Sunday, January 29, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Here it is, the "maalema" side of me which has always been quite active due to my Life´s circumstances.
P.S. Notice how my "assaya" (stick) is too long for this stage hight so I break part of the big candelabrum above me with it. After that, I am dancing over many pieces of glass, not knowing if I will step on them, fall and get cut by them or be lucky and get way with it...
The dancers around me were going nuts with the subject and I had to give them subtle signs that everything was under control and I would not stop dancing just because of this incident.
Besides, I am a trained dancer/actress so NOTHING can make me stop on stage. No disaster, big or small, bra or skirt flying shame, falling flat on the floor or tantrums from musicians can stop me.
"Maalema" all the way. Notice how I orchestrate/correct the musicians WHILE on stage and give directions to the dancers so they move, act a bit and react accordingly to the music and situation...Only 5% of my attention and energy is, in fact, in my Dance. The rest of my energy is making sure that everybody else is doing their job.
Ok, let´s try to get over the horrible blond acrylic wig, the dress and coat that look like drapes from a 70s curtain. I propose we focus on the TALENT. With capital letters. TALENT.
Dedicated to all my friends and fans!
"Oh, some time...I get a good feeling...yeah...I got a feeling that I never, never, ever had before...no,no...
And I just tell you right now that I...I believe, I really do believe that...
Something´s got a hold on to me...yeah...oh, it must be love!"
Friday, January 27, 2012
Very Happy to announce my participation in this new and high QUALITY World Festival happening in Cairo
next July: "Salamat Misr"
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
for this UNIQUE evening of Magic and Joy!!!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
"Marriage proposal # 357 and some other booty calls"
If you´re an Oriental Dancer performing in Cairo you get, on a constant basis, at least, these kinds of proposals.
The marriage ones which can be divided into:
1. Naif, ultra-romantic, idealistic proposals from men who come to your shows, from your musicians and staff (the ones who are brave enough to aproach you that way) or fellow artists (singers, other dancers, people who see you around in this business). These men put you on a pedestal and IMAGINE who you are from there. They fall in love with the DANCER, not the person.
They also expect that this DIVA they "fell in love with" will stop dancing alltogether as soon as they marry you, turning you into a "respectable lady".
Endearing but often imature marriage proposals come from these men who hardly know you but claim that Love knows no reasons. It just happens!
2. Marriage proposals from rich guys who just want to buy your body for a while or permanently. No romantic idealistic strings attached. This is a pure sexual proposal, disguised by the safe pretext of marriage.
They wish to parade you in public, after marriage, as their own precious property. Thy also expect you to stop dancing after marrying them. Non-negotiable issue.
3. The so called empresarios and managers who are, in their majority, pimps who know whom to pay to get the jobs for their dancers. They also think that, by marrying them, they will get extra income, better control over the dancers and sex. It´s buying three packs of sugar for the price of one. Extra money, control, sex. Yuppieee!!!!
This is the ONLY situation when the dancer is not only allowed to dance after being married but even work her ass off much harder than before because now her husband is eating from the same cake. "Yalla, habibty... Wake up and dance, dance, dance...(and I cash it inside my pockets, thank you, darling!!!)".
4. The men who meet you outside your dance environment and really get the time to know you. It s refreshing for you not to deal with the kind of people of your working space and it is exciting for him to imagine you dancing on stage like a Diva.
They fall in love with you, see how "you´re not at all like other dancers", present you to their families (never mentioning what you do for a living) and assume you WILL stop dancing and get pregnant within five days after you´re married.
Then there are the "booty calls":
1. Men who just want to screw you. No marriage proposal in the deal.
Usually dancers from the same environment - most of them already married and with children, cocky musicians who see themselves in the mirror and find Marlon Brando instead of their REAL faces, empresarios and Club´s/hotel´s managers who think they can offer you a month of performances in their places in exchange for sex.
