Monday, May 19, 2014

Turkish Belly Dancer - TURKEY

In this card we have a voluptuous Turkish Oriental Dancer, performing the famous Raqs Sharqi, mostly known in the west as Belly Dance (rough translation of the much more sensual French "Danse du Ventre"). It's one of the things that tourists look for and for instance in Istanbul I found dozens of places, mainly restaurants, offering belly dance shows. I didn't go to any, they were a bit expensive and to be honest the idea of having dinner surrounded by tourists (probably dumb drunk) laughing at the girls sounded a bit degrading for my taste, so I went to Hodjapasha Dance Theater and Culture Center to see a proper ethnic dance show and I became flabbergasted with the flexibility and the moves of those dancers  (and my wife fascinated with a bearded male belly dancer) - a great night! Thank you so much Muammer for taking me back to Turkey with your cards (loved the heart shaped stamp on this one). This postcard took 9 days to arrive!
Turkish  Belly Dancer, Ankara - TURKEY
Turkish oriental dance is referred to in Turkey as Oryantal Dans, or simply 'Oryantal'. The Turkish style of bellydance is lively and playful, with a greater outward projection of energy than the more contained Egyptian style. Turkish dancers are known for their energetic, athletic (even gymnastic) style, and their adept use of finger cymbals, also known as zils. Connoisseurs of Turkish dance often say a dancer who cannot play the zils is not an accomplished dancer. Floorwork, which has been banned in Egypt since the mid-20th century, is still an important part of Turkish bellydance.

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