A 3 day-long workshop intensive on the darker side of bellydance
from Tempest - the most recognized pioneer and style engineer
of Gothic/Ritual/Dark Fusion Bellydance.
influence has been felt far and wide with the creation of the Gothic
Bellydance Resource in 2003, which has helped to define the
movement across the world and inspired the release of several Gothic
Bellydance performance DVDs (Gothic Bellydance: The Darker Side
of Fusion (2006), Gothic Bellydance: Revelations (2007),
Bellydance Underworld (2007)) as well as several instructional
DVDs. In 2005 she began offering workshops on Gothic Bellydance,
starting with the very first at Tribal
Fest 5 and took it on the road in the United States in 2006
and 2009 with the Durga Tour - bringing foundation and inspiration
to many dancers who today are now prominent dark artists in their
She has lead several hundred workshops and performed all over the
world since those early days, and still works to push her own creative
and personal limits, to foster growth in the dance community, to
bridge the perception gap between traditional bellydance and fusion,
and to inspire new waves of dancers. She co-founded and produced
Gothla US from 2008-2010, and currently produces Waking
Persephone: Dancing Through the Dark & Unusual and Tapestry:
A Dance Retreat Experience. Her much-acclaimed Museum
Quality: Art School for Bellydancers intensive has helped dancers
find their own voices, expand their creativity, and elevate their
Possessing The Dark is designed to be the most comprehensive
workshop exploration of Gothic/Ritual/Dark Fusion in existence.
To truly and dramatically perform this fusion form of bellydance,
a dancer must go beyond just looking gothic, dancing creepily to
weird music, and/or being dramatic/shocking. Over the course of
the intensive, dancers will be challenged in a threefold approach
to deepen their understanding of dark concepts, strengthen their
technique, and refine their stagecraft:
first day of the intensive is "Spirit" and covers the realm of
ritual and working energy in a dance format. One of the most mesmerizing
and captivating factors of dark bellydance is how the dancer not only works
the energy in her/his body, but transfers and exchanges it with the audience.
While this may seem like an abstract concept, there are very specific concrete
techniques that make it possible, and they must be practiced to be done
safely and effectively. We will explore ritual space and structure, evocation
and invocation, elemental effects, historical and modern trance technique,
and divination for inspirational pursuits. Material will be presented in
context to its origins and modern applications, so it is important to note
that it is the structure and practice of ritual we are focusing on,
not any specific religion.
second day of the intensive is "Body" and we will address exactly
that - everything to do with physical movement in how it relates to presenting
dance expertly and with power. We will begin with strengthening our foundation
from head to toe, and then apply styling through the many diverse influences
of the Gothic subculture through combinations and mini-choreographies while
simultaneously exploring musicality. Students will learn signature movements
and accents, hone their improvisational skills, and learn to create their
own amazing choreography. Those who study oriental/cabaret, folkloric, and
tribal forms of bellydance will find a familiarity with the moves we will
explore, as another goal of this section is keeping the form of bellydance
the prevelant majority in our fusion mix.
third and last day of the intensive is "Mind" and is about putting
it all together. Once the Spirit is willing and the Body is strengthened,
then the Mind can take charge and excel. What does your dance say, and are
you doing it clearly, with the greatest amount of finesse possible? How
do you interact with your local community and the larger bellydance community
at large? We will focus on stagecraft and professional perception in multiple
ways: theatrical presentation, prop usage, enhanced stage presence, narrative,
and storytelling, costuming and make-up, as well as discuss keys points
of etiquette and professionalism.
intensive can be brought anywhere,
including your hometown.
Requirements: proper location for dance workshop for 3 consecutive
days, 8 hours per day, travel/lodging for Tempest + flat rate for
class size: minumum of 6 to a maximum of 12 students.
To receive further information on hosting this special intensive,
including sponsor details, event costs, scheduling availability, please
email Tempest, and be sure
to include your location and possible dates you are considering.
Tempest will be happy to work with you to help create a successful
event that your community will be benefiting from for years!
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