The beautiful dancing (and headdress) of Egyptian belly dancer Taheya KariokaRead More
Well, I realized the other day that I have been blogging for several months, and Taheya Karioka has yet to appear. That must be fixed at once :)
If I had to choose one favorite dancer, it might be her. But I hope I am never forced to choose just one!
I am going to show two clips instead of one, since they are both quite short, and since I should have featured her much before now.
My love of headdresses comes straight from her!
I hope that added a little glamour to your Wednesday. Taheya was such an accomplished and musical dancer, but she also illustrates just how much a dancer's warmth and personality matters over drill-like technique. Everything about her is relaxed, easy and charming.
This last clip also illustrates how much skimpier the costumes could be back in the old days.
This has turned into a bit longer post than usual. My Wednesday posts are usually just one quick clip to get us through the week. But she deserves it and I hope you enjoyed it.
Happy Dancing as always.
One of my all time favorite clips today. I love this song, and I love the way she dances to it, what more can I say?? I hope you enjoy it!
Lately I have been completely taken with the dancing of the beautiful Egyptian actress Hind Rostum (هند رستم).
She is not someone who dedicated her entire performance career to dance, but rather a highly accomplished screen actress who danced in many of her film roles. She played many different types of characters in her films, but there is a lot of dancing to enjoy throughout her career.
Ever curious for more information about her that I could understand (and by that I mean In English since my Arabic is not there yet!) I ordered this book I saw
This self-published effort is not a biography in the strictest sense. It is more like a fan magazine in book form. It contains a lot of photos of her, and though they are not of the highest quality they are still lovely. I don't know if I could come right out and recommend purchasing this book, but I can tell you that I have thoroughly enjoyed it and am glad to have it. It gives a nice overview of her films, and I will use that to look them up and watch them.
I also really enjoyed the little snippets of her interviews and the stories about her told by her cinema colleagues. One of the most interesting things I read was that she didn't actually like belly dancing and considered it, "against her taste and nature." I imagine this has mostly to do with the low status of belly dance and and belly dancers in Egypt.
I love her dancing. I think I am drawn to the simplicity of her movements, her musical interpretation, and they way her vivacious spirit and radiant joy absolutely shine through. I think she is wonderful inspiration and further proof that you do NOT have to be the best technician in the world to be a truly great belly dancer.
Enjoy the clips - and I highly recommend this DVD of her performances complied by Sausan (they are in alphabetical order so look for Hend).
Jodette is originally from the Middle East and began performing there as a very-much-in-demand dancer and singer from a very early age. She held us spellbound with her tales from that time and her encounters with the great artists of the day, including names very familiar to belly dancers, like Badia Masabni and Farid Al Atriche. Sausan taped the interview, so I will share a link to it once that has posted, because hearing the stories in the charming way Jodette shared them from memory is truly part of the magic.
I was so touched by Jodette's warm welcome and friendly way. She had a big hug and a kiss on the cheek and a lovely smile for all of us, even those of us she had never met. She was so generous with her life experience and her wisdom gleaned from a lifetime as a performer, daughter, wife and mother. She was very open about both the good and the bad things that she has gone through, it was an absolute honor to be in her presence. She also has a fantastic shop and studio filled with treasures and beautiful photos from her performance career.
Sausan is organizing another trip to visit her for Thursday, March 10th. You can sign up by calling Sausan directly at 415-867-6754. I would encourage anyone to take this opportunity to meet a gracious and gorgeous living link to the roots of our beloved dance.
For more information on Jodette's life and career, there is this wonderful article by Sausan on the Gilded Serpent.