Jan 30, 2013

January OPS Meeting Recap

Gordon Conn of SFU Pipe Band was the featured performer at our January meeting, and as we have come to expect from SFU pipers, his piping was fantastic!  He played numerous jigs and marches, a couple Breton pieces that were lively and inventive (one had a phrase that changed each time he played it through), a Galician tune, a slow aire, and the bagpipe version of the very famous song, Thunderstruck.  Mind blowing that was!
Libby Patterson, a Portland Highland Dancer, was our Local Hero this month and she performed a few solo dances that were lovely.  One dance in particular that stood out for me was her solo “choreography” dance which is a kind of performance where Highland Dance competitors are permitted to combine steps from several different National and Highland dances into a personal sequence having meaning to the dancer. It was beautiful, skillful, and amazing to watch!

Portland Highland Dancers were our guest "group" for the evening, and the dancers performed sometimes individually, and sometimes in duos or as a group.  All the dancers were really amazing, and they performed a number of Highland and National dances, many of which were visually strong and stunning.  Stand outs for me were the Ghillie Chalum (Sword Dance), the Seann Triubhas (Shedding of the Trousers), and the Sailor’s Hornpipe.  I liked them all, of course, but perhaps because I'd never seen it before, or perhaps it was because the dancer was particularly commanding, but it was the Sailor's Hornpipe dance for me - a powerful, rousing, stomping feat of grace, skill, and endurance!
View the evening’s photos on our Picasa album, and watch the piping & dancing performances on our OPSINPDXVIDEOS YouTube channel! You won't want to miss these!