Blood Moon Regale:
Photos and text by Brad
the eight years since Amy
Sigil’s Hot Pot Studio began the Blood
Moon Regale, the event has grown from a modest student
show to a showcase of the best national and International Belly
dance talent. That makes sense; after all, during those same
eight years Amy Sigil’s Unmata troupe has
taken the tribal Belly dance world by storm, headlining major
festivals and touring the globe, with dates in Puerto Rico,
England, Czech Republic, Holland, Spain, Germany, Italy, and
France slated for 2009.
magic begins at home, around Halloween, every year.The
2008 Blood Moon Regale consisted of a Friday night fire show,
a pair of Saturday workshops with Shakra and The
Uzume, the Saturday evening gala show that is
the highlight of the event, and a Saturday night after party
that rocked deep into Sunday morning.
the years have progressed, the actual Blood Moon Regale shows
have evolved into some of the most ambitious productions in
the scene, with myriad acts coming together to create a single
story or theme. Past years’ shows have told the twisted tale
of Alice in Wonderland, the adventures of Batman in a gothic
Gotham City, and last year’s unleashed a menagerie of wild
beasts in a demented day at the Zoo.
stars of the dance have always turned out to play their roles,
role as the Red Queen, Sabrina Fox as the
Caped Crusader, and Suhaila Salimpour as the
King of the Jungle. This year’s show was no exception with
star power including Urban Tribal from
San Diego, Ariellah from the SF Bay Area, Shakra from
Washington DC, and The Uzume from the
Netherlands. Sooz returned for another wacky
turn as the eccentric professor guiding you through this year’s
controversial theme: Disease.
interpretations ranging from comic to poignant, dancers portrayed
a gamut of disorders from Scarlet Fever to Head Lice, Elephantiasis
to Anorexia. Many of the performances were touchingly powerful,
while others such as Origin’s depiction
of Crabs had the capacity audience at the grand old Colonial
Theatre laughing out loud (and scratching themselves subconsciously).
after party featured performances by Aubre, Elizabeth
Mahina and She’enedra, and Tatseena with
her scaly friend. The catered party had everything from crafty
shopping opportunities to dancers dressed as naughty nurses. Mitara’s
ooky-spooky gothic number was sabotaged by a renegade DJ and
ended up as a knee-slapping polka. Unmata and their student
group Verbatim closed out the festivities
by packing the floor with the unique Hot Pot flavor.
dancing into the morning, everyone finished the Blood Moon
Regale physically and emotionally spent but rejuvenated by
the promise of next year’s Blood Moon Regale.
Lisa Fiera of San Francisco in Parkinsons
The Uzume of The Netherlands
in Heart Disease
Origin Tribal Bellydance of
Chico CA in Crabs
Hiplash LA in Tuberculosis
SeVen of Pasadena CA in
Hiplash LA, CA inTuberculosis
the group is Sadiqa form Pittsburgh.
Amy and Unmata performing during the after party
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