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THE TIME OF THE GODDESS
Interview with Samira
about her career and the belly dance situation in Poland
by Marcel Bieger

„The time of the goddess" (le temps de la déesse). How does this wonderful word (to be found on your site) influence your dance (your life?)
This word is the title of an article I wrote about belly dance... more...
“I’M ON A PERSONAL QUEST… “
Interview with Silvia Salamanca

- by Marcel Bieger and Konstanze Winkler
We met Silvia Salamanca after the Contest at Leyla Jouvana’s 17th Oriental Festival in Duisburg, Germany, where she had sat in the jury. Like all judges she had performed at the beginning of the show and we saw a very unique and elegant dancer with a strong personality – all in all reason enough for us to have a word with her… more...
The heart is the Divinity in us
Interview with Banafsheh Sayyad

by Marcel Bieger
with friendly support from Pari

After seeing Banafsheh Sayyad perform at the Orientale 2009 in Düsseldorf, Germany I was more than curious about meeting this world famous and mysterious dancer from the Iran (nowadays USA) in person... more...
OF GODDESSES, GREEKS
AND GOOD DANCING

„BELLYDANCE EVOLUTION“
by Marcel Bieger

It started in the USA and now it’s coming to Germany, more precisely, Hanover, in the context of “World of Orient”, the show "BELLYDANCE EVOLUTION"... more...

Interviews with: Sharon Kihara Heather Aued Kaeshi
Elisabeth Strong Louchia Ozzy Jillina
"I LOVE ATS"
Interview with musician and producer
Phil Thornton

by Konstanze Winkler

Since we are a belly dance magazine, we would like to know what led you to Tribal music. Could you please tell us something about...
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Interview with Steven Eggers

by Marcel Bieger

We saw a stunning dark and even mystical performance from you. Is this the kind of performance...
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MELTING POT OF THE NORTH
an interview
with
Dud Muurmand

September 2009

- by Marcel Bieger

How did your career start?
My artistic career started out in the theater. Already back in my early youth I was drawn to the stage... more...

DANCE ENERGY FROM THE ROMAN PALACE

Interview with
Dunja, co-promoter of the
tribal festival in Split

by Marcel Bieger

The Tribal Festival Split immediately catched our eye. Not only because of its unique concept but also because here one more country has ...
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LIVE MUSIC AND BELLY DANCE FOR ALL
The European Tour of DJAM Under Jebon
by Marcel Bieger
Every given Wednesday people come together from 7:30 to 10:30 in NYC’s „Je’Bon Noodle Shop” to celebrate the “most experimental bellydance party
in NYC”...
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"DAYDREAMS - REVERIES"
Interview with
MADURO
by Marcel Bieger and Konstanze Winkler


Not too many musicians have discovered steam punk for themselves, but amongst those few Maduro has to be named prominently. His album “Fin de Siecle” must be rated as a milestone for the steam punk movement. Hailing from the Washington DC area, the artist who ...
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DISTRACTION FOR THE EMPEROR 
Interview with the Chinese
belly dance superstar
Guo Wei
by Marcel Bieger

Whoever has been on a belly dance tour or mission in China has stumbled over the name of Guo Wei. In his home country Guo Wei is famed as a super star, and he... more...
DANCE AND DIGNITY MAKE FUSION

Interview with the Vietnamese-Tunisian Dancer Anasma

by Marcel Bieger


When we saw Anasma for the first time, when she performed at the “Orientale” in Düsseldorf, Germany, we knew that we just had to ... more...
KOREAN CLASSIC

Interview with the Korean Dancer
Sujee Choi

by Marcel Bieger

Sujee Choi will perform at the 18th Oriental Festival Europe and she will give Workshops. She’s also a member of the jury for the contest “Belly Dancer of the World”.... more...
"MY FAVORITE STUDY IS LIFE"
Interview with Amaya
by Marcel Bieger
Amaya has been in Germany in the 1970s already, to teach and to perform. She was born and still lives in the US state of New Mexico, and after many years she will return to Germany this 2010... more...
"I’M ADDICTED TO TRAVELING"
Interview with
Geneva Bybee
by Marcel Bieger
Please tell us something about what you did before you started dancing
I have danced all of my life.  Starting with lessons at a young age, I’ve always been involved in ... more...
"WE INVITE ALL TRIBAL TENDENCIES"
Interview with
Isabel de Lorenzo,
one of the promoters of
ROMA TRIBAL meeting

by Marcel Bieger

What brought the idea up, to make a Tribal Festival in Rome?
Gathering Tribal dancers in Rome is an old idea that for so many reasons was impossible to fulfill before now ... more...
FROM THE CONGO TO INTERNATIONAL STARDOM
Interview with Salwa

by Marcel Bieger

At Leyla’s Oriental Festival you can see a variety of dance personalities from all over the world. And because this is so, it has to take a lot to surprise you – for instance an Africa rooted dancer... more...

