Theatrical Dance Show

Journey Along the Silk Road follows a Princess as she searches for three magical ingredients to save her dying mother, the Empress. Take a journey through exotic lands and witness dances from Egypt, Turkey, China and India.

PROGRAM


Act 1: Creation of Silk (Palace, Chang’an, China)

Choreography: Kaeshi Chai
Music: Mermaid’s Tears by Pete List

The creation of silk requires that the caterpillar be killed before it transforms into a moth which breaks the threads of silk when it leaves its cocoon. Scalding water is used to kill the worm and soften the gum in which the cocoon is wrapped allowing an unbroken silk thread to be unwound. The resulting thread is beautiful, but it comes at a cost.

 


Trade Between China & Egypt

Choreography: Bellyqueen
Music: Carnival by 12 Girls Band

The Queen of Egypt trades jewelry in exchange for silk with the Empress of China and is introduced to her daughter the Princess. Trade on the Silk Road was a significant factor in the development of the great civilizations of Ancient China, Central Asia, India, Tibet, the Persian Empire, Mediterranean and Egypt. It linked East and West through the exchange of goods and culture. The first evidence of silk trade is found in an Egyptian mummy dating back to 1000 B.C. Egyptians followed by the Romans, purchased silk from the Chinese and it began to be used by Europeans as early as 753 B.C.


Sword Warriors

Choreography & Staging: Elisheva
Music: The Shifty Chiftitelli by Kevin Nevik Hartnell

The palace guards demonstrate their skill, discipline and dexterity with swords.

 

 

 

Tang Fan

Choreography & Staging: Kaeshi Chai
Music: Hamam by Trancendental

The ladies of the Tang court perform with fans.

 

 

 

 

Empress Is Ill

Choreography: Bellyqueen
Music: Blood and Glory by Paul Denlitir

The Empress is suddenly overcome by a mysterious illness and collapses.

 

 

 

We Must Seek Help (Palace, Chang’an, China)

Choreography: Anasma & Antonina Canal
Music: The Echo Game by Kathleen Battle & Shigeru Umebayashi

The advisor to the Empress suggests to the Princess they must seek the guidance of the Wu Shaman.

 

 

Wu Shaman Vision (Wu Shaman Cave, Chang’an, China)

Choreography: Susan Frankovich
Music: No Mercy by Tuomas Kantelinen

The Wu Shaman enters into a trance and she sees 3 deities with magical ingredients along the Silk Road.

 

 

The Journey Begins (Chang’an to Dunhuang, China)

Choreography: Anasma Vuong
Music: Unknown

Desperate to save her Mother, the Princess decides to embark on this arduous and dangerous journey.

 

 

Apsara Temple (Dunhuang, China)

Choreography and Staging: Kaeshi Chai
Music: Flutterby by Pete List

The first deity is a Flying Apsara from Dunhuang, the ancient city in Gansu Province, Western China. The Princess collects her first magical ingredient, a golden lotus flower.

 

 

 

Grasslands Of The Heavenly Mountains (Tian Shan, China)

Choreography: Sandralis Gines and ShoShannah Estell
Music: “Caravan” by Raquy and the Cavemen

The landscape comes to life with lush grasslands and a young Central Asian couple who race with each other on horseback.

 

 

Bandits (Turpan, China)

Choreography: Irina Akulenko
Music: Karangailyg Kara Hovaa (Dyngyldai) by Yat-Kha

The Princess is accosted by bandits, beaten and left for dead.

 

 

 

The Rescue (Turpan, China)

Choreography: Sandralis, Natalie, Anasma
Music: Gnossienne by Claude Chalhoub

The young Central Asian couple discover the Princess and they develop a friendship with each other.

 

 

 

Taklamakan Desert (Xinjiang, China)

Choreography: Elena Lentini and Bellyqueen
Music: Medley from the Passion by Peter Gabriel and Mongol by Tuomas Kantelinen

They enter into the most forbidding desert in the world, the Taklamakan. Travelers who did not die of thirst or starvation might be engulfed by shifting dunes, scoured by fearsome sandstorms called burans, or driven mad by hallucinations. Marco Polo, who claimed to have passed through the Taklamakan in the late 1200s, thought that it was haunted by demons. So did the famous seventh-century monk Xuanzang, who twice traversed the Taklamakan on his epic pilgrimage to India. The “free-flowing” sands, he wrote in his classic account of the journey, drift and disperse “with the wind… There are no landmarks, [so] travelers pile up bones to mark the way… searingly hot winds” make “men and animals confused and fall ill. At times one can hear soughing, or sobbing, but…. suddenly one does not know where to turn… Thus many perish. [Such] are the effects of ghosts and spirits.”

