I recently saw a clip from Chantal Chamandy's live concert at the Giza Pyramids and was really impressed, what a spectacular set up...right at the feet of the Sphinx!
There's a full trailer to watch on her official site - Chantal Chamandy.com
Here's a little bit more about the DVD:
Chantal is one of the only people to have received permission to perform at the pyramids so far and the set design and choreography was done by Guy St-Amour and GeneviÃ¨ve Dorion-Coupal who have previously worked with Cirque du Soleil.
On a personal mission to promote peace through cultural exchange, Egyptian-born Canadian artist Chantal Chamandy returns to her native country to perform an extraordinary concert at the majestic Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx, accompanied by the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and her troupe of ten dancers. This marks the first time ever a concert was permitted to be filmed at the base of the Pyramids on the Giza plateau and offers a breathtaking, illuminated view of the last remaining wonder of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Visually enhanced by striking choreography, elegant staging and a dynamic light show, the concert includes an emotional rendition of "Somewhere" from West Side Story, two traditional Arabic songs ("Salma ya Salama" and "Helwa ya Beladi"), and Chantal's original compositions ("You Want Me," "Peace," "Let's Talk About You" and many others). Filmed September 7, 2007, the performance features guest appearances by the Egyptian National Ballet Company, Tanoura dancers, a Darbouka drum band and an Egyptian marching band.
The belly dance fell in love the world, so we discover the folklore of the peoples of the Orient several other dances, such as Khaleege, the Tahtib and female version (Raks Al assay) or Raks Al Shemadan, which already incorporate the our "acquis". However, some methods can rarely be learned (or even seen) by us, Westerners, usually because they have a religious character or carry strong cultural traits. Meleah Laf Laf Meleah means handkerchief wrapped. This dance was seen only in Egypt, especially in the suburbs of Cairo. In 20 years, a fashion in Cairo, where women in society began to use the Meleah, great black scarf, wrapped the body. The fashion now, but the girls of the suburb to this day continue to use their handkerchiefs. However, they now use in the dance. The mooring pattern of Meleah is the veil under the breasts, holding one end under the arm. On the other hand, the veil is over the head and secure it by hand. During the dance, the dancer "pull" the Meleah to make it fair to the body and their apparent feminine forms, particularly the hip. During the music, the dancer loose the scarf and dance to the end with him in his hands. It is common to see them dancing a chador (almost always in the crochet) covering the face, which can also be taken during the presentation. Another interesting observation: the dancer chewing gum during the dance (traditionally, the Egyptian used chewing gum miska). The way you walk, the scarf and chador covering what later will be discovered, the act of chewing gum, the music (always very cheerful and festive) are important factors that characterize the way the girls Baladi Egypt. It is a dance full of stereotypes, where you need charm and a dash of daring for which it interprets. Dance Ghawazee Ghawazee to the Egyptians, means gypsy. So were the dancers called Dance of the Ventre, in Ancient Egypt, that were in the streets, also received the name of The People's Dancers. The ghawazee perform this dance in a way all special, with costumes and folklore, tribal paint on faces, turbans and scarves tied to the head, and traditional songs, with few instruments and typical. Today, few Roma try to make a living dancing and teaching in Egypt, competing unequally with the dancers of the Dance Ventre Hollywood, presented in the larger hotels and nightclubs of Cairo. However, in the United States is a very strong movement, trying to find the roots of these dance ghawazee. Groups like The Ghawazee Troupe, The Fat Chance Belly Dance and The Gipsy Pink Groupe, are seeking this form of dance a new style of dance do Ventre. Dance Ghawazee combining the other oriental dances, which are called Tribal Fusion Style. Dance of Flowers Held during the spring, when the peasants were working in the Egyptian collection of flowers. To minimize the work, they sang and danced. Later, it became a dance common in popular festivals. While dancing, the dancer delivers her basket of flowers to spectators. The Ghawazee also perform the same dance, also known as the Basket Dance. In this case, the dancer adds some characteristics, such as balancing the basket of flowers on the head, move their skirts (rounds) as a dance, hold a flower between their teeth, for example. Dance of the Handkerchiefs Its origin seems to come from Northern Africa. Are still running that women dance in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. For this, using two towels. Basically, the dance keeps basic movements of the feet and the scarves used to be shaken in the air, giving grace and movement to the dance. In a variation, USA is just a scarf, shared by both hands. While dancing, the dancer scarf the USA in a game of "hide and reveal", the first leaving visible only the eyes, then the nose, mouth, and using it as a frame to show the movement of trunk or hip. Guedra typical ritual dance of the nomads of the Sahara Desert, appearing also in Mauritania, Morocco and Egypt. It is also known as the Dance of the Blessing of the Touaregs. It is a dance of trance, of religious origin, which aims to bring full satisfaction and joy to those who practice and / or assist. Its basis is simple, where the dancer performs movements with his hands, to the four directions (North, South, East and West) for four elements (air - above ground - below, air - water and back - down) or symbolizing the time (past - back, this - to the next and future - forward). Another basic movement is a blessing east, where it touches the stomach, heart and head, the emanating power of dance to the public. To recover the energy released, the dancer comes up toward the shoulder, bringing the vibration of the audience for you. Begins with the face covered by a veil, which can be left at the dance. In a moment, the dancer begins a review of head, back and forth, usually rough, making their braids flying. With great frequency, closed to the dance floor. A typical outfit for a dance Guedra is the Caftan, accompanied Haika, sort of mantle arrested in front of the body by pins and chains. Attached braids dress and head of (real or extension). The music songs used are Muslims, which can last up to hours. Raks Al Senniyya Raks Al Senniyya, or the Dance of Tea, has its origin in Morocco. A traditional dance for these people, can be practiced by people of both sexes. Execute is basically a demonstration of performance for balance and dexterity. The dancers usually rock to the sound of music, with a tray of cups of tea in the head supported. Fellah or Fallahi dance from the region of Upper Egypt. Unlike Tahtib, which has the characteristic to be a dance of nomadic peoples, the Fellah or Fallahi come of Fallahin, Egyptian farmers (peasants). Fallahi means "created by a Fallahin. Also the rate used for this dance music gets the name of Fallahi. The dance symbolizes the meeting, and danced, in general, for couples (or a group of women and one man). Tells the story of a boy who was looking for love, and eventually found a couple. However, your heart is mutable. Surprise with his behavior, she just left it alone. In another way, can be performed only by women, where they dance with pitchers. The basic step of fallahi remember the Valse pas of the classical ballet. Choufou El Arbiyya typical Tunisian Dance, performed only by women. In this dance, they show, with agility, his ability to hit dancer with pelvic and hips, while showing their ankles in public, to show that not using the Khul-khaal (sort of tornozeleira) and that, therefore, are not married . continued ... K.V
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These fanatics would probably melt down the bust of Tutankhamen now in the Cairo museum. The Cairo museum does not have very good security, but if the fanatics take control...which is more than likely...it won't make any difference. The question is, should outside powers take control of the heritage of humanity in Egypt before the fanatics destroy these priceless artifacts? Senseless destruction seems to be the hallmark of Islam. Sooner or later this decision will have to be made.
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