Jumping off the abyss – the Magic of Egyptian Dance

Bellydance Dance oriental Raqs Sharqi Bauchtanz Orientalischer Tanz Photo by André Elbing

I feel terrified before going on stage. It doesn´t matter how many times I´ve done it (and I´ve done it millions of times, literally), I´m always scared. It´s like jumping off the abyss into the Unknown and not knowing how, where or if I´m going to land. 

Bellydance Dance oriental Raqs Sharqi Bauchtanz Orientalischer Tanz Photo by André Elbing

That is my recurrent comment, every time I catch a compassionate soul backstage, someone to whom I can cry a bit and pray with.

Bellydance Dance oriental Raqs Sharqi Bauchtanz Orientalischer Tanz Photo by André Elbing

I don´t go on stage with choreography, safety nets or certainties – I go naked. I improvise and reject any short cut, trick or prejudice. Performing should be an unpredictable adventure. For my audience but, most of all, for me. I launch myself on stage as I launch myself into the bed of my lover – vulnerable, on fire, eager to love and to be loved.

For me, Egyptian Dance is Life and life is raw, beautiful and shocking; life is the smile and the tear, the courage and the fear. Life – as Dance – is not about doing cute, neat, well behaved and predictable movements that teachers have passed on to me but moving beyond all them and sharing a piece of my soul with my audiences. All or nothing. The Big Jump into the human heart – that´s Egyptian Dance.

Here are some messy, imperfect, honest and oh so human shots taken at my last performance in Istanbul @ Tarazade Festival.
Thanks to Tara Tarazade for making this magic happen.

Photos by André Elbing

Bellydance Dance oriental Raqs Sharqi Bauchtanz Orientalischer Tanz Photo by André Elbing

Bellydance Dance oriental Raqs Sharqi Bauchtanz Orientalischer Tanz Photo by André Elbing

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