Exchange of services, I guess and plain dirtiness. Part of this world, unfortunately.
2. Strangers who go to your shows or have seen your photos somewhere. They reach you through the mobile phone, email, Facebook, hoping that you will go out and screw a total stranger in exchange for money. Pure prostitution.
I´ve got all of these proposals so far. And yet another one from a famous business man who tried to reach me in every way imagination can conceive.
Wondering WHY none of them seems atractive to me!
The price to pay for being a DANCER in Egypt and a FREE WOMAN is, so very often, a heavy burden to carry. But I say, hey, it is worth it. Until a REAL MAN comes along and takes the person WITH the dancer. The LOVE with the love making. The WHOLE real deal.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Video of me, hidden in the depths of Youtube.
Thanks, Paula Barbosa, for finding it and sending it to me.
A LOT of "face dancing" over here. God*s, I LOVE Dancing. It shows...
Also love the devotional face of my accordeonist while watching me dance.
Me and the accordeon have a VERY special relationship.
God bless Music, Musicians, Dancers, Artists...
This is not an egyptian bellydancer. It s me *(part portuguese, part spanish, part egyptian, part of the whole world)!!!
Beautiful, nicely done short documentary about the marginal dance&music of "zaar", outlawed and ostracized in Egypt.
I call it the psychological clinic for the people.
Therapy through music and dance, a pure, primitive way to Re-CONNECT with oneself. It doesn t surprise me it is considered against the law over here.
I ve been and participated in several "zaar" sessions in Cairo and other villages around it. It always felt like home to me and none of the negative ideas associated with it *(exorcism, the devil s work and other such non sense) applies to reality.
Sure there are lots of intentions behind what s REALLY happening. The participants consider they are possessed by "djinns" that need to be released through the dance BUT what I really see is a group of hard working, exhausted, frustrated, sad women seraching for a healthy way to feel better.
Women play and dance for their own health, their own survival, their own soul s salvation. How can THAT be considered out lawed???
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Right after that, I had sessions of dancing shooting in video-clips where I shook my generous hips and booty between arab and egyptian singers of doubtful talent.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Food for the soul.
Spoken in spanish, with subtitles in portuguese and english.
Some things are just too amazing to keep them only to myself.
The poem recitated in this video translates an open, ALIVE heart and that is, according to my own taste and evaluation, priceless.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Video kindly sent by a very special fan, Wail Abdel.
These are the gifts that need no words or compliments to go with it. The message is clear and the tenderness is so palpable that it brings tears to my eyes.
Thank you, Wail. For your loving presence, appreciation, support, kind way of stimulating the Artist and the Person that I am.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
My little own "see you later" elected song.
Who else, if not, Billie Holiday *(my daily musical pill)?!
"All of me, why not take all of me
Can´t you see I ´m no good without you.
Take my lips, I want to loose them.
Take my arms, I ll never use them.
Your goodbuy left me with eyes that cry,
How can I go on, dear, without you?
You took the part that once was my heart
So why not take all of me????"
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
Dream catcher I AM.
May 2012 be the YEAR of all DREAMS coming true. For me, for all.
Beautiful, Intelligent and so very true.
The power of small gestures of kindness is underrated and what we GIVE out to the world always ends up returning to us, someway, somehow. This is what many call the justice of God, "karma", give it any name. If we plant love, truth, tenderness, respect, compassion, passion, joy in our lives, then we receive the fruits correspondent to these seeds.
Kindness boomerang...love the concept. The REALITY of it.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Every great achievement is made of several small steps.
Give your first step and don t give up of your goals. Step by step, no matter how small it looks like, you get closer and closer to the top of your mountains.
I have so many mountains that it makes my head spin...the only thing that saves me is knowing that I do my best, step by step, moment by moment, hope by hope, ACTION by ACTION.
Let the 1st of January be perpetuated all over the year in small gestures that end up in BIG conquests!!! Amen, brothers and sisters...Amen.