8/22 – Paintings – A Study of the Orientalist Image

paintingsHarem Girls and Femme Fatales

Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 7:30pm

Tickets – $20 presale; $25 at the door
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Vintage Hollywood showgirls meet the Middle East! Orientalist paintings come to life through Classical and Modern Bellydance pieces inspired by paintings, costume design sketches, and cheesecake art from the Industrial Age up to the Golden Age of Classical Bellydance (late 1800s – 1960s). Harem Girls and Femme Fatales presents fantasy images created during this time that portray dancers/models as mythically dangerous, sexy femme fatales. Each costume is an exact replica from the painting handcrafted and designed by artistic director Melanie Lane. Featured soloists/guest choreographers include Janelle Issis, a top contestant and first Bellydance competitor from hit show So You Think You Can Dance, and Jayna Kouzouyan touring dancer with Bellydance Superstars.

Live paintings done during the show by Ninyshka Designs!

Artistic Director/Choreographer – Melanie Lane
Dancers – Melanie Lane, Nar, Stephanie Bernhard, Stevena Jackson, Katrina Gourley