Tribal Revolution: Tribal Fusion Bellydance Performances

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On 30 April
Last modified:17 December


Interesting but a bit dated?

The camerawork here is not the greatest, but if you're into Tribal fusion belly dance, you'll find interesting performances on this DVD, which aims to highlight the range of fusions out there.   Note that it was made in 2008 and it's surprising how much Tribal Fusion has moved on since then!


Only two bones to pick!  The Nekyia made me cringe once again - I'm just not comfortable with introducing stripperesque elements into belly dancing (haven't we spent years trying to break that stereotype?). And Princess Farhana's 1920's fan dance seemed a bit out of place in this company - but maybe my interpretation of "fusion" is too narrow!

However, two bad apples amongst twelve performances is a pretty good ratio so overall, this gets a thumbs up from me.

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Chapter list:
1. Mira Betz: "Bound" Cabaribal Solo

2. The Nekyia: "Zilz and Skilz" Jazz Fusion

3. Ariellah: "Exiled" Gothic Tribal Fusion

4. Zoe Jakes: "Zakkara One" Drum Solo and Taksim

5. Kami Liddle: "Uncovered Ecstasy" Tribal Fusion

6. Princess Farhana: "Harem Street" Vintage Bellydance

7. Katie Kay: "Amantsi" Balkan Fusion

8. Ultra Gypsy: "Haj Khaled" Drum Solo

9. Aubre: "Khawatem" Tribal Fusion

10. Domba: "Kpanlogo" Afro-Bellydance Fusion

11. Olu: "Rumi's Passion" Tribal Fusion

12. Subee Djinn: "Rebirth" Tribal Fusion Duet

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3 Responses

  1. Madeline V. Sloan says:

    You can find us in front of any shiny surface practicing our moves, at fleamarkets, bargaining over old jewellery or cool piece of clothing, at every workshop in 1000 km radius, at a random bellydance studio in Vienna, actually any dance studio in Vienna, and if you’re lucky, we’ll be dancing at the event you’re attending, or organizing!

  2. Doris F. Anthony says:

    Note that “locking”, “popping”, and “ticking” are not mentioned. These are breakdance/hip hop movements that many tribal fusion dancers have integrated into their performances. These robotic and staccato movements are not essentially tribal, nor are they essentially belly dance. I have seen many cabaret and oriental dancers integrate these movements into their performances, and yet they still remain essentially cabaret because they lacked the other above mentioned characteristics. Popping, locking, ticking, and strobing are part of the “fusion” of “tribal fusion bellydance.” I’m surprised at how many people I encounter who believe that these are essential to tribal style bellydance.

    • Thea says:

      Yes, Rachel Brice has a lot to answer for! Personally I think the popping and locking has become too widespread – I see far too many would-be Rachels who spend a whole routine ticking and popping, and forget to dance!

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