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Each artist has their own perceptions, ideas, notions, feelings and thoughts on this vast subject matter...
A History: As Told by DJ Amar
IN THE BEGINNING
It started with a blue haired girl from DC, a DJ, a drummer and a
couple of the bay area's proponents of the Gothic Belly Dance scene.
In the summer of '06, shortly after meeting Mavi at a Tribal Belly
Dance festival, Amar saw a post on tribe and received an email from
said blue haired girl about coming to California that November and
wondering if there were any shows around that time that she could go
to. Both Amar and Tempest replied and began discussing putting
together a 'little' show in Oakland. Amar emailed a rather large group
of dancers, figuring maybe 20-30% would be available and say yes.
Oops! It turned out Every Single dancer he contacted said yes, and we
had a potential show that was too big for the original little dive bar
show we had in mind.
Later that summer, on a trip to Portland, Amar and Ariellah met at a
dark fusion belly dance show that they were both performing at.
Shortly after returning, Tempest mentioned bringing Ariellah in to put
on the show together. How could That be a bad idea? Ariellah
graciously agreed. We added Sooozhyq to the production team and began
planning the show, booked the Oakland Metro and came up with the title
The first Show was a sold out success and an amazing night. We decided
to do another the following year, which was just as amazing with
completely new performances that were out of this world. 2007 added
workshops and vendors to the mix. 2008 kicked it up another notch with
a spectacular new venue, 2 rooms, theater shows and sideshows,
midnight gallery, fire, an elixer bar and more. Ariellah and Amar
produced Shadowdance 2008 together at Orbis Nex.
After 3 years of pouring their hearts into these spectacular shows,
Ariellah and Amar's schedules called for a break to focus on touring
and other creative projects, as well as Ariellah's marriage to Bruce.
In 2010, Ariellah takes the reigns and brings back Shadowdance bigger
and DARKER than ever.
created and co-produced by DJ Amar, Ariellah, Sooozhyq & Tempest
Performers: Mavi, Shawna Rai, Unmata, Zoe Jakes, Frederique,
Clandestine, Tanja Odzak, Ariellah, Tempest
DJ Amar with Sooozhyq, Kush Arora, DJ Layla, Mara Ann & DJ Traffic
Zen Mystic on lighting & visuals, Cindy as stage manager, Photography
by Brad Dosland
Co-produced by Ariellah, Amar, Freyja & Sooozhyq
Performers: Unmata, Romka, Sashi, Mitara, Ariellah, Freyja, Aixela,
Lapsus, Anaar, Erebus Lavoie, Electric Vardo Live with DJ Amar + Haven
on Trapeze, Auberon, Mavi, Cera & Sooozhyq
DJ Amar, DJ Decay, MC Badger, Cliff Tune on visuals, Little Boy Blue
as Stage Manager, Photography by Brad Dosland
Co-produced by Ariellah & Amar
Performers: SHARON KIHARA, SAMANTHA RIGGS with JOSEPHINE, ARIELLAH,
FREDERIQUE, MIRA BETZ, VORONA, FREYJA, AMAR, AUBERON, MITARA, SINA of
Desert Sin, SA'ELAYSSA & Elysium Dance Theater, SUPER KATE, ALYSSUM
POHL, CoRE, AIXELA, ANAAR, SHAHLAH SUTRA, NISHA, JENNIFER FAUST,
PERILIUM, DESHRET DANCE COMPANY, Electric Vardo Live with
blackhoodygrrl & Surprise Guests (Auberon, Mitara, Mira Betz, Vorona,
Frederique, Freyja, Samantha Riggs & Josephine)
DJ Amar, DJ Decay, Little Boy Blue as stage manager, Video by Miranda
Mar, photography by Brad Doslansd
Ariellah gets married
Co-produced by Ariellah & Bruce
Performers: Ariellah & Bruce
Produced by Ariellah
Performers: Black HoodyGirl, Anaar, Soriah, Obsidia, Natalie Nayun, Lisa Hyde, Tanja Odzak, Crystal Silmi, Diva and the Dancer, Suhaila Salimpour Dance Company, Cirkus of Eternal Night, Folley's Fable Puppets, Nagasita, Deshret Dance Company, Eerie De Scent, Jill Parker, Aixela, Fat Chance Belly Dance, Kamille, Jodi Waseca, Nisha, and DJ Melting Girl and DJ Decay...
See our performer line up HERE.