Huh, really crushing show!! You must see it, hear it, feel it - simply live it to know what I'm writing about... but anyway, I'm gonna try to share with you some of my stunning experience.
...well, there is so much to say:-)... so here I'll write about the show in general and in the another post you will find the review with the most interesting comments and pictures from various parts, OK? One more thing at the beginning - all the pictures in these posts have been taken by me (mobile phone) or Paja's camera!!
I left the dorm with Zuzka and Paja at 4 p.m. on 7th September 2006, heading to Sazka Arena, where Fabian, Starosta and his friend Michal joined us. At 18:00 they let us inside. The show started in cca 3,5 hours - around 9,30 p.m.
Our position was by the end of the catwalk/runway (as Madonna says) ... its edge was reachable by hand!! It took a lot of effort to hold this positions till the very end, because of passionate crowds:-)
During the show, there have been many moments which are fascinating me even now... first of them was the professionalism in everything:
Choreography - I know what I disliked on Madonna's last tour, that she was either singing/dancing alone or in a group of 15 people... Here it was absolutely balanced - she performed single, in duo, with one/two co-dancers, with all 11 dancers... each step trained in the deepest detail - enjoyable stuff;-)
Music - it wasn't just song by song... and good bye. Many of her songs were remixed for the purposes of this show. La Isla Bonita in a faster beat, astonishing remix of Sorry, many prolonged versions so as to make the atmosphere even more thrilling!!
Movies - video effects everywhere - on 4 screens in the front, on 2 screens overhead, on 3 "floor-screens" on the runways... What was very interesting were the front screens - there were 3 large squared screens and one giant rectangular screen - all of them kept changing place continuously, which was in combination with all other effects source of unique atmosphere during each song!
Lights - hundreds of lights (as usual on concerts) where shinning all over the Sazka Arena - even making shapes in the audience. But what matters most is that each song preserved its typical atmosphere - light intensity, speed, color, direction - these all made each song really unique.
Details - on the stage as well as on the runway, there was many "holes/lifts" by which Madonna and her dancers were entering and leaving the stage very smoothly to (dis)appear in the right time, again - scheduled on seconds!! Golden party-balloons falling down during the last song, were also very cool present for the audience.
What I appreciated most apart from professionalism was the coherence of all these elements - everything you heard was somehow "visible" on the screens, floors, simply all around... and vice versa.
Timing was very sophisticated aspect of the show! Nothing went conventionally: the show started with horses on the screens, then Madonna appeared on the screens, then Madonna started to talk to the audience "from the screens", then the large glittering globe slowly descended from the ceiling, then the music was graduating, then the globe (2,5 m far!!) opened... Madonna smiled to the audience and carried on singing LIVE!!! Unbelievable!!
Finishing the show with Lucky Star combined together with Hung Up into neverending 15-minute performance during which Madonna's dancers even jumped into the audience, Madonna herself changed her clothes and in the very end the large screen covered them all and faded-out... just perfect and so powerful, that any additional bonus song would only spoil the atmosphere!!
Simply once-in-a-lifetime experience!!
- check how it was before the concert HERE
- experience how the show went on HERE
- read Paja's post (views from different angle) HERE