• Bellydance Blossom
    Festival
  • Join the Revelation
  • Featuring DINA TALAAT
  • May 4-6, 2018

Testimonials

"Please, please do this again! So many of us are hungry for this type of event that digs so much deeper into the dance and the cultural responsibility that comes along with it."


"A fantastic weekend and so unlike every other belly dance festival!"


"It was above and beyond what I could have imagined. It was so great to connect to so many like-minded people, to be inspired to learn so much. It was the perfect combination of artistic and academic, spiritual and conscientious, fun and meaningful.."


"Wonderful complex event - very fulfilling and well balanced between performance, education and inspiration."

About

The Bellydance Blossom Festival is an all-immersive experience where international dance artists and scholars engage with each other in creative collaborations and meaningful discourse.

Internationally known Master Teachers are invited to teach, perform and participate in discussions where possible. All registrants are highly encouraged to participate as a dance artist, choreographer or speaker in one or more of the various categories; Collaborative Works, Explorative Works, Blossom Talks, and Panel Discussions.

All participants are encouraged to take part in all discussions. Collaborative and Explorative artists will explain their creative process while working across international borders and across genres and styles.

Participants may only make one submission per category. Participants will only be selected up to 2 times in the lottary but they will be put on waiting lists in case future spots become available.

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Imagined and created by Yasmina Ramzy, founder of the International Bellydance Conference of Canada.

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Workshops

MASTER INSTRUCTORS
Attendance at all workshops is included in registration fee & not available separately
Dina Talaat

Dina Talaat

Dina Talaat Sayed Muhammad is an Egyptian belly dancer and actress. She was named as the "Last Egyptian Dancer" by the American magazine Newsweek. She has a master's degree in Philosophy.

She was born in Rome, Italy in 1964. Her father was the news correspondent for the Middle East News Agency in Rome. Her sister Rita is a retired singer. Dina started her career in the early 1970s, dancing with the Reda Dance Troupe. She became a solo dancer in the 1980s and soon became well known. In the 1990s she became known for her dancing at hotels like the Cairo Sheraton where she shocked Egyptian society by eschewing the traditional bellydance costume. In addition to public performances at hotels and resorts, Dina also dances for private functions. In 2005, she travelled to Brazil to teach belly dance workshops and has since tours much of the world.

In 2011, she released an autobiography entitled Huriati Fi Al Raqs (My Freedom in Dancing).

Previous Year's Workshops — 2017 Workshops, 2016 Workshops.

Artists / Speakers TBA

Choreographer Visions

CHOREOGRAPHER VISIONS FOR SOLOISTS:

If interested in being the soloist for one of these proposals, please email bellydanceblossom@gmail.com. Please put "CWS - Artist" in the subject line and then include in the email which choreographer you want to work with, your CV and a link to a video in the email. This will be forwarded to the choreographer who will choose the dance artist best suited for the choreography vision. (in order of received)

Choreographers

  • Name of Choreographer: Azura
  • Title of Work: Nebtidi Meneen el Hikaya: Honouring Soheir Zaki
  • Description: This collaboration will pay homage to Soheir Zaki’s joyous, elegant style with an original routine inspired by her performance to Abdel Halim Hafez’s "Nebtiti Meneen el Hikaya". The ideal performer has a beautiful smile, yearns to explore Golden Age dance, and knows or will learn the Soheir Zaki step with layered shimmies.
  • Name of choreographer: Ioana Timariu
  • Title of Work: Vessel
  • Description: I have been exploring psychology and spirituality for the past 6 years. I am fascinated by self-representation, self, identity, entity. I would like to choreograph a piece on the subject of not being. I would like to incorporate spoken word, and the little work that I have done over the past 8 years on Butoh with teacher Denise Fujiwara.
  • Name of choreographer: Saqqara Madden
  • Title of Work: BalleMena
  • Description: This piece is a fusion of ballet and MENA. Along with choreography, I want to teach ballet technique, which can be extremely beneficial to oriental and ethnic dancers. Ballet teaches posture, lines, extensions and more, which can bring a softness and elegance to your dance. You don’t need to have ballet experience, just to be open to a new style and try your best.

CHOREOGRAPHER VISIONS FOR ENSEMBLES:

If interested in being the ensemble for one of these proposals, please email bellydanceblossom@gmail.com. Please put "CWE - Artist" in the subject line and then include in the email which choreographer you want to work with, the ensemble's CV and a link to a video in the email. This will be forwarded to the choreographer who will choose the ensemble best suited for the choreography vision. (in order of received)

