Thanks for coming to Belly Dance “Prop-tacular” at the 2011 FIGMENT festival in NYC!
Isis wings are not a traditional Egyptian belly dance prop, but were invented to evoke Isis, the Ancient Egyptian goddess of nature, motherhood and magic. Made of carefully pleated materials like lamé or organza, they shimmer, swirl and swoop to create some of the most dramatic and flashy belly dance performances around.
The origins of Isis wings are highly debated, with some saying they evolved from the performances of Loie Fuller in the 1920s, others saying they were adapted from Las Vegas showgirl props, and still others attributing their origin to various American dancers in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
For more information on Najla’s performances and classes, visit her website.
For more information on FIGMENT, visit their website.
(For those of you who aren’t coming to this page from the festival, this blog entry is part of a series of posts on the different belly dance props being showcased during Najla’s festival performances at the Colonels Stage on Governors Island at 1:30 pm on June 10 and at 12:00 pm on June 12, 2011. Audience members will be able to scan a QR code next to a picture of each prop in order to learn more about it. )