GOOD GOLLY MISS BELLY!
Bellydancers are a wildly misunderstood lot. Presented by hucksters in America for the better part of a century, their art is rooted in service to both gods and men and as is often the case with movement and bare flesh their sinewy and sensuous dances are seen as a rather complicated come-on rather than the folk art-form that they rightly are. Dispelling all those unpleasant leers is Bellydance Superstars, on a 75-date U.S. tour through autumn. Touring since 2003 in more than two dozen countries, the Miles Copeland-produced extravaganza features 19 dancers and a percussionist, performing routines from the Egyptian, Turkish and Indian disciplines, mingling ritual and mesmeric contortion into one phenomenal experience. The cane, the veil, the sword, the candelabra headdress they're all there, experienced best during the more languorous moments, during which you can most fully see the undulations in all their slow-motion, apparently boneless glory.
Fri., Oct. 1, 8 p.m., 2010
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