Peek at Making Music Videos:
Hakim, Khalid Selim, Walid Toufic, Ali el Hagar,
Elam, & Samira Said
am in the USA on vacation for Ramadan and I was chatting
with a friend about the Hakim video I shot before
leaving Cairo. I hadn't seen it and I'd looked on
the internet for it with no luck. I'm not a very
savy internet person but she had sent me the address
for it on Youtube within minutes. So I started looking
for other projects on Youtube I'd been involved in
since moving to Egypt and I found a few. Here is
the Hakim link and insider information that Gilded
Serpent asked for plus a few others I found. Some
of them are dance related and others are with singers
most dancers will recognize.
Leila in Dubai
they initally called me for a video clip with
Hakim I thought they wanted me to dance in
it. I was surprised that they wanted to do
a dark and emotional piece (not typical for
Hakim) and they needed someone who could act.
It was a very tough shoot, two 28 hours days.
I was either crying or yelling at Hakim for
most of the shoot and went home each day with
a headache from it. I really wasn't sure by
the playback how it would look in the end but
Hakim called after he saw the final edit and
was extremely happy with it."
was one of the first clips I did in Cairo. It was
a crazy shoot with many locations. At one point
I was shooting a scene on the top of a tower in
Maadi and the day had run very late. You can see
the boat I am supposed to be performing on sailing
on the Nile in front of us. I was an hour late
to my show! There was also a reporter for a music
magazine that interveiwed us on the set and insinuated
in his article that we were a couple in real life.
It became a wild rumour and when he did his album
release party on a live TV show, I was a guest
and that was the first thing the interviewer asked
us. There were a lot of happy women calling into
the show when they found out Khalid was still single. "
shoot was in Fayoom and they sent a production
van to take me to the location. It was in an
accident on the way to get me so they sent another
van and the new driver didn't know his way. I
arrived to the set 10 hours late. That is why
I am only in a few scenes, they ran out of time.
Walid Toufic is such a lovely person, so easy
going, I have a hard time understanding his Lebanese
accent but I love any project with him."
clip won many awards. It looks spectacular. It
had the best people working on it from the stylist
to the set designer to the director to the choreographer.
We had all worked together many times before
so it was like a nice group of friends on the
set, and they filmed it at a studio next door
to my house so I could go home for lunch."
"I had rehearsed
this live stage show with the singer the night before. It was supposed
to have an intimate feeling between me and the singer but he must have
forgotten all we had rehearsed because he was running all over the stage.
The choreographer was going nuts but people loved it anyway. Eman Zaki
made that costume (everyone always asks)."
was orignally supposed to dance with Samira without
the other backup dancers but she took one look
at me at the rehearsal (I am very tall and she
is petite) and said she wasn't sharing the stage
with me. She said it with a sence of humour but
the backup dancers were still added. She is a
lovely, smart, funny person. When I dance in
these stage shows they always want "something
like bellydance but NOT bellydance." Egypt!
And I have to be covered as you can tell by the
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other possible viewpoints!
with Kay Taylor by Leila of Cairo
Kay seemed a bit older and wiser to the ways of Cairo, many people
assumed she was my manager. They would address their questions
about my fee or my experience to Kay.
Dance; You Follow by Leila
As Westerners interested in an Eastern dance form, we might want to ask ourselves
if we are missing certain critical aspects of Raqs Sharki because we are not
open to Eastern teaching methods.
with Safaa Farid by Leila
days there are times I feel I've seen everything an Egyptian
dancer can do in the first five minutes of her show. She doesn't
change. But foreigners study the dance very hard and they put
much time into their show so that is it interesting for a whole
Middle Eastern Audiences Expect from a Belly Dancer by
Audiences in the Middle East, especially Egyptians,
see bellydancing as something to be participated in, critiqued,
and loved (or hated) with gusto.
- Deeper than the Moves by Keti Sharif
dancer who feels “safe”in the rhythm, footwork, technical
movement feels grounded and secure as she dances. A grounded dancer
will be less "in her head”and allow the authenticity
of feeling to come through her body as a flowing, emotive movement
that expresses the music and how she “feels”the music.
feel the music when you're on stage!”Interview
with Ozgen, Male Turkish Belly Dancer, by Nini
I think my heart still beats for big shows and productions, as
much as I know how stressful and difficult that show-life can
be. I seem to not be able to live without it.
and the Bellydancer by Taaj
then, I wondered, why are so many belly dancers jealous, unhappy,
competitive and insecure? Does belly dance really build self-esteem?