New PDF release: Before They Were Belly Dancers: European Accounts of Female

By Kathleen W. Fraser

ISBN-10: 0786494336

ISBN-13: 9780786494330

targeting Egypt in the course of the interval 1760 to 1870, this e-book fills in the various ancient blanks for a dance shape usually identified this day within the heart East as raqs sharki or raqs baladi, and in Western nations as “belly dance.” Eyewitness money owed written by way of eu tourists, the foremost fundamental resource for contemporary students, supply lots of the learn fabric. the writer shapes those a variety of money owed right into a coherent entire, offering an image of Egyptian girl entertainers of the interval as execs within the arts, instead of as a bunch of unnamed “ethnic” dancers and singers. research is given of the contexts of this dance—that used to be a valid appearing paintings shape in Egyptian society preferred through a large choice of audiences—with a spotlight on real performances—and a new edition of choreography.

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