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Heather Aued as Aello summons the Oracle’s army

Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution

Introduction by Ma*Shuqa Mira Murjan,
Photographs by Carl Sermon

August 30, 2009, Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA.

Enjoy this sampling of photos from this historic event that captures the energy and magnificence of this evolutionary performance and you will be ready to participate in the next Bellydance Evolution Festival presented somewhere in the world.

Jillina Carlano’s Bellydance Evolution marked the beginning of an era in which bellydance moves beyond dance Oriental imported from Egypt and performed in clubs. The "Bellydance Evolution" marks a new milestone in her showmanship, the construction of a bellydanced narrative along the lines of the classical ballets with original music composed by Paul Dinletir.

From traveling the globe and seeing up and coming dancers, came the idea for an online casting competition.  The amazing result of the online dancer competition was an eclectic group of dancers who won the competition and came to Los Angeles from all over the globe: Norway, Australia, Japan, Republic of Georgia, and Netherlands. These dancers joined Jillina’s Los Angeles based Sahala Dance Troupe to learn 14 new choreographies for the show in ten days of intensive rehearsal.

Winning the talent competition was a unique gift for winning dancers and for the audience.  Dancers of the highest technical level had a rare opportunity for intensive study combined with the opportunity to dance in a top notch professional production. 

A special Pre-Show piece featured solos by some of the Bellydance Evolution competition winners: Jennifer Cormier Daly, Shamiram, and Vilia (California), Aisa Lafour (Holland), and Kael (Australia). Siri, a dancer from Norway, was the “People’s Choice” competition winner and performed a solo at the end of the Pre-Show set.

Jillina says, “The goal of the Bellydance Evolution Festival is to entertain and educate people of all backgrounds about this beautiful ancient art form.” Thus, in 2010 she has plans to take the Bellydance Evolution Festival around the world to Germany, Hungary, Morocco – and on to Asia.

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Jillina as Medusa is flirting on Apollo

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Elayssa as Oracle, Louchia as Aphrodite and Heather as Persephone
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Kaeshi as Pandora, Jillina as Medusa, Elizabeth as Thailia.

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Zurab as Apollo and Jillina as Medusa

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L to R, Aisa Lafour as Peitho, Elayssa as Oracle, Kael as Ate, Vilia as Iaso, Shamiran as Eutychia
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Heather as Persephone
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Heather as Persephone

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Heather as Persephone and Zurab as Apollo

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Elizabeth as Thalia and Kaeshi as Pandora

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Elizabeth as Thahlia, scene “Thalia shows off”

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Zurab as Apollo and Jillina as Medusa about to steal the scarf

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Jillina as Medusa in scene “Medusa’s Realization”

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Jillina as Medusa and Gia Mikeladze as Loki is handed the sleeping potion.

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Scene “Searching for Persephone” includes: Aisa, Fiona, Heather, Jeni, Kael, Shamiram, Vilia

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Elayssa as Oracle, Jillina and Kaeshi

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Gia as Loki and Heather as Persephone,
Sleeping potion

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Aisa lafour as Peitho is casting a spell on Loki
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Louchia as Aphrodite in scene “Aphrodite’s compassion”

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Louchia as Aphrodite with Fiona, Heather, Jeni, Jill ,and Jillina

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Heather as Persephone in scene “Persephone’s Idea”

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Jillina as Medusa and Gia as Loki in scene “Medusa’s fury”

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Troupe in Oracles Army, scene “The Oracle’s Army” Aisa, Elayssa, Fiona, Heather, Jeni, Jill, Kael, Shamiram and Vilia.
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Elizabeth as Thalia in scene “The Oracle’s Army”, Apollo surrounded by Amazon warriors to protect Apollo

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Medusa gives Pandora the box, scene “Pandora’s Torment”.

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Apollo is tormented by Pandora. Kaeshi, Elizabeth, Elayssa, Heather, Jillina, Kael

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Kaeshi as Pandora

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Zurab as Apollo and Gia as Loki in scene “Apollo’s Revenge”, Apollo wins over Loki.

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Scene “True Love does conquer all”

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Musicians names: Ozzy, Donavan, Gia, Zurab
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