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Into The Mix

Posted on May 26, 2011

web_rehearsal1On May 29, The Warehouse, on London’s Theed Street, will witness an unusual collaboration between a contemporary classical music ensemble, Sounds Positive, and two belly dancers. The concert will feature new compositions by composers Avril Anderson and David Sutton Anderson for professional belly dancers Charlotte Desorgher and Itziar Ortiz de Landazuri.

The idea behind the collaboration came about when Avril and David discovered that, in Egyptian style belly dance, the dancer tries to show the audience what happens in the music through her body. The various instruments are described with different parts of the body and musical ideas are highlighted and brought to the audience’s attention much as a conductor might do with an orchestra.

The composers, who work extensively with dancers and choreographers at the Royal Ballet and London Contemporary Dance School were fascinated with the concept.

Avril Anderson says: “We are very used to working with dancers, but to see how the belly dancers translate our music through their bodies is very powerful, and I’ve been struck by what a beautiful art form belly dance is – quite different from its reputation as something rather sleazy, performed in restaurants.”

For the dancers, the Into The Mix concerts are an exciting first. Charlotte says: “I’m absolutely thrilled with the music Avril and David have created for us. It feels absolutely right in our bodies and I can’t wait to show a contemporary music audience how a dancer can bring an added dimension and depth to their experience of music.”

For more information, contact info@soundspositive.org or call 020 8349 2317. Tickets: £8 (conc £5) for evening concert; pre-concert event is free. 

For Sounds Positive, see www.soundspositive.org

For Hipsinc bellydance, see www.hipsinc.com

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Now acting editor of Discover Britain magazine, she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success.

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