Creating Theatrical Belly Dance Magic
To celebrate the bonds dancers find within belly dance troupes and the creativity and passion they spark, we are hosting a unique collaborative event to bring the best of Japan’s belly dancers together with international dancers to create an interactive theatrical dance performance project. Register to audition today!
It's a late summer's night in Tokyo. Teenage Mak tosses and turns in her sickbed but seeks an escape in the cool night air. "Secret Garden" is from a book she recieved from her grandfather, which she settles down to read in a moonlit garden. Maki encounters colorful flowers, mysterious creatures, strange worlds, the prince and dancers. She walks into the world of a beautiful story.
The principal choreographers for this show are Amelia and Elisabeth. Experienced dance companies are also invited to choreograph all new numbers for the show. Innovating with head in the sky and with feet formly planted in dance tradition is encouraged!
Dancers will be encouraged to push themselves out of their comfort zones, take risks, give and take feedback, teach and learn from one another. Where there is a common passion among people, even thousands of kilometers apart, anything is possible.
Wanted: Theatrical belly dancers with a sense of humor, a hunger to learn and a desire to perform with dancers from the around the world!
The registration fee includes…
(The rehearsal starts from end of February, weekdays in the evenings and weekends. The cost of rehearsal studio will be shared among the participants)
Fill out the registration form to audition by Jan 31, 2018
Dancers will audition via video.
Dancers are selected Feb 15 and will receive choreography, music and costume guidance. Start dancing!
Come to Tokyo
Dance and sweat for a retreat weekend before the show, expect the energy of Tokyo, and perform on July 21st, 2018!
creating dance magic across border
Amelia and Elisabeth are longtime dancers with experience in putting on critically acclaimed dance shows. They are dedicated to bringing their passion of storytelling and belly dance together with dancers from around the world to bring the Secret Garden to life.
Amelia and Elisabeth first danced together on a dusty polo field in Zambia in 2016, when Amelia was visiting for a few weeks on a work trip. Soon, Amelia became an adjunct member of Zambelly, Zambia’s first belly dance company that Elisabeth founded, dancing at restaurants, clubs and joyful family celebrations alongside Ramya, Hildah, Mazyanga and Julia--an Indian-American, two Zambians, and a Russian--making for a truly international belly dance company, the only one for nearly 2000 kilometers in any direction. Zambelly inspired Amelia and Elisabeth to build the Secret Garden concept together.
one week, one amazing experience
Secret Garden is more than just a collaborative belly dance show; it's also cultural exchanges, camraderie, rehearsal, sweat, giggles and late nights. It's unlike any dance show you've ever taken part in.
July 12-14, 2018
The weekend before the show, all dancers in Secret Garden will go on a dance intensive outside of Tokyo. There, for the first time, all dancers will dance together in each number for the show, set staging, clean choreography, and do dress rehearsal. Expect excellent accomodation, lots of mirror and dance time, great food, and quality time with dancers from around the world.
July 15-20, 2018 (evenings)
International dancers have extra studio time during the day to rehearse group numbers, and big group numbers are rehearsed with everyone in the evening.
July 21, 2018
The one night of magic is here! Dancers perform in the Secret Garden Theatrical Bellydance Show.
July 22, 2018
Workshops for dance students, beginner to professional and open to the public, will be offered. Topics may include theatrical belly dance concepts, original choreography from different Oriental dance disciplines, prop usage and dancing to live music.
— Khalil Gibran —