International Belly Dance Congress

Shows at International Bellydance Congress

Every night for three nights we have wonderful shows for your delight, each one featuring a different line up of our international stars!

Friday night — The UK welcomes the World!
Our opening night is a fantastic opportunity to see some of the best of the UK’s bellydance scene: three fabulous shows in one evening! Firstly, Josephine Wise presents Johara in Elemental, then we have two wonderful events at once to choose from or shimmy your way between! Firewater Collective presents Tribal Alchemy and Banat Eshorouk present Belly Dance Boogie.
See below for full details of these wonderful shows.

Saturday night — Fifi and friends!
Yes, this is the moment you have been waiting for! The legendary Fifi Abdou will be opening our Saturday show — the first time she has ever done a theatre show in the whole of Europe! Plus we have a wonderful lineup of stars from around the world: Leyla Jouvana from Germany, Sahira from the USA, Khaled Mahmoud from Egypt/UK, Les Soeurs Tribales from Italy, Charlotte Desorgher from the UK, Razia from the USA, Nawarra from Morocco, Anne Kingston from the UK, Raphaelle from France and Fereshteh from the UK.

The main show is followed by the amazing Abdel Kader Sadoun, the UK’s very own Rai star. You won’t be able to sit still to this incredible band, playing Rai, Shaabi, Pop and more! We confidently predict this band will raise the roof! Followed by dancing to DJ Ali Khatt into the night.

Sunday night — East Meets West!
This truly wonderful show stars the amazing Randa Kamel, plus a rich variety of stars and styles from around the world, including the fabulous Sadie from the USA! These two great stars are joined by Anasma from France/USA, Yasmina of Cairo from the UK/Egypt, Ozgen from Turkey, Kay Taylor from the UK, Raheesha from the USA, Dawn O’Brien from the UK, Artemisia from Belgium and Caroline Afifi from the UK. The show is followed by DJ Ali Khatt for your final blast!

Friday night — The UK welcomes the World!

Johara Dance presents Elemental!
Johara Dance is a vibrant company whose shows blend Arabic Belly Dance with a rich mix of African Dance, Flamenco, Bollywood, Tango, Gypsy, Burlesque and more. Created by choreographer Josephine Wise, Elemental is a show weaving through the four elements in pursuit of our nomadic origins, a rite of passage exploring passion, compassion, ecstasy and madness.

This is followed by a choice of two very different shows, each in its own space:

Firewater presents Tribal Alchemy!
In the main auditorium, the Firewater Collective brings you Tribal Alchemy. Blending a smooth concoction of American Tribal Style Belly dance and Tribal Fusion, Tribal Alchemy will transport you into a world of Fire, Fusion and Fantasy!

You will journey through all the up and coming fusion forms of belly dance — from dark Gothic to dazzling fire performances — leaving you in awe and full of awakened inspiration.

Featuring top performers from the UK and beyond including: Moirai Tribal Belly Dance Darkstar, Dawn O'Brien, Lynne Chapman, Les Soeurs Tribales, Hilde Cannoodt and Sorcha Ra to name just a few — Tribal Alchemy have a lot of surprises up their sleeves!

With DJ Phil Meadly at the decks playing all of the best fusion tracks he can muster, you'll dance into the night — celebrating a weekend that will be full of all the awe-inspiring dance forms that make up modern day Belly Dance.

Bellydance Boogie!
Meanwhile, in the fabulous lakeside Peninsular Lounge, Banat Eshorouk bring you Belly Dance Boogie, a cabaret/club night from Leeds with an intimate vibe.

Belly Dance Boogie gives its top class performers the chance to interact with their audience and get up close and personal. And gives you the chance to whoop, holler, zagreet and show your appreciation without reserve!

Most of all, Belly Dance Boogie creates a great atmosphere for you to get up, have a boogie and let your hair down! DJ DisOrientalist will be mixing the latest Arabian tunes (and some old favourites) accompanied by the live percussion from fabulous Rhythmic Ginger throughout the night.

A fabulous opening night for an amazing weekend!!

Planet Egypt
We are terribly sad to inform people that Planet Egypt has had to withdraw from Congress, but we completely understand the reasons why. Anne White has given us permission to publish the following letter and the Congress team sends her all our love and support at this difficult time.

“It is with deep regret that I have had to withdraw my participation from the Congress. Being invited to participate was a tremendous honour and was highly prized. However, a family member has recently had a terminal illness diagnosed and my priority has to be with my family

I would like to apologize to all those who were looking forward to seeing Planet Egypt at the Congress. I fully support the Congress and aim to be there for part of the weekend. I wish it every success.”
Best wishes
Anne White Planet Egypt September 2009  paint  
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