Discover more about the artists who will participate in the
fifth BellyFusions festival.
And find out more about the artists of the previous editions
in the archives section.
Aepril Schaile, MFA, is an internationally recognized Bellydance artist
living in Salem, Massachusetts, USA. She is also an acclaimed musician
and composer, writer and mythologist, a practicing Astrologer, animal rights
advocate and Witch. Her dance company Exquisite Corpse Dance Theatre enjoyed
a sold-out debut run of “The Book of Lilith: Goddess, Demon, First Woman,”
their original, full-length ritual-theatre Bellydance production. She has
also released an instructional bellydance DVD, “Theatre of the Dark Goddess”.
- Site web : www.aeprilschaile.com
Cie ALCHEMY DANCE THEATER
Based in New York, Alchemy Dance Theater is a company of artists with diverse
movement backgrounds, that draws from traditional and contemporary sources
around the world to evolve a new alchemy from these varied forms. Artistic
Director Sarah Johansson Locke began her study of Tribal bellydance in
1994 and has been at the forefront of establishing and cultivating the
New York Tribal / Fusion scene since 2001. She directs two companies, Alchemy
Dance Theater and the Alchemy Tribal Collective and teaches dance and yoga.
- Site web : http://www.alchemyperformance.com
ANASMA & PETE LIST
Pete List and Anasma have been collaborating since 2006 on multiple projects
as two solo artists coming together, Pete as a musician and Anasma as a
dancer or as part of groups and bands: Bellyqueen, Beatbox Guitar, Djinn.
They have performed multiple times together in the NY / New Jersey area
: Rakkasah Festival, Spring Caravan, Tribal Fest, the Tea Lounge, Djam
Under Jebon, Joe’s Pub… and other American cities : Buffalo NY, Fort Lauderdale
FL, Oakland CA. In 2008, Pete invited Anasma to sing on his album « Songs
for Kassar ». In 2008-2009, Pete composed and arranged music for
Anasma that were featured on performance and instructional DVDs : « Charming
Demise » featured on « Fantasy Bellydance », « Water » featured
on « Wave Explosion», «Placebo » featured on « Introduction
to Liquid Fusion ».
- Site web : www.petelist.com / www.anasmadance.com
Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, Producer. Her dancing of double nature
is wild and divine. Such duality characterizes her style by a strong connection
with the rhythm, folklore and Afro-carribean world, plus elegance, sensuality
and sweetness…Specialized in traditional dancing, folklore and rhythms
(Arabian, Afro, Brazilian and Latin)She is researching new languages, fusions
and her own creations.
- Site web : www.grandela.com
Crystal Silmi is a bellydance fusion performer, instructor and choreographer
from San Francisco, and is now living in Madrid. She has become known for
her unique style of hip hop infused movements and has performed for audiences
around the world. Skilled in both the art of classical Middle Eastern dance
and modern fusion, Crystal puts her Arab American roots to the stage with
a deep sense of rhythm and powerful athleticism. Crystal danced several
years with The Suhaila Dance Company and Bal Anat, both directed by Suhaila
Salimpour and established and directed her own troupe RaksArabi, based
out of California. Now in Europe, she is looking to expand her art and
share her knowledge and passion for dance with the larger European dance
- Site web : www.crystalsilmi.com
Cie DE NOVA LUCE
Francesca Pedretti is an Italian choreographer and soloist. She was the
leader of Les Soeurs Tribales Company for several years. Originality and
innovation are Francesca’s marks. She created various combinations for
her company which turned out to be the first Italian tribal style company.
Her work and contribution to the Tribal Belly Dance style has been spotted
and recognized across Europe but also in the US. Francesca was invited
by Paulette Rees-Denis (Gypsy Caravan) to teach and perform at the Tribal
Quest North West, in Portland. Francesca has taken workshops and classes
with and by many talented artists such as Ada Went, Jamila Zaki and Aziza
Abdul Ridha, but also Carolina Nericcio (FCBD), Rachel Brice, Geneva Bybee,
Darshan, Urban Tribal for tribal fusion style. In October 2009, Francesca
created a new vocabulary of movements through “ De Nova Luce – emotional
tribal belly dance “ which offers a mix of oriental modern dance, recent
tribal fusion and spectacular improvisations. Their work focuses on emotions,
imagination and interpretation. Choreographic sequences alternate with
improvisations… and Emotions turn into forms and gestures. Within a year
she prepared and directed the show CORPOACORPO, along with Nova De Luce
presents her work in international festivals in Italy (Milan, Rome, Genoa,
Venice, Ancona, Viareggio) and abroad, Spain and France.
- Site web : http://www.francescapedretti.it
Elisheva is an internationally acclaimed Fusion dancer from NYC, sought
after for her signature aesthetic of Belly Dance fused with trained classical
dance, lyrical dance, street & theatre jazz forms, and Hip Hop’s popping & locking.
She earned her BFA in Modern Dance from The Ohio State University through
years of dance history, technique, music, foundation theories, and show
production training. She is also IFTA certified and Level 1 Certified in
the Suhalia Salimpour format. Sharing her knowledge of dance in highly
aesthetic classes, Elisheva has become known for her informative training
and action packed classes, and loves to share her years of collected dance
disciplines. She has been fortunate to teach and perform her art around
the globe in Europe, Asia, Canada, nationally, and on and off-Broadway
with Belly Dance, Modern Dance, Hip-Hop, and Jazz. Her talents have been
featured on television series (FOX), national commercials, news broadcasts,
National Geographic's Performance Theatre, award-winning Independent Films,
as well as cabaret/dinner clubs all over the N.Y.C. and Long Island scene
since 1995. She currently performs as a member and Dance Captain of NYC's
world renown Belly Dance company "Bellyqueen”.
