I was working with an agency, doing from 1-3 belly dance gigs a night in Bodrum, Turkey this summer, mostly in hotels, but occasionally at a wedding, nightclub, or circumcision feast. However, I still wanted more gigs, more money, and more excitement, so when a “friend” (not really a friend)–an artists’ manager and event organizer who we’ll call “Nur” breezed into Bodrum from Istanbul and asked me if I’d be interested in picking up some extra gigs, I was all for it.
Nur, who I still
Updated 09-22-2011 at 01:02 AM by Lara Adrienne
I've had hooks on my costume pop open on stage twice. (You'd think I would have learned the first time.) The story below is not about a wardrobe malfunction, but about a different kind of wardrobe emergency I had this summer dancing in Bodrum, Turkey.
After acquiring not one, two, or even three, but FOUR brand-new costumes in one week, I was excited to the point of being overwhelmed. Which costume should get the spotlight first? I wondered.
I decided on the black
Since I returned to Turkey in January 2011, I've been lucky enough to have my performances televised and/or perform on TV four times.
All four times have involved at least some level of stress or confusion!
The first time, I was performing in a Turkish Romany concert. It was before I felt prepared to perform Turkish Romany dance, and it was my first gig after moving to Istanbul.
The second time, I appeared on Mehmet Ali Erbil's show, and I almost missed
Updated 08-20-2013 at 04:45 AM by Lara Adrienne
I slept in this morning after a late night out with party animal Sema Yıldız. A busy dancer in Turkey, Europe, and throughout the Middle East in the 70s, 80s, and into the 90s, Sema is retired from regular performances and now teaches workshops in Europe, Asia, and North America. Still, to see her flirt and party on a Saturday night, you’d think she was 22 years old. . . .
She invited me to a late dinner at Gar Gazino, where I had the privilege of watching Gül Nihal and
Updated 09-04-2011 at 05:25 PM by Lara Adrienne
Updated 11-28-2011 at 04:41 AM by JamilaJohari