Rakkasah West Festival 2009 - March 14, 2009
Bahira, Sevanti, Fara'Asha & Aniq
Indigenous presented its Afro-Caribbean Line-up of Mytho-Poetic Belly Dance in Vallejo, California happily debuting newest member, Aniq, in her first Rakkasah performance. Carl Sermon of ReelSoundandLight provided the following fantastic photos of the troupe's set.
The first choreography in the set envisions four sailing boats setting out from the harbor into the beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean to the soulful Belizean guitar and voice of Aurelio Martinez. Each dancer floats gently out to sea and unfurls her sail (veil) to catch the breeze tacking back and forth as they cross paths.
Above: The boats return safely to port, sails secured.
Some Like It Hot! A cheeky little Hip Hop dance
Below: Aniq rejoins the Hot trio for some VooDoo Magic to a Middle Eastern version of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition"
Below: "Pemulway" by James Archer has the troupe jazzing it up African style
Below: Samba! Ends the set with high energy
Power Stance: Indigenous Raks! Thanks Carl for the photos.