Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Gothic Bellydance - Revelations |
Actor: Gothic Bellydance-Revelations
Director: World Dance New York
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Exercise & Fitness
Gothic bellydance combines a range of contemporary bellydance styles and flavors with the themes, music, and edge of Goth subculture. Dark fantasy imagery of many shades comes alive through evocative movement, emotive inte... more »
Varied and Entertaining
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 10/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
The variety of dance styles presented in this DVD, and the sheer length of it (105 minutes) give you your money's worth in entertainment, though if you are looking for an "only bellydance" presentation, you may be disappointed, as some of these numbers are dramatic and interpretive, and owe more to Isadora Duncan and Theda Bara in their heritage than traditional middle eastern bellydancing. There are also different levels of skill in the performances, but even the lesser ones are enjoyable, and watching the DVD with an artist's eye, I find something visually interesting in all of them. What makes this a 5 star DVD is not only having this pastiche of marvelous dance and musical styles, but also the 11 superb numbers by 8 performers that are standouts, as well as several more that would be in the 4 star category.
The standouts are:
1: Neon is a shimmering knockout in her 2 numbers (tracks 12 and 17), with stunning costumes, her long blonde hair, and the precision of her movements. Track 11 has her dancing with a lit candelabra on her head, with such amazing ease.
2: Anything danced by Arielah is captivating. Here in tracks 10 and 22, she delights us with the musicality of her undulating movements, and her totally unique style.
3: Tempest is a favorite of mine. There is a sensuality and beauty in her arms that is exquisite, and I never tire of watching her. She does 2 numbers, tracks 13 and 23.
4: Blanca does a stellar dance in track 4 (she is also in track 6, but this is a number that has little dancing).
5: Sera and Solstice (Laura Parker and Melissa Randazzo) are sensational in a synchronous piece.
6: Maiiah is riveting in her cape and snake dance! (track 14)
7: Jeniviva's second piece (track 16) is excellent (her first, the opening number, is dramatic sequence at a masked ball, and is mostly atmospheric with little dancing)
8: I thoroughly enjoy the elegance of Isis in the final number (track 24)
Among others that are good are Sa' Elayssa (track 7), and Mavi's dance in which she deftly twirls and balances a huge sword (track 18). Most of the dances are presented on a bare stage, and are well lit. For a look at the many facets of contemporary bellydancing, this is a great DVD to watch. With so many different styles, you may not appreciate all of it, but some if not most of it will delight anyone interested in diverse forms of dance, and the music that accompanies it."
Some hits, some misses....
Jynanntonnyx | WA | 10/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As with the first GBD DVD, there are some true gems on this volume. Others....not so much. It seems that this one is getting better, maybe if they do a volume 3 they will have hit it on the mark.
I will list which performances, in my opinion, best capture the spirit of Gothic Bellydance:
Laura Rose - her music choice (Wumpscut's My Dear Ghoul), whiteface, costuming, are all very goth. Her combination of jerky, swooning, and controlled movements is very well done and fits the music. And check out her sideways belly rolls. Wow.
Blanca - I didn't like her in the first GBD, but in this one she dances to Corvus Corax's Filii Neidhardi, and I thought she captured the spirit very well.
Shakra - My favorite! They do two numbers in a row. The first is to Maduro's Discordia, and it is deliciously creepy. Watch it and see. The second is Wumpscut's March of the Dead, where they stomp around in platform boots. I love it when the dancers dance TO THE MUSIC, not just in time with it!
Tempest - I had the chance to meet Tempest a few weeks ago and she is a wonderful person, genuinely nice. She dances to Jill Tracy's You Leave Me Cold and Collide's Wings of Steel. I'm not sure about the plastic extensions in Wings of Steel but I always love her fluid and dynamic dancing.
Ariellah - She has amazing isolation, and knows how to use her music. I preferred her dance to Die Form's The Hidden Cage to the other one (it just clicked better to me).
Mavi - I prefer the Isis wing dance to Corvus Corax's Mille Anni Passi Sunt, very dramatic. The sword dance wasn't a good fit with the music and dancing style.
Sashi - Her style of dancing is not my favorite but she is very good at her style, small, precise and controlled. Her music and costuming choices fit very well within the goth genre.
Jeniviva - Her first piece is more of a music video (but it's Clan of Xymox so I'm OK with that!) but her second piece is a Karslimar, and she is very playful and flirty, and knows how to dance to a 9/8.
These are the performers I think were way off the mark. Not that they are(or their dancing is) bad, but these performances would fit better with the Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance than with Gothic Bellydance:
Bellyessence and Sarah Skinner
Ayshe and Adrienne
All in all, I enjoy watching this DVD. There are only a few tracks I skip."
Entertaining and Educating - Wonderful value!
Bustani | ALPHARETTA, GA United States | 11/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I loved this performance video. The sheer number of dances and the exquisite variety in Gothic styles make this a great value. All of the dancers are professionals and most have solo videos that are separate from this compilation. The music is appropriate and the camera work complements the dances and the dancers. I have 3 tribal type performance DVDs and this one is my favorite. The other two are: "Evolution" and "Bellydance Underworld". To really understand the genre purchase all three if you can. They are all wonderful in their unique way."
Lots of stuff and ideas
elise coromar | New York | 02/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Even though I am not a goth person, I still bought this DVD out of curiosity. I actually liked a lot. Even though a few (very few) of the performances were boring and repetitious, the great majority of the dancers came up with some unique and out of the ordinary numbers and costuming. For Goth, Laura Rose and Shakra were the hard core real thing. The others brought out their dark side expressing it in their own individual way. I loved Blanca's performance in the black costume and Elsa Leandros idea of using cane or stick dance steps applying them to the Medieval spiked flail maces is pretty cool. I was particularly impressed with her Turkish drop while swirling those things at full speed. Great zills also. My favorite was Ariellah, I just love the way she moves. Overall, I'm glad I bought this DVD."