Proptober is almost here!

Get ready to have your swords (and more) at hand in a couple weeks.  We’ve almost reached  Proptober — we’ll be offering a sampler of belly dance props including swords, veils, and canes, used in a Tribal/Group way with dance moves that you are familiar with, plus some extra moves that especially showcase the prop!

Here’s the tentative calendar:

October 4 & 6 – The HoI Troupe favorite:  swords!
October 11 & 13 – Playful and Balanced Baskets!
October 18 & 20 – Sultry and strong moves with Veils!
October 25 & 27 – Petra’s favorite, and the most traditional of props:  canes!

We have extras for each of these props; however, please bring your own if you have them. Also, we’re highly likely to use one of these props in an upcoming show or three. Come try them out and see what you like, so you too can be part of that decision-making process.

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Dance of the Taras at Tribal Fest 2014

In this performance House of Inanna honors a rare and beautiful occurrence — a Female Bodhisattva — by dancing her story: a lost soul who becomes a Tara, an an enlightened one, through breaking through her suffering and finding compassion for herself and others.

Gratitude and thanks to Carolena Nericcio, Fat Chance Belly Dance, and other teachers like Azar (veil), Colin Peterson (buugeng) and others who have taught us how to handle props well. Also very importantly, we thank Fontain’s MUSE for putting together an original score for our piece. The collaborative process rocked, and we’re honored to have them involved. Buy their music!


Descent of Inanna: Journey to the Underworld

This ritual interpretation of the Descent of Inanna was performed at Tribal Fest 2011. Due to the nine-minute limit on stage time we reduced the traditional number of gates from seven to three, and we concluded not quite stripped bare, but wearing simple, unadorned shifts to symbolize the lack of any of the trappings of the ego. The ritual was a profound practice for us; more of an internal exploration than a performance piece.

We received a lot of help with this, for which we are very grateful. Many thanks to Elena Melendez for the beautiful voice-over of Inanna, and to Mixmaster Sean Gugler for mixing our music: A Muey A Muey (Aisha Kandisha’s Jarring Effects); Izgrejala (Vas version); Cantara (Dead Can Dance); Jilala 1 – Nocturnal Ritual (Moroccan Spirit); Shashkin (Rare Elements – O.F. Tekbilek remixed). A huge thank you to everyone who made this possible!