Saturday, April 11, 2009

Bollywood Comes to Antwerp's Cavernous Railway Station

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Watch this gloomy terminal spring to life!

It was serendipity at work as commuters were taken by surprise by dancers celebrating Bollywood style, set to the tune of Julie Andrews singing Do Re Mi from The Sound of Music. Some say Brussels and Belgium can be boring, but Antwerp sets the record for dancing in the streets, clubs, and now the famous railway station. Some enchantedly genius choreographer worked out this surprise gift to the dazzled commuters which has now gone viral on YouTube. There were 200 dancers, and I lost count of how many plain folks just jumped in and started dancing.

Antwerp's Central Station is a gorgeous, cavernous kind of public space, just begging to be used for happy events. That potential has now been fulfilled. Imagine Boston's South Station filled with music and dancers.

Come to think of it, it's already been done. I organized a "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" party there in the late 80's with John Skanse from the old Hub Club. Disco and Ballet mixed, as did gay and straight.

There should be more gay fun like that shown on the YouTube video, don't you think? Antwerp is famous for its trashy, wonderful bars and the most open Gay Pride celebration in Europe. It takes place at the end of June, followed by the Euro Games in July, and of course there is the Dance Festival in May.

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