INTERMISSION

 

Act 2: Workers of the Caravanserai (Cappadocia, Turkey)

Choreography: Kaeshi Chai
Music: 9/4 The Ladies by Balkan Beatbox

The Princess manages to survive the Taklamakan and makes her way to Turkey. She stops at a local Caravanserai to ask how she can find Shahmeran, the snake priestess, the second deity from the Wu Shaman’s vision. The locals are reluctant to help because Shahmeran is extremely dangerous so the princess throws a tantrum. The locals offer her a drink to cheer her up.

 

Mastika Hangover (Caravanserai, Cappadocia, Turkey)

Choreography: Kaeshi Chai
Music: Mastika by Fucc the INS

After an all-nighter of drinking Mastika, a powerful liquor seasoned with resin gathered from the mastic tree, one very drunk local finally, against her better judgment, agrees to take the Princess to Shahmeran.

 

 

Shahmeran, The Snake Priestess (Cappadocia, Turkey)

Choreography: Kaeshi Chai
Staging: Bellyqueen
Music: Filii Neidhardi by Corvus Corax

The Princess uses her cunning to outsmart Shahmeran and manages to pull a snake scale, the second magical ingredient from her back.

 

Time is Running Out (Cappadocia, Turkey To Baghdad)

Choreography: Anasma
Music: “Unknown”

The Princess is aware that her mother does not have much time left. She is exhausted however the love for her mother motivates her to continue.

 

 

Saidi Folkloric Dance (Marketplace, Baghdad)

Choreography: Cristina Gadea
Music: “Sallam Allay” by Hossam Ramzy

The Princess arrives in Baghdad exhausted, starving and thirsty. The marketplace is buzzing with activity with people from all over the Middle East converging to trade with each other.

 

Saudi Arabian Khaleegy (Marketplace, Baghdad)

Choreography: Kaeshi Chai
Music: “Leyla Leyla” by the Bellytwins

Shoppers try out Saudi Arabian loose fitting dresses called Thobes and decide to dance the Khaleegy which comes from the Persian Gulf/Arabian peninsula area.

 

 

 

Raks Assaya Cane Dance (Marketplace)

Choreography: Amar Gamal
Staging: Bellyqueen
Music: Hoss-Hoss by Al-Ahram Orchestra

This dance originated in southern Egypt, in the region known as the Said or Upper Egypt. Traditionally, in the Said, men carried long sticks with them which they used as weapons, and eventually they evolved a dance called Tahtiyb in which they feigned fighting with these sticks. Women then began dancing with canes as a way of playfully imitating this men’s dance, and eventually Raks Al Assaya developed into a distinct women’s dance.

 

 The Queen of Egypt passes through the Bagdad marketplace and recognizes the Princess. They are reunited and the Queen takes her back to Egypt.

 

 

 

 


Group Drum (Marketplace, Baghdad)

Choreography: Elisheva
Music: Short by Raquy and the Cavemen

An exciting piece where dancers articulate the accents played on the drum through masterful isolations.

 

 

 

Classical Egyptian (Luxor, Egypt)

Original Choreography: Amar Gamal
Staging: Bellyqueen
Music: Wa Marret El Ayam by Dr Samy Farag

Back in Egypt and in the comfort of her own home, the Queen dances.

 

 


Egyptian Goddess (Luxor, Egypt)

Choreography: Irina Akulenko
Music: Aazab – Suffering by Hossam Ramzy

The Princess is led to the temple of the third deity, an Egyptian Goddess who gives her her final magical ingredient, light.

 

 

 

Creation Of The Medicine (Luxor to Chang’an China)

Choreography: Anasma, Susan Frankovich
Music: Breaking Through by Audio Machine

The Princess races back to China and the Wu Shaman combines all three magical ingredients to create the medicine with the healing spirit of a Phoenix.

 

 

 

Rebirth (Chang’an China)

Choreography: Bellyqueen
Music: Breath and Life by Audio Machine

The Empress is brought back to life with the Phoenix medicine.

 

 

 

 

Celebration (Chang’an, China)

Choreography: Kaeshi Chai
Staging: Irina Akulenko and Sandralis Gines
Music: Troubadour’s Journey by Aram Asatryan

Everyone celebrates the Empress and the return of the Princess with red silk.

 

 

 

Bellyqueen’s Oldest Choreography From 1998

Choreography: Amar Gamal
Staging: Sandralis Gines
Music: Towan Rohi by Setrak

 

We continue the celebration with a classic Bellyqueen choreography.

 

 

Bow

Staging: Susan Frankovich
Music: Der Bauch by MC Sultan

 

 

 

 

 

Encore

Choreography: Bellyqueen
Music: If by Janet Jackson