Gilded Serpent presents...
Evening to Remember
photography by David Hernandez
past November, 2002, I was lucky enough to participate
in the 10th Annual "One Enchanted Evening" in
San Diego, hosted by Marula. This
show was a wonderful display of Middle Eastern dance
creativity. "One Enchanted Evening" encourages
belly dancers to create dance pieces that "go beyond
the belly dance stereotype". This year's program
included dances that were playful, some that were heartbreaking,
but all were outstanding!
just a few of the Highlights--
Her gypsy style dance called "Traveler's
Treasury" was really free-spirited and fun, with swirling
skirts and veils, and a whole lot of energy. She gave
an excellent performance.
Marula's troupe Nejume (including
me) was the first to perform after the intermission. Our
piece, choreographed by Marula, was the tragic story of "Daw
di Hiya", a woman who is sentenced to die, ultimately
for love. I was very happy to be in this piece, because
it is very creative, complete with masked judges, Daw di
Hiya's grieving sisters, and our own fabulous flutist!
An incomparable duet closed the show. Marula's
wonderful cabaret-style dancing combined with John
Bilizikjian's fabulous oud playing, sent magical
sparks into every corner of the auditorium!
is always a great performer who does something
really different and creative, like becoming Marilyn
Monroe last year. This year was no exception,
and her flamenco "Andalusian Fusion" dance
After that, the audience saw a mysterious figure
shrouded in a veil on the floor. She came to life, and
was unveiled as Meleah. Her piece "Touch" was
amazing...how many performers can captivate an entire audience
without ever getting up off the floor?
Enchanted Evening" is not just a show. It's a whole
experience of dance creativity and artistry that is unique
and special, and
shows us the kind of beauty that happens when you
go beyond set boundaries and allow yourself to
Marula for allowing us all to come together for this
wonderful experience. It was most definitely an evening
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An event produced by IAMED on Sept 28, 2002. The best from multiple photographers.
Adventures in the Big Apple” by Nisima
So there was really a “mystique” in the 1980’s about
dancing styles in other parts of the US, and especially about the New
York style, so different from what we were used to in the Bay Area.
Festival, Reported by Kalifa
The Dance/Poetry Festival was a blend of different
kinds of dance, but Middle Eastern was in the vanguard
of many of the performances.
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