Darkly Dramatic Belly Dance with Tempest
Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM (CDT)
New Orleans, LA
11:30am - 2:30pm - A Gothic Trilogy
Discover the diversity of expression found within the realm of Dark Fusion Bellydance with a trio of darkly fabulous presentations. The Gothic subculture is quite expansive, and depending on which branch you chose, it should heavily affect not only your music and costuming, but also movement application and character portrayal. We will work with Romantic/Calssic Goth, Industrial/Cyber Goth, and Neo-Victorian/Steampunk concepts through concise combinations that accentuate both movement and attitude. We will also discuss aids for creating coherent choreographies and inspiring improv. Please Bring A Veil!!
3pm-5pm Nouveau Noir Dance
Haunting audiences around the globe, Tempest’s area of specialty within the realm of Dark Fusion Bellydance is “Nouveau Noir” – dance pieces that reflect the art and society of the early 1900’s, pulling from silent films, vaudeville-Denishawn style, art nouveau, art deco, and the Oriental craze. Students will learn sassy combinations that capture the elegant form, fluid movement, and dramatic stylings of these eras, while being taught in a format that will enable them to absorb them into their own personal choreographies.
All About Tempest!!!
Tempest is the most recognized name associated with the art of Gothic & Steampunk Bellydance in North America and across the world. She is often referred to as the "Goth Mutha" for her groundbreaking work in dark fusion. She was the co-producer of the largest festival devoted Gothic Bellydance in North America - Gothla US from 2008-2010, and is the founder and primary author of The Gothic Bellydance Resource, which tracks the progress of the movement as it develops worldwide. She is the producer of Waking Persephone - an annual dark dance event, and Tapestry Dance Retreat, which focuses more on the sacred and folkloric aspects of the dance. As of 2012, Tempest has taught over 200 workshops on Fusion Bellydance and Ritual/Sacred Dance across the nation and in Europe, and actively travels each month teaching and performing. She has organized four nationwide dance tours (The Durga Tour in 2006 and 2009, and Movin'Th'Mischief Tour in 2007, and Ocean To Sea in 2012) and is currently involved with touring projects with The Nathaniel Johnstone Band, Jody Ellen, and The Ghosts Project.
Her dance style is uniquely hers: creative, theatrical, full of expression - reaching forward to define the future of the dance, while being firmly rooted in traditional forms of bellydance. She brings her dynamic interpretation of the dance to her workshops with a sense of fun, a strong foundation in traditional technique, and a deep-hearted goal to aid students in developing their own sense of self within the dance. She has two instructional DVDs: "Bellydance Artistry" (2011) and "Bellydance for Beautiful Freaks" (2006), and has been featured on numerous performance DVDs including "Gothic Bellydance: The Darker Side of Fusion", "Gothic Bellydance: Revelations", "Underworld" and "Underbelly." Her remarkable "Museum Quality: Art School for Bellydancers" workshop intensive program has helped dancers greatly expand their own capabilities within the dance and themselves.
A huge fan of working with live music, Tempest regularly performs live with Nathaniel Johnstone (as a duet and with his whole band), The Ghosts Project, as well as Abney Park, Frenchy & The Punk, Ego Likeness and other alternative/gothic/steampunk/world fusion bands.
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