
To be honest I had no idea what it was. Well no...I saw it and did it loads of times but I never had any idea it was called like that.
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Still going through really old steps Phunk Phenomenon got The Chaplin.
And there my jaw and balls and patience just dropped.
The Chaplin????
A step where you almost don't move???
A Heel-Toe (as old and over-rated as it is) would have been a better choice. Well actually no.
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What really really pissed me off during this episode was the fact that ALL these steps are AT LEAST 5 YEARS OLD!!!

So what about what dancehall has done since 2006???
The way it's grown, the way it has spread worldwide, the thousands of dancers that dance and create new steps everyday, the artists that more and more support and show these dancers and their dances.

Considering that ABDC has always done an episode to showcase the new steps and styles of Hip-hop I've found this lack of acknowledgement -on the growth of dancehall- lame and disappointing.

By the end of the episode I was actually furious and wlaked around the house almost shouting (lucky my mother is used to the fact that I'm not normal) and actually fell in a bad mood over the next 2 days everytime I thought about it.

'Cos c'mon!!! They could've done an episode on Elephant Man and shown dances like: Nuh Linga, Sweep, Gully Creepa, Sassa Step, Rubba Bounce and Steady Wine. Or an episode on Mr.Vegas and have: Tek weh yourself, Raging bull, Hot wuk, Gallis swing, Sassa step, Round of applause. And I don't even want to think at an RDX challenge, that would've been the bomb.


giovedì 5 maggio 2011

Big things a gwaan!

Which means: big things are happening.

Well there's one particular big thing.

I'm going to dance in a video.


A video of a very good artist.

And I am soooo excited about it!!!

The artist is Zuli. Who is very well known in Torino in the reagge/hiphop/dancehall scene.

We were Facebook friends and officially met at a party a couple of years ago. 
He came up to me and said "Hey you're Beda! I'm always lookin at your pics! Seen you dance, I'm a big fan of you!!!"
And I was like "WHAT???"

He has just released his new album and he called me up a month ago asking if I wanted to be in his next video.
Obviously my answer was: "OF COURSE MAN!!!"

And apparently the time has come!!!
We'll be shooting next week!!!

Training time!!!

martedì 3 maggio 2011

Torino: you will always be my endless love

Murazzi del Po. Tramonto invernale.

Ho promesso ad Auryn che avrei scritto un post su Torino.

Ma in verita'... un post non basterebbe mai per descrivere Torino.

Ho vissuto a Torino per quasi sei anni, ancora sono iscritta all'universita' quindi ci torno ogni volta che posso/devo.
E il mio amore per Torino e' assoluto. Eterno.

L'ho capito davvero lo scorso mese.
Ricordate quella prima settimana asfissiante di Aprile? 
Un caldo anormale. Pazzesco. Canotte ed infradito sono sbucati prematuramente per fronteggiare il calore improvviso.

E io ero nella "mia" citta'.
Io e Vale (una delle mie super migliori amiche) tornavamo verso casa dopo una bella ed inaspettata cena da un amico.
E sbucando da Via Napione verso Piazza Vittorio eccola li'.
Di notte. Illuminata di mille luci. La Gran Madre, il ponte di Piazza Vittorio, i Murazzi, i locali sul lungo Po, il monte dei Cappuccini in lontananza.
E i riflessi sull'acqua del fiume.
Se non avete visto quello scorcio della citta' in una serata cosi' non potete capire.
Ti lascia emozionata e a bocca aperta come la prima volta che la persona che ami ti dice "Ti amo".

Sono rimasta incantata a fissare il panorama finche' Vale non mi ha risvegliato dal mio sogno ad occhi aperti.

Eppure, forse, non dovrei piu' essere soggetta a questo "effetto incanto".
Non so quante notti ho passato ai Murazzi, quante sere sono passate per Piazza Vittorio, le strade vicine, il ponte, davanti alla Gran Madre, quante albe ho visto sorgere risalendo le scale che portano sul  lungo Po.

Eppure mi prende sempre.
Torino mi strappa sempre mille sospiri.

E per questo ogni tanto scrivero' un post sulla citta' su un luogo particolare, che io penso sia imperdibile o a cui sono legata in modo particolare.
Perche' Torino mica la puoi vedere in 15 minuti. Neanche quando la leggi nelle parole di qualcuno che la ama.