With The Trocks UK tour looming ahead of us we’ve been checking in with the company as they perform across the world. We’ll be bringing you regular updates from a different different dancer as they fill us in on all the Trocks gossip and count down to hitting theatres across the UK!
So first up, meet Carlos Renedo (AKA Maria Paranova).
“My life has definitely changed since I joined Trockadero in 2012. For the past few years, I had the chance not only to step on some of the most prestigious stages around the world, but also had the opportunity to know new countries and cultures, while taking with me unforgettable experiences. At the moment, I find myself in the ¨Land of the Rising Sun¨ and I am absolutely in love with this country!
Japan definitely feels like a different world. Every time I come here, it seems like I am going to a different planet. Japan´s unique civilization is blossoming with a rich and a kind of uncommon contrast between the traditional and the modern, with a quirky aesthetic of fashion and entertainment. Not only do I love the wonders and landscapes this country has, but its culture, people, and the food make it even more enchanting. Not to mention how much I love the Japanese language, which I am currently studying a bit every day.
The audiences here are overwhelming! We have had sold out performances in almost every theater we have performed in so far. The Japanese spirit is always warm and welcoming. There is also something very unique for Trockadero in Japan. We have many fans! And yes they give us all the star treatment giving us lots of flowers after the show, many presents, making us sign autographs and take pictures with them.
The daily drizzle of rain we are getting did not stop me from walking around during our days off. I am thankful I got to experience traditional Japanese culture by visiting the Sensō-ji Temple and the Great Buddha of Kamakura. I have also enjoyed a night out with my fellow Trocks at Karaoke, and went for a few shiatsu massages and body-fixes at the Akahigedo Clinic. But certainly one of the most fun memories I have had was spending a couple of days at Tokyo Disney (Luckily, thanks to the magic of Mickey Mousse, it did not rain on those days).
One of the most beautiful things I have seen in my life has been the peaceful and quiet Bamboo Garden of Kamakura. Me and my soon-to-be husband, Chase, spent the day strolling around and visiting the beautiful traditional architecture. We, then, finished the day with a beautiful view of the sunset over Mount Fuji.
Japan is definitely a must-see country. Even though it is small, it certainly is one of the most amazing places I have ever visited. I am looking forward to returning to keep experiencing all the wonders it hides.
Arigato gozaimasu ありがとうございます 🙂
Carlos Renedo (AKA Maria Paranova)