Oh My God…Yoda’s Naked!

Posted: January 26, 2008 in Life, Spain, Tenerife, Travel
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Last night I was subjected to a vision that I was totally unprepared for, and one that will stay with me for some time; the sight of Yoda from Star Wars déshabillé.

Whilst the south of Tenerife had ‘Rocket Man’ Elton John flying in by private jet, performing for a couple of hours and flying straight back out again, the north is gradually being infected by its annual bout of Carnaval fever.

Puerto de la Cruz, Carnaval poster 2008In Puerto de la Cruz, street lights with cat’s faces and harlequin masks are being erected around the harbour; music stages and chorizo and beer stalls are springing around Plaza del Charco and on TV, at least five stations have begun screening Murga contests.
Murgas are village-sized groups of men and women in clown-like costumes with painted faces who sing satirical songs that seem to last for hours. The first time I saw them I thought they were great and then, after about three minutes, the novelty wore off.
But last night one Murga group broke with tradition; each member of the ensemble was dressed like a character from Star Wars. There were stormtroopers, wookies, ewoks, a particularly butch Princess Leia and then there was Yoda.
Bizarrely, Yoda, clearly carried away the razzmatazz of the occasion, kept flashing the audience. Worse was to come. Not content with just flashing, he whipped off his cloak completely and proceeded to prance about the stage with the Yoda ‘crown jewels’ on full display for all to see (thank goodness that Yoda’s assertion  ‘always two there are’ wasn’t accurate on this occasion).

It was the funniest Murga performance I’ve witnessed in my four years here, but Star Wars will never be the same again.

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