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...Thalia's role is a fun one to get to play, and she even gets to make trouble disguised as a man wearing an overlarge moustache at one point in the show.

Have you ever before in your career been confronted with different cultural settings like in this case the Greek, and how did you prepare yourself for it?

I have long been interested in ancient history and mythology. I have also been interested for some time in joining belly dance and story together. When I learned that I was to play the role of a Greek muse, I read a lot online about who Thalia was in Ancient Greece, and spoke with my theatre friends about ways to bring comedy to the stage. I learned that Thalia was attributed with a wreath of ivy about her head, and this inspired the design of the crown that I wear when I am portraying Thalia in the show.

What was your first reaction when you got notice that you were engaged for the show?

When I learned I was engaged for the show I threw up....Just kidding. No, Jillina and I had met a couple of times during my short-lived involvement with Bellydance Super Stars. In January of last year, she very politely asked if I would be interested in joining this project. I unhesitatingly agreed - she even asked, "are you sure?" which I thought was very funny. There was no question in my mind that I definitely wanted to be a part of a theatrical, professional dance show in which I would have a chance to create dances in my own style, and also dance with artists whom I greatly respect. I am honored and overjoyed to be a part of the Bellydance Evolution project.

Elisabeth Strong

Hanover, March 12, 2010

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Budapest, March 14, 2010

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by Marcel Bieger
Part 4...
It will be her first time live on stage in Germany, Elisabeth Strong. Here she's talking about her role in "Bellydance Evolution"
Which role do you play and dance in the show?

I play the role of Thalia, the Greek muse of comedy and pastoral art and poetry. In the show, Immortal Desires, she is a bit of a trouble maker and is friend to Medusa and Pandora,...