Wednesday, July 23, 2008

gothic bellydance

I've been meaning to investigate this phenom further ever since I saw a Goth Bellydance troupe from St. Louis perform at "Goth Night" at the now, alas, defunct Dart Room in Fayetteville. Check out this vid:

It all goes back to Theda Bara, no?

Here, for the perplexed, is a guide to gothic bellydance.

And--although I've not read it yet--a link, courtesy wayneandwax, to what I am sure is a great article by Sunaina Mair on bellydance orientalism ("arabface"). And check out wayneandwax's recent post on bellydance here.

(I hope, inshallah, to think about these things a bit more systematically in future.)


Anonymous said...

The link to Sunaina's article is broken.

Ted Swedenburg said...

thanks for telling me! it's now fixed.

w&w said...

fascinating video!

interestingly, given the conflation of south asian and arab signifiers that i discuss in my own post, it's worth noting that the track propelling the "raks gothique" embedded here is from enduser's _bollywood breaks_ project

Anonymous said...

yeha,, i love gothic bellydance ,, there are something bellydance whit metal music too... and the video that you posted,,was really nice,,,,,,,, ;)

Anonymous said...

Gothic bellydance is amazing. The best music for it mixed with rock and metal (like Nahi says) is Bellymetal by Khepri.

You should totally check it out!

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