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Gothic Bellydance: Revelations: Multiple dance artists, watch Gothic-style belly dancing, Belly dance performances


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  • Actors: Gothic Bellydance-Revelations
  • Directors: World Dance New York
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: World Dance New York
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T2OWWG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,186 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Gothic belly dance combines a range of contemporary belly dance styles and flavors with the themes, music, and edge of Goth subculture. Dark fantasy imagery of many shades comes alive through evocative movement, emotive intensity, spectacular costuming and the theatricality of the dance.

The artists and troupes featured in this program come from across the US and each is renowned for their unique style of dance, innovative beyond the technical characteristics of the larger style of movement they represent, such as cabaret, tribal, or other genres of contemporary belly dance. It is this distinct, trend-setting uniqueness, and interest in dark fantasy realms, the mystical, ethereal, and otherworldly, that brings together the cast of Gothic Bellydance - Revelations.

Adrienne, Ariellah, Ayshe, BellyEssence (Kazja, Zoe, Peishan, Jaida), Blanca, Elsa Leandros, Jeniviva, Isis, Laura Rose, Maiiah, Mavi, Neon, Sarah Skinner, Sa Elayssa, Sarah Murphy, Sashi, Sera, Shakra (Na'la, Hilary and Bronwen), Sherene-Vismaya, Solstice (Sera, Laura Parker, Melissa Randazzo), Tempest.

The diversity of dance styles represented in this program is complimented by the expansive range of music - gothic, industrial, metal, contemporary bellydance, tribal bellydance, medieval, club, and worldbeat music. The artists and bands you will hear include:

Clan of Xymox. Collide, Corvus Corax, Die Form, Djinn, Enduser, Jehan, Jill Tracy, Knossos, Maduro, The Retrosic, Slidecamp (Freek Factory), Shiva in Exile, Solace, Wumpscut, Velvet Acid Christ. Zentriert ins Antlitz.

Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Varied and Entertaining, October 10, 2007

By Alejandra Vernon (Long Beach, California)

(TOP 50 REVIEWER) (COMMUNITY FORUM 04)

The variety of dance styles presented in this DVD, and the sheer length of it (105 minutes) give you your money's worth in entertainment, though if you are looking for a bellydance-only presentation, be aware that some of these numbers are dramatic and owe more to Isadora Duncan and Theda Bara in their heritage than traditional middle eastern bellydancing. There are also different levels of skill in the performances, but even the lesser ones are enjoyable, and watching the DVD with an artist's eye, I find something visually interesting in all of them. What makes this a 5 star DVD is not only having this pastiche of marvelous dance and musical styles, but also the 11 superb numbers by 8 performers that are standouts, as well as several more that would be in the 4 star category.

The standouts are:

1: Neon is a shimmering knockout in her 2 numbers (tracks 12 and 17), with stunning costumes, her long blonde hair, and the precision of her movements. Track 11 has her dancing with a lit candelabra on her head, with such amazing ease.

2: Anything danced by Arielah is captivating. Here in tracks 10 and 22, she delights us with the musicality of her undulating movements, and her totally unique style.

3: Tempest is a favorite of mine. There is a sensuality and beauty in her arms that is exquisite, and I never tire of watching her. She does 2 numbers, tracks 13 and 23.

4: Blanca does a stellar dance in track 4 (she is also in track 6, but this is a number that has little dancing).

5: Sera and Solstice (Laura Parker and Melissa Randazzo) are sensational in a synchronous piece.

6: Maiiah is riveting in her cape and snake dance! (track 14)

7: Jeniviva's second piece (track 16) is excellent (her first, the opening number, is dramatic sequence at a masked ball, and is mostly atmospheric with little dancing)

8: I thoroughly enjoy the elegance of Isis in the final number (track 24)

Among others that are good are Sa' Elayssa (track 7), and Mavi's dance in which she deftly twirls and balances a huge sword (track 18). Most of the dances are presented on a bare stage, and are well lit. For a look at the many facets of contemporary bellydancing, this is a great DVD to watch. With so many different styles offered, some if not most of it will delight anyone interested in diverse forms of dance, and the music that accompanies it. --amazon.com (US)

Customer Reviews

Some of the dances are interesting, but a lot of them are boring.
ElleArlette
Just remember things like "This is tribal-fusion" and "This is gothic bellydance which is very much it's own thing" and "Must have an open mind".
Dancer Dreamer
Merely a blending of a rainbow colored in different hues, expressing dance as movement, embraced by those who love it.
Seir

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2007
The variety of dance styles presented in this DVD, and the sheer length of it (105 minutes) give you your money's worth in entertainment, though if you are looking for an "only bellydance" presentation, you may be disappointed, as some of these numbers are dramatic and interpretive, and owe more to Isadora Duncan and Theda Bara in their heritage than traditional middle eastern bellydancing. There are also different levels of skill in the performances, but even the lesser ones are enjoyable, and watching the DVD with an artist's eye, I find something visually interesting in all of them. What makes this a 5 star DVD is not only having this pastiche of marvelous dance and musical styles, but also the 11 superb numbers by 8 performers that are standouts, as well as several more that would be in the 4 star category.

