Uploaded on Sep 17, 2007
By far, one of the most wonderful, skilled, well put together, and artistic dance "pieces" I have ever had the pleasure of watching. Something all bellydancers should look at... especially the ones who preach on the topic of what is and what is not bellydance.
This piece was done at the Tribal:Pura show on Saturday, September 15th, in Milwaukee. It features the ladies of Trillium Bellydance, and and Stefanie Masters. The Pura (http://fcbd.com/about/tribalpura.shtml) was hosted and made possible by the wonderful ladies of Trillium Tribal Bellydance. Thanks, ladies! Thank you Jen!!
... from your "Sisters"
... Euphraxia in Buffalo :)
The Project began while watching FCBD's Beledi Performance DVD. While Carolena was being interviewed, she was saying that when she first was dancing, there was no Fusion or Bellydance, it was all Fusion and it's all bellydance. If you are to take this statement and mix it with a touch of creativity and a tad of ingenuity you will have the makings for "The Project".
What you find in today's bellydance community, are many performers who have studied with their teachers to bring you their styles of bellydance. You will find artists ho adapt their own style and give it their own flavor and call it different names to bring you many unique performances. Whole great pains have been taken to create "the unique" and share with the community of our differences as performers, when you study bellydance, you study the foundations of the movements. There you will find the similarities.
The Project is the concept of taking the differences and showing the similarities.
Enter the professional bellydancer soloist (Turkish)
Enter the professional bellydancer troupe (Tribal)
Enter one stage, one music piece and one performance. Not individual performances, but all performers, dancing at the same time.
Is it chaos? Is it control? Can't have one without the other.
Each performer will not compromise their own art form. Each performer will show differences in styles and also similarities of movements within the foundation of bellydance. But, at the same time.
This production should include general concepts of entertainment to each of the bellydancers styles. There should be the "typical" and the "new" in this production. This piece shall include a bit of bellydance nostalgia from the Cabaret dancers with a Tabla performance. There will also be some dynamic choreography as would be used on typical stages for performance. There will be sequences to reflect street dancing down old market place roads in ancient cities. And finally, there will be some movements to remind us that we dance for OURSELVES, as our ancestors did, to celebrate life's milestones, in the presence of women, for women. The "new" will be that different stylists will dance as one unit. The costuming will reflect each style's tradition.
In the end, the common goal is to achieve one dance piece that reflects the original statement from "The Project's" conception... "It's All Bellydance"
-Marie Kaplan, Trillium
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