I went to a bellydance show the other night. My friend Val was in the “Wheel of Fortune” piece. There was no arm-twisting for me, a Bellydancing show with a bunch of pieces based on Tarot cards sounded awesome to me.
It was really great and surpassed my expectations. The music was great, although aside from few drums for a couple of pieces and a clarinet accompanying one piece, it wasn’t live. The theatre was very nice and I thought the space added to it. It was at the Merce Cunningham Studio way west in the village. The costumes were phenomenal.
Every single piece was excellent. They were all different. Here’s a quick rundown:
The Fool - Blanca
The Lovers (story: Venus & Tannhauser) - Neon and Angel
The Lovers (parody) - Yoshina and Todd Colburn
The Hermit - Tanna Valentine
The High Priestess - Sarah Johansson Locke & Alchemy Dance Theater
The Emperor - Toshi Hamada and Blanca
The Wheel of Fortune (story: Cleopatra) - Sarah Skinner, Kazja and the Sisters of Salome
The Empress (story: Parvati) - Ayshe
The Magician - Neon and Blanca
Adjustment / Justice (sword dance) - Irina Akulenko
Lust - Sarah Skinner and the Sisters of Salome
Temperance - Andrea Anwar
The Hanged Man - Alicia and Heather of BellyCraft, Miami (Gothic)
The Devil - AnasmaJudgment - Autumn Ward
Death - Fayzah and Aurea Dancers (Sangeeta Vallabhan & Zahra Hashemian)
The Star - Elisheva & Kittarina
I loved all of it, but I’ll tell you about some of my favorites. There’s also some photos online.
Parody of Lovers was nice and jazzy. The music was “Black Cat Tango” by Yuko Oz. The guy and the girl were dressed up jazzy and this was the one with the clarinet. They guy played it along with the music at times. It was a lot of fun and quite different from what I would think of as traditional bellydancing.
The High Priestess had impressive choreography. There were 5 women and I loved how they interacted and the whole sequence.
The Wheel of Fortune was so elaborate and so well done. It was about Cleopatra.
The Hanged Man had a really cool techno/disco type feel and the 2 girls who performed were awesome. It had a really cool vibe.
That’s all I have time for, but really every single piece was excellent and I loved the whole thing. I heard that every one of the Venus Uprising shows is phenomenal, and I’m not surprised.