From the opening “Burn, Baby, Burn” pre-show, the standing-room-only crowd was whipped into a frenzy with precise technique, movement and the hypnotic sounds of Middle Eastern drum music. Besides a few minor synchronization mishaps that went virtually unnoticed, the performers intrigued the audience with fire sticks and flaming hoops surrounding their torsos as they moved rhythmically to the music.
After the pre-show, the audience was greeted by the hostess of the evening, Leela, who let them know they had not seen anything yet.
And it was truly so, as the show had such a plethora of elements, people and musical selections that it could appeal to almost anyone.
From the sensual solo performances by the remarkable belly dancers, to the sultry burlesque-style troupe performance of “Beyond the Sea,” this show appealed to all the senses. Although the show included some talented male performers, it seemed to be more of a celebration of womanhood.
There were women onstage of all ages, shapes and ethnicities — all coming together using their body language to celebrate confidence, sensuality and life in general. From the intricate details in the costumes, to precise movements and breathing techniques by some of the more seasoned belly dancers like the featured stars, Kaya and Sadie, anyone could tell that this show took some serious training, planning and organization.
Music styles shifted from electronic house music and Middle Eastern grooves to old-school rock classics.
But the excitement of the show is created through colorful costumes, elements of theater, elaborate movement and a little bit of skin. The acts conjure up feelings of suspense, sensuality, intrigue and even the joy of laughter. Leela’s “Arabia Exotica” Belly Dance Fantasy Theater is exactly what the title suggests: a voyage into a fantasy world where the forbidden, exotic and erotic is on full display.
?HASSAHN LIGGINS has reviewed anyone and everyone, from Janet Jackson to Pink.