Live Shots: Belly Dance Show and Kardash, Red Poppy Art House, 2/10/11

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I'm all for intimate venues and performances -- and the shows at the tiny Red Poppy Art House literally happen in your lap -- but it's kinda scary when the performers are wielding huge swords and you wonder if you'll go home missing the tip of your nose.

Luckily, these blade-brandishing belly dancers knew what they were doing and even though there were several sharp shiny weapons balancing precariously on the head of a dancer at one point, just about two feet from my face, I felt OK.

The performance at Red Poppy not only featured belly dancing, but also the groovy fusion beats of Kardash and several of their musical friends. Their sound had a Middle Eastern flare to it and there was one moment that stuck with me the most during the show. One musician played the tambourine for a piece with such precision, isolating the drum and then the bells around the edge of the instrument, that it created a totally foreign sound like nothing I've ever heard before. It was truly beautiful.

The dancers also showed their considerable talents, especially Elizabeth Strong in a dance titled “Mata Hari,” about the infamous exotic dancer who was also a spy. Donning red lilies in her hair, Strong started the dance very slowly, creating a mesmerizing concoction of mystery and movement, but ended with a feverish mix of whirling hips and flying scarves.

And guess what? At the end of the night, I left with all my “Jewish princess nose” (as my mother likes to call it) fully intact.

Comments

Darn the internet - meant to write "global lounge of Yoshi's SF" on Wednesday April 20th.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 28, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

Thanks for kind words and images. I would like to add that Kardash will be at Viracocha in the Mission on Saturday March 12th and then again at the Global Yoshi's Wednesday April 20th.

Yours truly,
ISHMAEL MISIRLI

Posted by Guest on Feb. 28, 2011 @ 2:57 pm