Choreographers

  • Name of the choreographer: Florence Leclerc
  • Title of work: TBD
  • Description: This choreography will be an experimentation between the music and it's suggestions of movements qualities. It will be an oriental choreography with a modern approach, therefore dancers with a strong oriental technique and, if possible, experience in contemporary will be much appreciated.
  • Name of the choreographer: Karen Staples
  • Title of Work: WIP
  • Description: The skirt as an allegory for womanhood. As women, discovering our true essence is not a simple as following a timeline from child to adult. What are the defining moments that lead to self-acceptance?
    Concept: Using a skirt with an extended train to represent the internal and external affirmation of femininity.
    Dancers: Ensemble would be best to represent this concept, ideally with three to six dancers who have a diverse dance background. Previous experience dancing with a skirt with a long train an asset but not required.
  • Name of Choreographer: Elisabeth Wilhelm
  • Title of Work: The Song of The Flower
  • Description: Inspired by Khalil Gibran’s poem of the same name, set to classical Arabian music, danced in classical raqs sharqi style with theatrical flourish. Choreographic feel is luxuriant growth and constant motion, as time and nature is always in motion. I would imagine this would work best with at least 5 dancers.
  • Name of choreographer: Ioana Timariu
  • Title of Work: Here
  • Description: Randa Gamal taught a very powerful choreography called "Ana Hena" (I am here). She is revolutionary, powerful, hard to ignore. I want to explore what does being present mean to me.
  • Name of choreographer: Sarah Mayne
  • Title of Work: Untitled (WIP)
  • Description: We will be exploring the deep emotional connection and dynamics between women. I'm seeking dancers trained in Egyptian/Arab dance who are comfortable with floorwork and more physically challenging movements as well as possibly physically engaging directly with ensemble members.

Schedule TBA

Venue

235 Queens Quay West

Studio Theatre & Lakeside Terrace, York Quay, Harbourfront Centre,

Downtown Toronto, Canada

Harbourfront Centre

Hotel Accommodations

TBA

Collaborative Works

Collaborative Works are creative partnerships that are rich in learning opportunities, opening infinite new possibilities for the participants to work with artists of different genres and from different cities and countries. This is the most exciting performance contribution to the festival and expresses what the festival is all about. Choreographers present their artistic vision for a project and then dance artists may apply to collaborate with the choreographer of their choice. The work created must be original and tailored for the performing artist(s)'s talents. Before or after the presentation both choreographer and performing artist(s) are encouraged to talk about the creative process and what they learned from the experience.

Please note that due to the festival nature of the event and a large number of artists performing, start and end lighting cues are allowed and only one lighting look for the entire presentation. No live music unless it only needs one microphone and less than 2 minutes of tech time.

Maximum 9 minutes in length includes talk and presentation of work.

Collaborative Works - Soloist = CWS

Collaborative Works - Ensemble = CWE

Choreographer Submission

Performing Artist(s) Application (may apply to a maximum of 2 choreographers)

Roles of both collaborating Artists

Members can ask questions or offer helpful collaborative solutions and ideas on the Facebook group page. Be sure to join the Facebook Group page at Facebook Group.

If a collaborative partnership is found to be problematic, all effort will be made to make new partnerships before March 1, 2018.

2017 Collaborative Works — Pre-Arranged Partnerships, and Random Partnerships.

2016 Collaborative Works — Ensembles, Pre-Arranged Partnerships, and Solos.

Explorative Works

Explorative Works are for soloists and/or ensembles who wish to create a new piece that allows the artist(s) involved to step into new territory or present their current style in a new way or with a new emphasis. In other words, creating new work that allows audiences to see the artist(s) in a different light. Before or after the presentation the artist(s) are encouraged to talk about the creative process and what they learned from the experience.

Please note that due to the festival nature of the event and a large number of artists performing, start and end lighting cues are allowed and only one lighting look for the entire presentation. No live music unless it only needs one microphone and less than 2 minutes of tech time.

Maximum 7 minutes in length includes talk and presentation of work.

Explorative Works - Soloist = EWS

Exporative Works - Ensemble = EWE

Explorative Work Submission

Lottery to choose who will perform is December 22, 2017.

2017 Explorative Works — Ensembles, and Solos.

2016 Explorative Works — Ensembles, and Solos.

Blossom Talks

Offered in the fashion of TED Talks - 14 minutes each

All manner of subjects encompassed in the global Bellydance experience.

Blossom Talk Submissions (curated)

Confirmed Speakers announced by December 31, 2017

2017 Blossom Talks.

2016 Blossom Talks.

Panel Discussions TBA

Please submit ideas of panel topics you would like to see or participate in.

Panel Discussion Submissions (curated)

Confirmed Speakers announced by December 31, 2017

2017 Panel Discussions.

2016 Panel Discussions.

Registration

Be a part of 32+ hours of ground breaking creative adventures over 3 days

REGISTER (Non-refundable but transfers are allowed)

Join the Revelation

15% off for group members living in Toronto area who are able to sleep in their own bed for the festival - use code HOMEGROUP when checking out online. Note with registration which group you are with and from what city.

30% off for group traveling from far and needing to stay in a hotel, B and B, or billetting for the duration of the festival - use code TRAVELGROUP when checking out online. When registering online, please note with registration which group you are with and from what city.

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