Del Vientre by Devorah Korek
by Gregory Burke
2005, hardcover, 300 plus pages. In Spanish.
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Once in a
while an object of desire comes along, which is deemed important
by its obscurity. Such could be the case with this hardcover,
difficult to acquire tabletop adornment from Devorah
Korek, an American-born Belly Dance teacher living
and thriving in Spain.
this book turns out to be a wild ride on a roller coaster
that, combined with lavish photography, makes for one
great coffee table book.
“buzz” comes along with this handsomely adorned object of celebration
and thought into the art of teaching dance. This book is entirely
in Spanish and divided into 9 chapters. Each chapter has subheadings
with italicized one-sentence statements. The contents after
the subheadings define and expand upon these concepts. Such
as Chapter 3: “Travel To The Center Of Your Body,” which will
tell you the macrocosm and microcosm nature of this teacher’s
facile mind. Yes,
it’s the Big, Big Picture.
After a fawning
introduction by Farida
Fahmy, of Reda Troupe fame, the book
throttles history and shakes out a new set of bones. The
primary thesis is that the “movements of the dance” were always
there. They are inherent in a woman’s body, and that most ancient
religions have “mother goddesses” capable of giving and ending
life. We move effortlessly between 4000BC and the much-maligned
Orientalists of the 19th century.
thinking here is that the dance is circular “like nature,
like the solar
system, like the cave paintings, like the Venus Of Willendorf.” I’d
like to suggest that is a difficult point to argue against,
even for the most devoted academic wonk.
chapter touches effortlessly on all the “forbidden areas”…“One
God, One Dance, Feminine Sexuality and Labyrinths, Odalisques,
Harems and other Lies, the Belly as the Center of Spirituality,
and the Future (is) In Our Hands.”
I know you’re
saying, this book wouldn’t last 20 minutes in English, where
the “Meaning-Reductionists” could take critical control. Here’s
a news flash—it’s not for the US market! It is designed to
appeal to Latin Women, and more precisely, Latin Belly Dancers.
And appeal it does! That’s a huge market and it’s not as fractured
as the US home market. This is a Philosophy, a Dance Methodology,
and a Discipline.
all, this is self-affirmation.You’re part of a belief system
in an evolving universe, with the image of the dancing woman
at the very center, and the planets of the solar system spinning
all-encompassing first chapter, the rest of the book opens
up into her teaching method and way beyond, and it holds up
glitch, the author’s teaching, which is apparently 4000 years
old is now a “trademarked” system.
it this way, that’s what that “V” microchip in your TV is for.
If you’re practicing unpaid wiggles to her DVD, a red pop-up
appears, and you owe her five dollars. Well, not really.
I know you
might say this book sounds remarkable for it’s lack of humor,
distance and perspective. Seems stuck in a Eurocentric conceit?
Wait until we tell you what you going to have to do to get
it. First off…
This is the
“Blair Witch” of Belly Dance Books. It’s hard to find the “it”
of it. If you go to one of Amazon’s Multi-Cultural sites serving
the world, expect to pay $120-$200 for a copy, plus shipping. Unless
by this article’s date, some canny DVD & Costume Dealer
has acquired some copies for local sale, our advice is to go
the author’s website direct.
“Sarabi.es,” punch “translation” program. Upon arrival, hit
“Libro” and after checking out the reviews and outline, if
you are pleased as punch go for “Buy.” As of last night, the
price was around 30 Euros, which is under $50.00 US, and pay
for shipping to your house. Just like Ebay. Be aware, the dollar
is falling faster then a fat man without a parachute. Longer
you wait, the more it’s going to cost.
set the bar for excellence and some are just plain embarrassing.
“Danza Del Vientre,” is right dead center in the middle.
you have an empty spot on your coffee table that needs filling,
and you have the money to acquire this book -- Do it!
the zil rating: It gets a whole bucket of zils in review from
us. Half of the
for “it so crazy, it’s wonderful,” and half for actual usefulness
and physical beauty of the book. May
you dance forever with the heavens spinning in your head and
your “V” chip in place.
To buy this
book, contact author by email or phone here-
Tel: (+34) 93 410 11 12 Tel: (+34) 9341011 12
Móvil: (+34) 628 25 25 75
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