You see, I want to write about what tribal means to US, to Sakura. But whenever I plan it out in my head I find that I'm rewriting a combination of Tribal Visions and the Tribal Bible, and of course there's really no need for that. There are loads of links on here to sites where you can find out all about the origins of Tribal Bellydance and what it actually is. I want to write about how all those sources, together with chats we've had, training we've undertaken and videos we've watched have influenced us as dancers - what OUR philosophy on tribal is.
Don't panic - this is actually quite normal for me. All I need to do is to find the end of a strand and to start unravelling. I suppose the best way to do this is actually to start writing ....... and see what emerges! So here goes ....
WARNING : What you will read here are our views, although these are influenced by our experiences and people we've met over our dancing years. So if you don't like anything you read, please don't blame anyone else. It's all our own fault, just for a change.
First and foremost, Sakura dance Improvised Tribal Style, as a group. Yep, opening page of the Tribal Bible here folks, for those of us lucky enough to own a copy. To us, that is Tribal with a capital 'T'. You won't find us dancing choreos or indeed soloing (unless it's within a group context).
Now, before anyone gets the old proverbials in a twist, let us qualify this .....
|Spot Sakura - class choreo to Huda!|
It's just that to us, Tribal equates with group improv.
|And making that improv connection|
|Jo does some pretty cool sword solos!|
"When you improvise and dance together you really see the other person, how the dance transforms them. Like a glamour you see a glimpse of the real them shining out, and it's beautiful."
It's all about connection, community and also about sharing responsibility too - whether that be for leading or for following or for supporting in a chorus line.You really do need to become involved in both leading AND following to truly feel that connection. It certainly isn't about just one person leading the whole time, whether that be the teacher or any other dancer. In class we call that 'drilling' folks! Again it can be lots of fun and good practice in following moves and cues but actual improvisation is far more organic than that. You gotta lead it to feed it!
Yes, it IS group improv all the way for Sakura; it's a feeling that we just don't get from dancing any other way.
|If we have to cross bridges, please|
can they be in Portland, Oregon?
ASIDE : I am warbling and rambling and am nowhere near finished. I may have to make this a two-parter to ensure you all stay awake. Zzzzzzzzzzzz ......
|Gypsy Caravan : Improv at its best!|
|FatChance Bellydance |
We have lots of fun playing with some of our
friends who dance in this format - but is
that really improv?
Yes, I have warbled - not quite as long as the Tribal Bible yet though!
But in the interests of sanity (well, your sanity. Mine went out the window a long time ago!). I'm going to stop here - for now. I hope everything has come across as I wanted it to.There is SO much more I want to say.I want to talk more about ....
Tribal - A dance for today
Tribal - Room for Creativity?
Improvisation -Does it have to be 100% improv, 100% of the time?
Costume - Yes, you got it, doth not a tribal dancer make! But also, costume in 2011 - what does that mean?
Music - How far do we/should we stick with tradition? Can we play?
So I shall post a follow-up blog in a few days time, once I've sorted my thoughts out again.
Until next time, happy dancing!