„If you are true to yourself you always find something worth making better, making nicer or making different“

Interview with LEYLA JOUVANA

by Marcel Bieger

One of the prominent promoters in Germany, one of our finest dancers, a choreographer of high degree and a patron of national and international dance talents... more...
TRIBAL UMRAH IS A "GYPSY" FESTIVAL"
Interview with
DJEYNEE BODSON
by Mareike Beiersdorf


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„Umrah“ is the arabic word for "pilgrimage". And so it is also with the festival carrying this name. It never takes place at the same city twice ... more...
"TSIFTETELI EXPRESSES OUR SOUL"
An interview with Nelly

by Marcel Bieger

One of the most famous Greek belly dancers is Nelly. Although living also in Austria, she is still based in Greece and has more than one word to say in the community there. Nelly is also a member of Jillina’s European BDE support ensemble, and this all together ... more...
PRINCESS FARHANA - THAT'S ME!
Her majesty in her own words

by Pleasant Gehman

Author, painter, musician, theater director, dancer, enfant terrible, punk rocker – this list could be continued endlessly (and in the end be longer than the whole article). All this condenses to Princess Farhana...
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"I'M EXCITED!"
Interview with
Princess Farhana
by Marcel Bieger

"A short time ago, Her Royal Highness, Princess Farhana, deigned to write to us about her life. But a short time before her appearance in Munich, Germany, we wish  to know some more things, like... more...
"MY INSTRUCTIONS USE STANDARD LANGUAGE"
Interview with
Suhaila Salimpour
by Marcel Bieger

After her successful performance und even more successful work shops at the 18th Oriental Festival 2010 at Duisburg, Germany, promoted by Leyla Jouvana and Roland, Suhaila Salimpour, one of the most prominent dancers in the history of modern belly dance, will be back to Germany in April this year...
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EVOLUTION-DEVIANCE-VARIANCE
Interview with SHAKRA
by Marcel Bieger

Somewhen everybody has heard of „Shakra“ or even saw a video from them, but nobody seems
to know much about them... more ...
"WELL, FOR SURE I'LL INSTRUCT 
THE 9 NEW STEPS!"

Interview with Devi Mamak
by Marcel Bieger


Devi Mamak started in far away Australia and is already a world wide known living legend. She not only has reached the top of the ATS ranking, she also extended the FCBD format with nine new steps... more ...
"I FEEL LIKE I'M IN A PROCESS..."
Interview with
Amirah
by Marcel Bieger

When we saw Belgian artist Amirah (Tine Verheyen) the first time, she performed with Milka as “Duo Kokoro” at the 3rd Contest of Leyla Jouvana and Roland’s 17th Oriental Festival (2009). The two of them danced a wonderful steampunk piece, which made 1st place... more...
WORKSHOPS, VERY BRITISH -
Samantha Emanuel
at perlatentia's in Hanover
by Konstanze Winkler
It’s Saturday, September 25th 2010. I’m on my way to the dance studio “movenyo”, because the British dancer Samantha Emanuel ... more ...
"I COULD SUDDENLY SEE THE HAPPINESS AROUND ME"
Interview with show promoter
Khalida
by Marcel Bieger

At the beginning of last year the dancers Khalida and Milka told us that they were planning their own festival and if we would like to support them...
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DELICIOUS ORIENT
Interview with Aisa Lafour

by Marcel Bieger

You are one of the most famous belly dancers of Holland and Europe, and since last year you have your own show (together with friends). What is the idea behind "Orientalicious"?
Orientalicous is a 3 day long festival with international artists. It's 3 days of parties...
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"Obaldel"
Interview with Russian Belly Dance Star
Nadia Nikishenko

by Marcel Bieger

It's not unusual to discover a new talent at any given show. But it is very rare to see an artist, which you never heard of before, who dances several pieces which all take your breath away. One of these rare occasions is Nadia Nikishenko ... more ...
DANCING IN CYBERSPACE 
Cyber Gypsy II
Interview with Louise Granhøj Hechmann
by Marcel Bieger

Since the first time we saw Dud Muurmand dancing,
we kept her ...
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TRIBAL IN THE UK
by Hilde Cannoodt
and Philippa Gebhardt


We met Hilde Cannoodt this spring at Beyond Bellydance III in Utrecht (NL) and were impressed not only with her dance but also with what she has to say. Together with Philippa Gebhardt of “Moirai Tribal” she collected worth knowing facts about the British Tribal scene, but see for yourselves ... more ...
"I WANT TO DO THAT!"
Interview with Megha Gavin
by Marcel Bieger

Would you be so kind to tell us something about your life before FCBD?

Before I started dancing I spent a lifetime in choir and theatre.  From a young age I new that I loved performing and felt very comfortable on the stage.  I started dance classes at the age of 4 or so and then moved into singing in the choir and ... more ...