Egyptomania: A Love Affair with the East
A Vintage Belly Dance Production and Fundraiser for The Bantwana Initiative
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014 8-10pm
Where: the Cambridge YMCA Family Theater 820 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA
Tickets: $20/$25; http://www.joharasnakedance.com (click on Events)
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Inspired by America’s fascination with Egypt and Egyptian adaptations of Hollywood
style and western music, Snake Dance Theater Company shares a mélange of dances
from the 1890s to the 1950s. After the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in the early 20th
century, America and Hollywood took notice of Egyptian culture and music. From the
art deco craze to the silver screen, Egyptian icons were everywhere. And as Hollywood
movies spread, Egypt began producing its own films, blending American culture with its
Egyptomania explores the cultural appropriations between these two nations and
beyond. We welcome you to delight in a world in which tradition, music and dance
blend to create a fascinating fusion of beauty, intrigue, fun and—of course—flappers!
Join us for sequin-studded performances by some of New England’s most acclaimed
soloists and companies from the world of Middle Eastern and Tribal Fusion belly dance
along with live Middle Eastern music by Club Mediterranean.
Featuring: Johara & Snake Dance Theater; Naraya of Vadalna Tribal Belly Dance, Bevin Victoria of Hybrid Belly Dance, Dan Yonah Ben-Dror Marshall, Tamsyn Bindal, and more.
The Bantwana Initiative, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of families affected by HIV, AIDS and poverty in Africa.
For more information on Egyptomania and to purchase tickets, visit www.joharasnakedance.com. To schedule an interview with the producers, Johara Snake Dance or Alashiya, please contact us at Johara@snakedancetheater.com or Alashiyabellydance@gmail.com.
Snake Dance Theater Company is dedicated to the exploration of traditional and modern belly dance styles as well as fusion styles. Annual performances at the Cambridge River Festival, Figment Festival and GreenFest compliment our yearly fundraiser at the Cambridge YMCA.
Its director, legally blind choreographer Johara (Juliette Cusick), has been producing dance concerts in the genre of Middle Eastern Belly Dance in Boston area since 2001. She has been featured on the covers of the Brookline and Watertown Tabs and has appeared in the Boston Globe, Herald and Phoenix for her past work.
The Company’s co-director, Alashiya (Anne Wright), has been bellying dancing since 2005, learning from Serena Wilson at Serena’s Studio in NYC and choreographing since 2007. She holds a master’s degree in arts education from Harvard University and is passionate about sharing her artistic vision and love of dance.
Visit us online at www.joharasnakedance.com or on Facebook at “Snake Dance Theater”.