Wednesday Inspiration: Taheya Karioka

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 :)

Egyptian Belly Dance Star Taheya Karioka

Egyptian Belly Dance Star Taheya Karioka

If I had to choose one favorite dancer, it might be her.  But I hope I am never forced to choose just one!

Egyptian Belly Dancer Taheya Karioka

Egyptian Belly Dancer Taheya Karioka

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.

xoAlisa 

 

Hind Rostum (هند رستم)

Lately I have been completely taken with the dancing of the beautiful Egyptian actress Hind Rostum (هند رستم).  

Hind Rostum (هند رستم)

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.  

Hind Rostum (هند رستم)

Hind Rostum (هند رستم)

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

Book about Hind Rostom

Book about Hind Rostom

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.

Hind Rostum (هند رستم)

Hind Rostum (هند رستم)

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.

Hind Rostum (هند رستم)

Hind Rostum (هند رستم)

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).
 xoAlisa Greer

Hind Rostum and Farid Al Atriche

Hind Rostom dancing with a shaman in the film "Shafiqa the Copt" which is based on a true story - more on this film in another post!