After long post-New Year’s hiatus during January and most of February, my performance schedule started to pick up toward the third week of February, starting with my show in Van, then the listening party for a pop singer called Arman, where I performed with incredible percussionist Bünyamin Olguncan, and some other great musicians at Ghetto Music Lounge. (Don’t ask me why it’s called that, but it’s a cool place.)
This Friday and Saturday past, I performed with Besidos, the Balkan-gypsy-pop
Updated 03-20-2013 at 06:24 PM by Lara Adrienne
Life in Istanbul is a roller coaster of ups and downs.
1. Dancing is fun. (Up.)
2. There is an angry psycho agency manager harassing and threatening me because the dancer I recommended to him for a gig in Greece demanded to be paid in full as agreed. (Down.)
3. I have an awesome apartment and I made a most delicious vegan potato, broccoli, chard, coconut soup. (Up.)
4. I finished the soup last night and am now starving again. (Down.)
I have been performing in Turkey since January. It's been full of ups and downs. After three months of performing every night in Bodrum, then returning to Istanbul for the last two weeks of the Holy Month of Ramazan, during which there is nearly no work for dancers, I am looking forward to breaking the "performance fast" tonight in Cihangir. I will be performing tonight, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. On Sunday, I've got the night off, then Monday, a show on a Bosphorus cruise.
Ok. It's official. I am now registered for, and starting choreography practice this
week for Hannan's Belly Dance Studio's Friday June 24 Gala Show!
At least for now, I expect to be performing as a member of not one, but two different Beginner classes, one led by the owner of the studio, and another led by a different teacher. We will see how the choreographies go over the coming
weeks, and if I find that I am having an easier time with one and a really