- Site web : www.elishevadance.com
Horus was born in São Paulo, Brazil, but in his early years he came
to Portugal. At 18, Horus became a karate instructor. But it was only in
his 20 years old that he met his mentor and friend Petra Pinto, starting
his career as a bellydancer and founded Cia Mozarabe. Bellydance appeared
as a therapy, he fall deeply in love with this art and worked very hard
with the help of Petra, but also as an autodidact. He was formed and influenced
by Rachel Brice, Sharon Kihara, Zoe Jakes, Lulu Sabongi, Tito Seif, Kami
Liddle, Samantha Emmanuel, Illan, Carolena Nericcio and many others. Horus
also started to study Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary Dance, Pilates and Yoga.
All these dance forms and other life influences gave him his particular
way of performing always wearing a handmade mask in his shows. His classes
are strong and fun, don’t miss it!
- Site web : www.horusfusiondance.pt.vu
ISABEL DE LORENZO & ILHAAM
Isabel De Lorenzo is a brazilian dancer and choreographer based in Rome.
She is also co-founder of San Lo' studio in Rome, director of the ATS® company
Carovana Tribale, organiser of Roma Tribal Meeting, publisher of Bellydance
Italia Magazine and FCBD® Sister Studio. Her main work is spreading
concepts of dance throughout the world with an emphasis on tribal style,
networking contacts and building dance community.
Ilhaam is the only FCBD® Sister Studio in Spain. With more than ten
years of experience, learning, teaching and performing, she has practiced
ATS® and other styles like Tribal Fusion, Raks Sharki, Dervish spin,
folklore and props like stick, veil, zills or sword, and West African Dance
Isabel and Ilhaam began a dance partnership in 2011 at Roma Tribal Meeting,
teaching two workshops together and performing a successful live music
improvisation with Pete List and Carovana Tribale. Their collaboration
grows up and... at BellyFusions® 2013 they will be teaching and performing
an extract of Isabel's theatre show "Frida Suite", based on Mexican
painter Frida Kahlo's life and work.
- Site web : www.sanlo.it / ilhaamtribal.jimdo.com
MARIA ROBIN & EMMELINE LOVISI SINGH
Within the Pyaré Company, Maria Robin and Emmeline Lovisi Singh
explore what links oriental, indian and gypsy dances.
This results in a subtle and personal fusion, leaving room for improvisations
drawing on the aesthetical vocabularies of kalbeliya dancing from Rajasthan,
the poetic and spiritual intensity of sufi dances and the solar energies
of gypsy dances.
- Site web : www.mariarobin.com
Matthias Lauwers began dancing at the age of 8 with classical ballet and
since then has trained in various other dance styes. He was taught ATS
by Gonda of Tribal Mystica (NL) and due to lack of teachers traveling Europe
at that time, taught himself most of the bellydance techniques used in
the tribal fusion scene. He complemented his technique by studying or collaborating
with artists such as Kami Liddle, Mira Betz, Zoe Jakes, Heather Stants,
Samantha Hasthorpe, Tjarda Van Straten, Anasma, Sharon Kihara, Susan Frankovich,
Suhaila Salimpour, and contemporary/classically trained artists like Isabelle
Beernaert, Laurent Flament, Marie Louise Wilderijckx. In 2012 he went to
San Francisco USA for 4 months to study in depth with many of the artists
mentioned above, in particular Jamila and Suhaila Salimpour, Fat Chance
Bellydance and Jill Parker. He also taught at Split Tribal Fest 2012.
- Site web : www.facebook.com/matthias.lauwers.94
Mirjam was initially trained as a dancer of modern and contemporary dance
before approaching to Oriental dance. Over time the two dance styles she
has begun to merge and develop a unique language of contemporary dance.
Today she works as a freelance artist in various contemporary dance productions
and develops her own creations as a soloist or with her dance company (Cie
Acces à la Danse).
- Site web : http://www.acces-a-la-danse.com
Pazit Grossman has first learned bellydance in Paris and then
improved her technique during master-classes in Morocco, Israel and Egypt.
She explores contemporary dance too that allows her to melt these two
styles. Her dance is indeed deeply rooted in the most pure oriental tradition
and at the same time far from the clichés linked to this style.
She gives great importance to the use of space while dancing,
music understanding and its interpretation. Besides she is inspired by
world music, electronic,
classical and many more.
- Site web : www.lib-arte.fr/pazit
Karine Salfati comes from a Jazz background. When she discovered bellydance,
it appears to be an evidence for her, linked to her North-african roots.
From then on she has started to mix styles and collaborates with other
artists like an Odissi dancer, Mahina and a Jazz dancer, Célia,
in the OR(mental) Ind(ian) Ja(zz) compagny. This year the company continue
to develop its own style by adding magic to their work and collaborating
with a magician, Ernest, whose hands agility and sense of movement inspire
a link to bellydance movements.
- Site web : www.myspace.com/kenzaka
Cie SMOKY EYES
Blandine, choreographer, interpreter and teacher created THE SMOKY EYES
compagny in July 2009.
Composed of four dancers with very different dance backgrounds (ballet,
jazz, indian dance, hip hop, gymnastics, circus), THE SMOKY EYES company
decided to move on from stage to street to provide accessible dance and
art to everybody, refusing exclusion.
Blandine choreographed several shows including CIRCUS, the first SMOKY
EYES creation inspired by "Freaks" by Tod Browning, "Green
Piece" an ecologic choreography and a "Baba Yaga", a creation
for children. The SMOKY EYES have performed in several international shows
(France, Canada, Germany, etc.) and received the first prize both in duet
and group category Tribal Fusion) at the Leyla Jouvana's Contest " Bellydancer
of the World" in 2011 in Duisburg.
- Site web : http://thesmokyeyes.e-monsite.com