Thanks for coming to Belly Dance “Prop-tacular” at the 2011 FIGMENT festival in NYC!
Veils are large pieces of lightweight fabric (usually silk) that are used by belly dancers to create flowing, atmospheric dances. Veils come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including rectangular and half circle, and can be used singularly or in pairs (or sometimes more!). The veil dance may be a distant cousin of North African and Middle Eastern shawl, skirt and handkerchief dances, but veil dancing as we know it today has its origins in theatrical performances from the 1940s by Egyptian dancers like Samia Gamal and fantasy “historical” performances by Ruth St. Denis and others. While veils were originally used to make grand entrances and the dropped soon after, veilwork has evolved to become the focus of entire dances.
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(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. )