Saturday, July 10, 2010

Artistic choice - Originally posted on 23 July 2009

As part of the onslaught of good comments regarding my cabaret performance, there have been some questions as to why I don't do straight up cabaret since I do it so well. Well, of course, I could do cabaret. My first 5 years of belly dance training a long time ago in a land far far away were in cabaret and, well, I dance cabaret at least once a month at Greek Islands so I do get some practice in that genre. I CHOOSE to do the tribal genre and do goth and dark fusion because that's my artistic vision. And I'm not saying that straight up cabaret can't be artistic. I'm just saying that it's not MY artistic vision. ;)

Those questions and a few other things that I've read lately also made me realize that there is a misconception that, if you do cabaret, it's because you can't do tribal or if you're doing tribal it's because you can't do cabaret. At a recent workshop with Jennifer Rose, there was a surprisingly large number of participants who felt like they were equally trained in both. It all boils down to what YOU want to do... not what someone says you should do... definitely not that! It needs to speak to you.

It's just like Picasso: he was a fabulously gifted drawer and could draw something up that was very lifelike... but what was his artistic vision, eh?

Comments I had received:
From Alhena: Yup Yup!

From Ambriehl: I know what you mean. I have taken many American Tribal Style and Tribal Fusion workshops...and I like to watch it...but I honestly have no desire to perform it myself on a regular basis. I have found that American Cabaret, Egyptian, and folkloric styles are much more to my liking.

From Rachel Kraus: Excellent point! Everyone has their preferences!

From Jennifer Rose: I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of people who felt the majority of their training was equally cabaret and tribal. I do love them all - I dance whatever suits the venue and my mood at the time :-)

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