By Barbara Sellers-Young
This ebook examines the globalization of abdominal dance and the certain dancing groups that experience developed from it. The historical past of stomach dance has taken position in the worldwide circulate of sojourners, immigrants, marketers, and travelers from the 19th to the twenty-first century. sometimes, the dance is transferred to new groups in the gender normative constitution of its unique place in North Africa and the center East. abdominal dance additionally has develop into a part of renowned culture’s Orientalist infused discourse. The outcome of this discourse has been a world revision of the solo dances of North Africa and the center East into new genres which are nonetheless a part of the bigger abdominal dance group yet are precise in shape and which means from the dance as practiced inside of groups in North Africa and the center East.
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This was particularly true for second- and thirdgeneration Middle Eastern Americans, who found in these venues a site that represented a blend of their family of origin and popular culture’s interpretation of those origins (Sellers-Young 1986). In the audience were women such as Daniela Gioseffi who were revising their conception of self 48 B. SELLERS-YOUNG as part of the second wave of feminism. The integration of an erotic and sensuous orient, developed through the convergence of oriental imagery with music and movement in the Middle Eastern nightclubs, provided a liminoid space for dancers’ personal experimentations with new modes of expression and related identity.
An example of the increasing impact of Islam on public performance is the refusal by the father of soccer star Yasser Hosni to permit the noted Egyptian EGYPT: PLACE OF PILGRIMAGE, PLACE OF HOME 39 Dancer Dina to perform at his son’s wedding as reported on October 12, 2012 on the Albawaba Entertainment website. com/entertainment/dina-444955. 7. The author of the The Yacoubian Building, Alaa Al Aswany in 2014 wrote an op ed piece for the New York Times in which he noted the conflicting position of belly dance in Egyptian culture from the eighteenth through the twenty-first centuries.
NOTES 1. This description of a Cairo belly dancer is a composite of my experiences viewing dancers in 1979 and 1999. 2. nytimes. com/1999/09/22/arts/tahia-carioca-79-dies-a-renowned-belly-dancer. html. 3. According to Rodanthi Tzanelli (2013), there are at least sixteen websites that advertise week-long belly-dance vacations: these take place in Greece, Turkey, Cyprus and Morocco as well as Egypt. 4. com/cms/2014/07/16/leila-farid-cultural-sensitivity/#axzz3h scbzZiM. 5. Organized by Egyptian dancer producer, Raqia Hassan, the yearly festival held in Cairo, Egypt brings together master teachers from around the globe and Egyptian teachers who specialize in raqs sharki and folkloric forms.
Belly Dance, Pilgrimage and Identity by Barbara Sellers-Young