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I was very fortunate to have most of the music specially composed for the show. It really allowed me to create a unique dance show with a theatrical feeling.

Are there any examples or patterns which you follow or is the whole show genuinely made from you?

I get inspiration from many places, like the ballet, movies, Broadway shows even small dance show cases. I believe that art can be found in everyday life as well and I am always keeping my eyes open for inspiration. I had a good idea about my concept and story for the show and then I hired a professional writer to put it together.

Since this seems to be an enormous event, what standard do you want to set in the belly dance world (if I may take "belly dance evolution" literally).

I wanted to create a dance show which could raise the bar for the art of belly dance. Yes EVOLUTION is the idea!! Normally we see belly dance in a "Showcase" format solos and troupe pieces. I am certainly not the first belly dancer to add a story line to a show but I feel that thru my years of experience in choreographing, directing and performing in shows I can contribute to the “Evolution” of this beautiful art form.

How long did it take to put the show together?

I had the idea about 1 1/2 years ago and have been piecing it together since then. This has really been a dream come true and I have never worked so hard in my life but this has been a labor of love and I really enjoy working with a wonderfully talented cast that challenges me artistically.


Hanover, March 12, 2010

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Budapest, March 14, 2010

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by Marcel Bieger
Part 7
And now at last, Jillina talks to us, the one who invented all this:
What came first, the old Greek myths,
or the music, or the show? What brought the three of them together?

The idea to have a dance show with a story came first, then the modern day Greek characters.