The standouts are:
1: Neon is a shimmering knockout in her 2 numbers (tracks 12 and 17), with stunning costumes, her long blonde hair, and the precision of her movements. Track 11 has her dancing with a lit candelabra on her head, with such amazing ease.
2: Anything danced by Arielah is captivating. Here in tracks 10 and 22, she delights us with the musicality of her undulating movements, and her totally unique style.
3: Tempest is a favorite of mine. There is a sensuality and beauty in her arms that is exquisite, and I never tire of watching her. She does 2 numbers, tracks 13 and 23.
4: Blanca does a stellar dance in track 4 (she is also in track 6, but this is a number that has little dancing).
5: Sera and Solstice (Laura Parker and Melissa Randazzo) are sensational in a synchronous piece.
6: Maiiah is riveting in her cape and snake dance!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jynanntonnyx on October 23, 2007
As with the first GBD DVD, there are some true gems on this volume. Others....not so much. It seems that this one is getting better, maybe if they do a volume 3 they will have hit it on the mark.

I will list which performances, in my opinion, best capture the spirit of Gothic Bellydance:

Laura Rose - her music choice (Wumpscut's My Dear Ghoul), whiteface, costuming, are all very goth. Her combination of jerky, swooning, and controlled movements is very well done and fits the music. And check out her sideways belly rolls. Wow.
Blanca - I didn't like her in the first GBD, but in this one she dances to Corvus Corax's Filii Neidhardi, and I thought she captured the spirit very well.
Shakra - My favorite! They do two numbers in a row. The first is to Maduro's Discordia, and it is deliciously creepy. Watch it and see. The second is Wumpscut's March of the Dead, where they stomp around in platform boots. I love it when the dancers dance TO THE MUSIC, not just in time with it!
Tempest - I had the chance to meet Tempest a few weeks ago and she is a wonderful person, genuinely nice. She dances to Jill Tracy's You Leave Me Cold and Collide's Wings of Steel. I'm not sure about the plastic extensions in Wings of Steel but I always love her fluid and dynamic dancing.
Ariellah - She has amazing isolation, and knows how to use her music. I preferred her dance to Die Form's The Hidden Cage to the other one (it just clicked better to me).
Mavi - I prefer the Isis wing dance to Corvus Corax's Mille Anni Passi Sunt, very dramatic. The sword dance wasn't a good fit with the music and dancing style.
Sashi - Her style of dancing is not my favorite but she is very good at her style, small, precise and controlled.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AlwaysLearning on November 16, 2007
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I loved this performance video. The sheer number of dances and the exquisite variety in Gothic styles make this a great value. All of the dancers are professionals and most have solo videos that are separate from this compilation. The music is appropriate and the camera work complements the dances and the dancers. I have 3 tribal type performance DVDs and this one is my favorite. The other two are: "Evolution" and "Bellydance Underworld". To really understand the genre purchase all three if you can. They are all wonderful in their unique way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By elise coromar on February 17, 2008
Even though I am not a goth person, I still bought this DVD out of curiosity. I actually liked a lot. Even though a few (very few) of the performances were boring and repetitious, the great majority of the dancers came up with some unique and out of the ordinary numbers and costuming. For Goth, Laura Rose and Shakra were the hard core real thing. The others brought out their dark side expressing it in their own individual way. I loved Blanca's performance in the black costume and Elsa Leandros idea of using cane or stick dance steps applying them to the Medieval spiked flail maces is pretty cool. I was particularly impressed with her Turkish drop while swirling those things at full speed. Great zills also. My favorite was Ariellah, I just love the way she moves. Overall, I'm glad I bought this DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Parthena Black on February 18, 2009
If you're looking for a traditional bellydance performance video or have strong opinions about what is and isn't "gothic" or "bellydance", this video is probably not for you. If you respect creativity and are open to different styles and interpretations of dance no matter what its label, you'll love it. It's a treat for me since although I've heard of most of the dancers, I hadn't seen the majority of them perform. Categories, styles and labels aside, this DVD contains some amazing performances.

Two of the performance pieces are mainly theatrical and contain little bellydance. Jeniviva's first piece is more like an introduction to the DVD that includes many, if not all, of the other dancers. Everyone's got masks on so it's hard to tell. You can spot Neon by that blond hair and bangs and there's a clear shot of Blanca. A tattooed arm might be Tempest or Ariellah or a number of others. Jeniviva does all of thirty seconds of actual dancing and we're cheated out of getting a better look at her fabulous costume, but the piece is dark, sexy and very well done. Her second piece is an amazing solo with pure, joyous energy that highlights all of her skills and more than makes up for the first one - if you didn't have your heart set on it being "Gothic." Blanca's (the main reason I bought the DVD - she's one of my favorites) two performances also show both facets and both are mesmerizing in their own ways although they are completely opposite. The more I look at her slow, theatrical piece the more I love it.

If I was going to get all nit-picky and choose which piece was true to the DVD title, I'd have to say that it's Laura Rose's. The music and costuming are perfect and she is an amazing bellydancer that I want to see more of.
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