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Last but not least Sashi:

MY DEAR FRIEND, IF I WOULD TELL YOU THAT!

Interview with Sashi while on her way to 3rd Tribal Festival in Hanover, Germany

- by Marcel Bieger

How is the Dark Scene prospering in the US and in the world?

 The Dark Scene is prospering very well in the US. As one of the originators of the Dark Scene in belly dance, I am witnessing a rapid increase in Gothic and Dark Fusion related belly dance events as well as traditional and tribal festivals including more and more Gothic and Dark Fusion related belly dance in their shows and teacher line ups. As well as the attendance levels of my Gothic Bellydance festival Gothla US at its highest level yet inspiring us to expand the festival to three days this year.

Which role does Sashi play in its prospering?

If I might humbly say that my continuing presence in the larger belly dance scenes offers a wider audience the chance to sample the flavor of Dark Fusion belly dance and provides them with the opportunity to explore the fusion forms of belly dance.

What are you planning as your performance in Hanover, and should the faint at heart better stay away?

My dear friend, if I told you it wouldn’t be my wicked little surprise now would it? I’ll tell you what though, you’ll never guess what I have in store for all…faint of heart and twisted of mind….!

What other gruesome projects do you have in store for this year?

I have just completed articles reviewing the world renowned, Karen Hsiao’s, Rubber Duck photography book and art installation. My article will be featured as the afterward in the Rubber Duck book published by Baby Tattoo and featured in the international high art magazine Eyemaze. Additionally I will be teaching and performing at the original 10th Tribal Fest 2010 in May 12-15th, 2010 in Sebastopol, California, 3rd International Tribal Festival in Hanover, Germany May 27th -30th  and touring Australia and New Zealand July 6th through August 18th, 2010

 Some of your costumes are designed by the Berlin artist, Louis Fleischhauer from AMF Corsets. He made one of your most famous leather costumes.

Yes, I believe that you are referring to my blue winged corset. Louis and I worked together to create the beautiful piece of wearable art. I have always loved the motif of wings and grew up idealizing artists such as Luis Royo, Boris Vallejo and Michael Parkes who depicted strong, sensual, powerful women in their pieces. Since then, I’ve sought to bring my visions to reality and have been able to by collaborating with Louis Fleischauer on my costumes and visions.


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Sashi, live on Stage: Friday evening show, 28.05.2010!

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How did you fare since your German “adventures” two years ago?

While my career as a belly dancer has fared quite well since that time, my own person has fared even better since my experience with those promoters and the belly dance community who stepped up and organized a last minute tour to save what had fallen apart in the German part of our European tour continues to inspire my belief in the goodness of people and the love of the divine feminine that belly dance inspires in all of us. I carry that humility in me at all times and allow it to come through in my dance. I also carry the German belly dance scene in a very special place in my heart.

 

What kind of spooky workshops do you have in store for your German disciples in Hanover?

My disciples will not be disappointed in the upcoming workshops. Check out this line up!

May 27 2010: Building Posture for Dramatic Expression in Gothic Tribal.Drills for Body and Mind in Ascend Tribal. Prepare yourself for the ultimate test of strength, conditioning, technique and control!

May 28 2010: The Poser of Ascend Tribal Signature Moves: Expressive combinations a la Sashi. Learn the fundamental movements that create the powerful Ascend Tribal Dance Style!

May 29 2010: The Mind of Ascend Tribal: Signature Moves. Learn mind blowing sharp and strong movements and a short choreography to showcase the power of your dance!

May 30 2010 Master Class: The Dark Angel of Gothic Tribal. Captivating Stage Expression. The ultimate Gothic Input. In this intensive and powerful master class, you will learn preparation, exercises, technique, reverence and intent that will help you create your own Spirit of the Dance. Prepare to experience the most powerful journey of your dance life.

WORKSHOPS: Sashi (USA)

Do., 27.05.2010

Building Posture for Dramatic Expression in Gothic Tribal 8.15-10.00 p.m. IM/A
Drills for Body and Mind in Ascend Tribal

Prepare yourself for the ultimate test of strength, conditioning, technique and control! You will also learn drills intended for producing precise isolations, undulations and locks. Want more? You got it! You will also experience drills intended to strengthen the mind and body connection to aid with the memorization of choreography and fluidity of movement.

Fr., 28.05.2010

The Power of Ascend Tribal Signature Moves 5-7 p.m. IM/A

Learn the fundamental signature Ascend Tribal Moves and how to combine these slow and fast, sharp and soft moves to create dramatic and intense combinations. Ascend Signature moves are easily interchangeable and can be made to fit any music, tempo or storyline, you will walk away from this class with a limitless amount of combination and choreographic possibilities.

Sa., 29.05.2010

The Mind of Ascend Tribal/Signature Moves 12.30-2.30 p.m. IM/A

YOU will learn a series of unbelievably challenging but amazingly potent movements that will take your dance style beyond the next levels! Join us in our exquisitely pleasurable torture and walk away with a short choreography that will leave your audiences wanting more!

So., 30.05.2010

The Dark Angel of Gothic Tribal Attention: 12.30-3.30 p.m. A/M
Captivating Stage Expression/The Ultimate Gothic Input

In this intensive and powerful master class, you will learn the preparation, exercises, technique, reverence and intent that will help you create your own Spirit of the Dance. Extra dark combinations and choreography! Experience the most powerful journey of your dance life.

Registration: www.world-of-orient.de