What is Theatrical Bellydance?
If you’re new to the world of bellydance, you might have an image of dancers in Mediterranean restaurants shaking their hips for the customers. But the range of talent in our field goes far beyond the restaurant setting—and even far beyond your image of traditional bellydancing. Theatrical bellydance encompasses a diverse array of bellydance styles which aim to create performances that are both sensual and dramatic.
The Theatrical Bellydance Conference
The Theatrical Bellydance Conference took place in New York from June 6-10, 2013. The goal of the Theatrical Bellydance Project is to advance bellydance as a performance art (whether in a restaurant or in a theater) as well as to provide education and community to fellow bellydancers. At our shows, which are open to the general public, we present the best our field has to offer—world-renowned international performers and choreographers in programs of diverse, groundbreaking entertainment.
Our shows featured traditional bellydance and folklore as well as the modern, fusion, and experimental forms that have enriched the bellydance arts scene in recent years. They were presented in visually striking costuming and colors in the intimate Dance New Amsterdam theater, a pillar of Lower Manhattan’s dance scene. This year, audience members saw a painting come to life, an Egyptian folkloric tableau, an exploration of the oppression of women, a trip to outer space, a pair of flirtatious corpses…and of course a whole lot of sparkles and fringe!
Many of our performers created special new works for the conference. By supporting the conference, you are supporting their creativity as well by helping us to come together in the space at DNA. Even if you don’t live in the New York City area, you can be a part of promoting this art on a larger scale, and you can be sure you’ll get to view and enjoy some of the stellar performances online now that the shows are over! These shows are carefully curated to bring together the best artists in the field, and we greatly appreciate your support.
The Theatrical Bellydance Project
The Theatrical Bellydance Project is a pioneer in producing, promoting, and educating in the exciting and growing field of theatrical bellydance. Co-directed by prominent dance artists Ranya Renée (New York City) and Anasma (Paris/NYC), the project presents smaller events and workshops during the year as well as an annual conference. At each of our past conferences, over 100 dancers from all over the world participated in our workshops. The curated shows were attended by more than 300 guests!
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Risks and challenges
Our project consisted of two nights of curated theatrical bellydance performances in the 130-seat performance space at the theater at Dance New Amsterdam, located in New York City.
We seek funding to cover the gap between our concert ticket sales and actual costs for the Dance New Amsterdam theater events. Using a beautiful theater such as this one for our event ensured a fitting showcase for the artists whom we were so honored to have on our conference stage. We were lucky to be able to perform in the space this year, as DNA has faced financial challenges recently. However, as a result of these challenges, they have had to raise their rates, so our fees were higher than in the past.
Even though the shows were nearly sold out, half of each audience received tickets as part of their conference package, and so there was no additional income from those tickets. The costs for theater rental and tech staffing for these shows came to more than $5,800, and ticket income was about $3,700. We ask you to help us, in whatever amount you can, to help cover the rest. Your support helps us keep presenting the inspiring work of the New York and international bellydance communities, in a venue where it can be fully showcased and appreciated!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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