Archive for October, 2009


We Were a Hit!

Creep Show at the Huffaker Harvest Festival:

It was a glorious day! Good turnout at the amphitheater as well which has me hoping it was a good fundraiser for the schools computer lab.

There are many more shots over at KaliLine’s Flickr site.

Assistance Needed

I am trying to discover the identity of this anonymous tune and artist, as I’d like to give credit where it is due:

Mystery Song

Blog Action Day 2009

more about “Blog Action Day 2009“, posted with vodpod

 

Take Action Today

This is how He does it.

This is beautiful!

more about “This is how I do it.“, posted with vodpod

 

Choreography by Matthew Neff

Huffaker Harvest Festival

 

mMwahahaha! Asha World Dancers & Friends will bring Halloween fun to the Huffaker Harvest Festival at Bartley Ranch Ampitheatre Stage on Sunday Oct. 25 around 2PM -4PM.

Performances by Wing & a Prayer Modern Dance Company, Black Rose Troupe, Hipswitch, Rabia and Asha, will bring hallowing , vintage-vaudvillian delights and frights to the Hawkins stage.

This ticketed event is a fundraiser for Huffaker Elementary School and also features a live musical cake walk and a  Scarecrow Auction.

Festival hrs 12:00 to 5:PM Tickets should be purchased in advance for $5.00 from the Huffaker PTA: 775-848-7203, or through PayPal via their website.

Come join us!

PURE

I’ve just discovered PURE – Public Urban Ritual Experiment and that Las Vegas has a chapter.

PURE is an international community of artists who bring change, beauty and awareness, to the world through the power of dance and music that was co-founded by Kaeshi Chaiof Bellyqueen, and Darshan in 2004. Since 2006, Kaeshi has been PUREs driving force, which has grown to 17 chapters around the globe. The organization is sponsored by The Field, an arts organization whose home in SOHO brings me very fond memories of the vitality of the NYC arts community… ::sigh::

I’m also happy to report that Las Vegas has its own chapter of dancers, drummers, artists, and I’ve just subscribed to their mailing list to keep informed on their own events and growth.

PURE fuses movements and music from ancient sacred world traditions that include Middle Eastern, Chinese, Romani gypsy, Israeli folk, Flamenco, Indian dance and drumming into the PURE experience.

I can’t wait to see more examples.

Workshop & Showcase

Our Friend Namira will be conducting a <strong>Ballet for Bellydance Workshop</strong> in early November, followed by the Autumnal Bellydance Showcase both produced by Mychelle Crown in Sacramento.
Check out the poster:

Contact Mychelle to register for both!

I Loves Me Creative Folk

more about “COMBO a collaborative animation by Bl…“, posted with vodpod

 

COMBO a collaborative animation by Blu and David Ellis (2 times loop) on Vimeo

Wow! Lalla Essaydi

Discovered this announcement at the ORIENTALiSH blog about the first solo American museum presentation of Lalla Essaydi’s most recent body of work, “Les Femmes du Maroc.” Essaydi is a Moroccan born painter, photographer, and installation artist who is now based in New York who has evidently risen to international prominence.

The exhibition opened recently at the deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum in Lincoln, MA and will run through January before moving on to the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, NJ.

The deCordova’s luscious brochure says:

“These photographs critique contemporary social structures, but simultaneously confront historical attitudes that have helped in great part to construct past and present representations of Arab women.”

And of the imagery states:

“These women inhabit a place that is literally and entirely circumscribed by text, written directly upon their bodies, apparel, and surroundings by the artist herself. The form of the text is Arabic calligraphy and its substance henna. This juxtaposition of style and material, along with the content of the writing, sets up complex male/ female tensions. In Islamic cultures, until very recently, calligraphy was an art form practiced exclusively by men for the transcription of sacred texts from the Qur’an, the Hadith, and other sacred writings. Henna is traditionally a women’s art—domestic, decorative, ritual, and erotic. And Essaydi’s text is her own, taken from her journals. The elegant conflation of these elements confounds long-held cultural distinctions between men and women, the public and private realms, and the sacred and the mundane. While specifically expressed within an Arab and Muslim context,these ideas easily transcend the particularities of culture through the sheer visual eloquence of the images, and by the very fact that Essaydi has imagined and presented a world of women not at all bounded by men.”

Am breathless viewing these images…

Source: Jennifer

Donna Mejia

Music: Mercan Dede’s “Semaname” and Muslimgauze’s “Last Mosque of Herzegovina

Donna will be coming to the west coast!

Blue Damsel is Proud to Present: Weekend Retreat with Donna Mejia
March 5-7, 2010
The Yoga Place
Georgetown, California