In the hotel we were staying we went to the local theme night and were entertained by these guys.
Belly dance or Bellydance is a "Western"-coined name for a traditional "West Asian" dance, especially raqs sharqi (Arabic: رقص شرقي). It is sometimes also called Middle Eastern dance or Arabic dance in the West.
The term "Belly dance" is a translation of the French "danse du ventre" which was applied to the dance in the Victorian era. It is something of a misnomer as every part of the body is involved in the dance; the most featured body part usually is the hips. Belly dance takes many different forms depending on country and region, both in costume and dance style, and new styles have evolved in the West as its popularity has spread globally. Although contemporary forms of the dance have generally been performed by women, some of the dances, particularly the cane dance, have origins in male forms of performance.
Raqs sharqi (Arabic: رقص شرقي; literally "Dance of the Near East") is the style more familiar to Westerners, performed in restaurants and cabarets around the world. It is more commonly performed by female dancers but is also sometimes danced by men. It is a solo improvisational dance, although students often perform choreographed dances in a group.
Raqs baladi, (Arabic: رقص بلدي; literally "dance of country", or "folk" dance) is the folkloric style, danced socially by men and women of all ages in some Middle Eastern countries, usually at festive occasions such as weddings.
Belly dance was popularized in the West during the Romantic movement of the 18th and 19th centuries, when Orientalist artists depicted romanticized images of harem life in the Ottoman Empire. Around this time, dancers from Middle Eastern countries began to perform at various World's Fairs, often drawing crowds in numbers that rivaled those for the science and technology exhibits. It was during this period that the term "oriental" or "eastern" dancing is first used. Several dancers, including the French author Colette, engaged in "oriental" dancing, sometimes passing off their own interpretations as authentic.
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meyerd (1626) 2012-04-25 6:36
hmmh, interesting ! The composition with the dancer and the musiciens is very good. I'm a little troubled by the reddishness, so I tried a workshop version. See what you think of it, I guess it's a matter of taste anyway.
Best regards Dietrich
tyro (19080) 2012-04-25 15:43
A very interesting note and a fine picture to illustrate it.
It would be easy to comment that your slow shutter speed has rendered parts of this picture less than sharp but, firstly, you had little choice other than to wind up the ISO to ridiculous levels or use flash (which would either have been prohibited or certainly undesirable) and, secondly, I think the slight blurring in parts has actually added to that sense of movement.
Nice colours, good exposure and excellent detail.
I like this one!
P.S. I don't see Dietrich's workshop.
paololg (31448) 2012-04-30 10:25
Ciao dear Ian,
an original and creative image, with a nice feeling of the movement and the typical Moroccan mood. The atmosphere is that of the party, with this beautiful ballerina that dances the danse du ventre. I like it, congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice Tuesday!