Over 900 visitors enjoyed the Christchurch Flower Festival at the weekend with it’s stunning dance-inspired floral arrangements.
Chris Cox reports ; “Startling red anthuriums and roses against a backdrop of black lace announced a flamenco, a form of Spanish folk dance and music from Andalucia in Southern Spain.
From Spain to Scotland, where against a backdrop of pine branches, cones and thistles, groups of white carnations, lisianthus, chrysanthemums and stocks joined with tartan ribbons in progressive patterns.
Green carnations, chrysanthemums, and alchemilla in formation represented Irish dancing, while in autumnal colours, golden rod, yellow and bronze spray chrysanthemums and alstromeria, salmon roses and yellow carnations dozy doe’d at a barn dance set off by straw bales, corn shucks and a tiny harvest mouse.
Tap dancing followed, described in green and purple liatris, calla lilies, lisianthus, alstromeria, anthuriums, and carnations, entwining a cane and top hat. Blue delphiniums danced the sailors’ hornpipe with white carnations, chrysanthemums and lisianthus beneath a ship’s wheel; a bale of cotton, storm lantern, and sailor’s hat set off the picture.
Stopping next in Hawaii, apricot carnations, roses and alstromeria surrounded a lei-strewn, grass-skirted hula hula girl. On a more sedate note, miniature glitter balls and feathers highlighted the ballroom dancing arrangement of pink alstromeria, carnations, gerbera and roses against a dramatic black background. Contrasting with this, Morris dancing was a glorious melee of red and green carnations, green chrysanthemums, golden rod and catkins, jewelled with small brass bells. Above was a five pointed sword-lock, the emblem of the EFDSS, and a flower-bedecked hat.
The Mexican Hat Dance tells the story of a man trying to woo a woman, and there is good use of carnations, roses, and alstromeria, together with a heart-shaped box of chocolates lovingly inscribed ‘Te Amo’ under a map of Mexico fashioned from seeds and beans.
Ice-white gypsophila, roses, chrysanthemums and lisianthus set off a pair of silver ice-skates to represent ice dance.
Sometimes performed at funerals in Trinidad, ‘limbo dancing’ was a tropical treasure of flowers and fruit, with strelitzia crowning the uprights of the frames.
Amid swathes of tulle, the glorious stargazer lilies, antirrhinums, lisianthus and roses of the prima donna, sat among her chrysanthemum corps-de-ballet and considered such ballets as Giselle, Swan Lake, and Nutcracker.
The central display showed, in a mass of blooms, Jesus depicted as The Lord of the Dance, portraying His life and His mission as a dance.
‘I am the life that will never, never die.
I’ll live in you if you’ll live in me.
I am the Lord of the dance, said He’.”