'bohemian' a person or persons interested in art, music, and literature... that is the beginning of a definition that is a good start to describing this Winnipeg based ensemble of dancers and drummers. Dancing from a foundation that embraces both tribal and classical forms of bellydance, these dancers bring stories to life through their music and movement.
If you have had the opportunity to see us perform at one of our many performances in and around Manitoba or in your travels out of town, in the past, you know that we always have something new and exciting in store for our audiences; if you have never seen us, you are in for something very special. Klingon warriors, neo-Bedouin travelers, dancers in the palace of the Raj or pirates off to sea seeking adventure -- are just a few of the many stories we have told since our formation nearly a decade ago.
Well we have certainly been busy over the fall with performances at fundraisers and more recently C4 ComicCon. Lots of dancing leads to lots of time needed to update our photo albums! Some of our older albums have been temporarily removed -- but not to worry, I will be posting a 'highlights' album to kick off 2014, and pictures of FALL 2013 will be up soon.
In the meantime, this is the time of year that we settle into our classes and training as we get ready for a busy 2014 that really is just around the corner.
Coming up in December will be a chance to join us, specail guest performers and friends for an evening of good food, good company and awesome bellydance! Mark December 17th on your calendar and contact me via the web form on the CONTACT US tab for more information.
So please wander through our site, explore our corner of dance and enjoy!
Interested in joining us for an evening or two?
Interesting in taking a class and learning more about 'traditional' tribal bellydance, or theatrical and contemporary bellydance -- Ange offers an open/mixed level class running on Tuesday evenings from 7 - 8 pm at R. A. Steen Community Centre. Check out the Instruction page for full details.
Interested in performance training? Are you an experienced dancer looking to add tribal to your repetoire -- are you looking to experience and learn more about theatrical bellydance? Drop Ange a line, perhaps my performance group lessons are just what you had in mind.
Check out our Facebook page and connect with members of the ensemble, get our latest news, join our contests, and get sneak peek of our most recent events and pictures. You can find us at and don't forget to LIKE us! illuminari bohemian bellydance
Check out our Facebook page and connect with members of the ensemble, get our latest news, join our contests, and get sneak peek of our most recent events and pictures.
You can find us at and don't forget to LIKE us!
illuminari bohemian bellydance
Contemporary and Theatrical Bellydance with illuminari
It can be difficult to fully define contemporary and theatrical bellydance. There are so many different 'styles' that have evolved from the originating forms of the Middle East in particular, but also from around the globe. Evolution of traditional Middle Eastern dance brought gave us tribal -- which has itself continued to evolve into even more eccletic and varied forms.
In every country it is different, some styles are those that give us our roots such as traditional folkloric and Middle Eastern bellydance. Some dancers have developed and perform what some describe as "fantasy" bellydance, others trace their foundations to cabaret style and Westernized cabaret; and of course there are those that trace their roots back to Bal Anat and the foundations of tribal in all its forms and fusions.
Some students of dance wish to pursue what they feel is a more authentic and cultural background, not straying far from the style in which they first trained; while others wish to explore dance as a whole. Today we see endless combinations and possibilities all under the broad general term of bellydance. Oriental dance mixed with modern and Westernized dance forms, or with flamenco, Indian, and African, to name a few. As dancers and artists we believe we can only benefit from exploring bellydance from a contemporary approach. As a result -- we train in and peform across a wide variety of bellydance styles.
I am fascinated by the interaction in the dance between the East and the West; the amazing results of traditional and contemporary blended together to create unique and exciting performances. Everyone can chose to what to bring to our community of dancers and musicians, and we can learn so much from each other's experiences. Contemporary bellydance is the vehicle that allows for this exploration and experience of an ancient form in modern and evolving context.