Look out, 2013! Here comes Baba Ghanoush!

Baba Ghanoush isn’t big on making resolutions, especially not the kind that get lost in an embarrassed tumble of excuses or life-as-usual.  We do, however, enjoy making lists and dreaming up future projects.  So while we’ve spent most of January welcoming in the New Year with music, dance, and friends, we’ve also been planning our adventures for 2013.  For starters, we’ve applied to some local festivals and haflas. We’ve been discussing what to choreograph next: a new drum solo, a sword dance, or perhaps a new candle dance?  There may even be a Delicious Duets workshop percolating.  Meanwhile, we will continue to develop our own dance techniques and personal styles in the coming year, and you can continue to see us solo once or twice a month at Kitchen of India in Parkville, Md.

What will 2013 hold?

A new veil dance? (Photo by Stereovision.)

A new veil dance? (Photo by Stereovision.)

Or perhaps some pink fluffy unicorns? (Photo by Triformis Photography.)

Or perhaps some pink fluffy unicorns? (Photo by Triformis Photography.)

Perhaps a fierce new sword dance.

Perhaps a fierce new sword dance. (Photo by Triformis Photography.)

Maybe a faerie festival or two.

Maybe a faerie festival or two. (Photo by Triformis Photography.)

If you’re hankering to see us in action sooner rather than later, check out our Upcoming Performances below.  In particular, we are very excited about Ishtar’s visit to Baltimore on March 2-3, 2013.  This will be a weekend of workshops and Ishtar performances including both open dancing and scheduled performers.  Amy Fae will be co-teaching a Theatrical Bellydance Workshop with Nina Amaya on March 3, and both Amy Fae and Alizarin will have solo performances with the band at the hafla later that day. Check out the Facebook event page for more information regarding the weekend’s events.

Upcoming Performances:

January 25, 7:00pm (Friday) – Java Hafla at Birdie’s Café in Westminster, Md.  Westminster’s monthly friendly, free hafla.  BG will likely be performing both duets and solos.

February 9, 5:00pm (Saturday)- Alizarin at Cupid’s Heart Hafla at Typhrodisia’s Bellydance and Beyond Studio in Severna Park, Md.

February 10, 7:00pm (Sunday) – Alizarin at Kitchen of India in Parkville, Md.

February 24, 7:00pm (Sunday) – Amy Fae at Kitchen of India in Parkville, Md.

March 3, 5:00 – 7:00pm (Sunday) – Hafla w/ Ishtar at Kitchen of India in Parkville, Md.  Amy Fae and Alizarin will each solo to live music.

March 17, 7:00pm (Sunday) – Alizarin at Kitchen of India in Parkville, Md. St. Patrick’s Day Special!

March 23, 1:28pm (Saturday) – Alizarin performs at Art of the Belly at The Carousel hotel in Ocean City, Md.

March 24, 7:00pm (Sunday) – Amy Fae at Kitchen of India in Parkville, Md.


BG’s Holiday List

In the midst of this tumultuous holiday season, Baba Ghanoush would like to take a moment to share some of the things we are grateful for in our dance lives.  So here is our list, not of what we wish for, but of what we’re so very thankful for:

  • A strong Baltimore dance community that maintains high standards of professional conduct and local dancers that are willing to share advice and experiences.
  • Our Aubergine troupe family of fun-loving, interesting, wise women of diverse life experiences.
  • Each other: Baba Ghanoush dance partners with compatible communication and working styles, and complimentary dance skills.
  • Local events like the Inappropriate Halfa, Dance Your Heart Out, the Java Hafla, Goblins & Gears.
  • Our duet sisters, Cypress, who helped us put on an amazing show while raising money for House of Ruth, Maryland.
  • Supportive significant others, parents, friends, and fans.
  • Glitter and sequins.  And more glitter.

Celebrate the season with us at our upcoming solo performances at Kitchen of India on Joppa Road in Parkville, MD:

December 30: “New Years Eve Eve” with triple headliners Nina Amaya, Alizarin, and Amy Fae, $20 buffet, 6:30

January 13: Alizarin

January 20: Amy Fae

More Baba Ghanoush performance dates to follow.  Until then, here’s the video of our October performance at Mariza’s Belly Dance Showcase:

Happy Autumn!

Baba Ghanoush welcomes the days of apple cider and pumpkin carving in the near future.  You can find us celebrating these crisp colorful days at a number of upcoming events:

Alizarin portrays the Autumn Faerie in Aubergine’s The Ugly Goblin at Artscape 2012. Photo by Seth Ramesh.

  • BG will appear in Mariza’s Belly Dance Showcase at Theater Project in Baltimore on October 5. We’re stepping out of our comfort zone and tackling a Suhaila Salimpour choreography for this one.  Other featured performers include Barakaat and Kallisti Tribal, and of course Mariza’s amazing student troupe, Lazuli!
  • Both Amy Fae and Alizarin will be featured at the Art of Belly Dance on Sunday evenings at the Kitchen of India.  Each Sunday, beginning October 14, a member of Aubergine will solo at this family friendly restaurant in Parkville.
  • Aubergine, parent troupe of Amy Fae & Alizarin, will be performing at the 2012 Multiple Sclerosis Fantasy Ball, Goblins & Gears II on October 27.  Get your favorite Steampunk or Faerie get-up on, and come support a great cause with us!

Gemini: Reflections

We’ve been a little busy recently – perhaps you heard?  Baba Ghanoush and our dear friends Cypress collaborated to bring you Gemini: A Showcase of Belly Dance Duets.  Featuring a selection of local professional and for-the-occasion duets, Gemini raised $1100 plus two laundry baskets of donation items for House of Ruth Maryland.

Cypress closes the show at Gemini: A Showcase of Belly Dance Duets (Photo courtesy of Pamela Rowlett)

For those of you who don’t know, House of Ruth is a nonprofit organization that supports women and children who’ve suffered from domestic abuse.  They do some amazing work in our area – please check out their website: http://www.hruth.org/.  (You can make online donations!)  To quote some of our promotional materials from Gemini:  “Baba Ghanoush and Cypress feel that the soulful art of belly dance has given each of us a gift of self awareness and autonomy over our bodies. House of Ruth helps women and children who are or have been victims of domestic abuse find or regain the same things.”

One of my greatest pleasures in dancing, besides the dance itself, is using belly dance as a medium to create good energy and positive change in the community.  Last year, BG participated in our mother troupe Aubergine’s show, Muppets & Monsters, benefiting Smiles & Dreams:  The Tohoku Kids Project. (We were “Pink Fluffy Unicorns Dancing on Raibows.”) The year before, we debuted as BG in Nina Amaya’s Disco Hafla Competition, benefiting wildlife clean-up from the BP oil spill in Louisiana.  (We danced to “It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls.)  Earlier this year, we were a part of Gypsy Fusion’s Dance Your Heart Out Hafla, benefitting the American Red Cross.  (Cypress was there too!)  We perform at countless other charitable events with Aubergine. In Gemini, we have now, with Cypress, successfully organized and run our very own event!

Baba Ghanoush - Gemini

Baba Ghanoush skirt-swishing at Gemini (Photo courtesy of Pamela Rowlett)

It’s a lot of work.  Quite a bit of stress.  Probably best NOT to schedule it the weekend after another major performance (oops).  But the payoff – the caring support of so many performers, volunteers, and audience members – is totally worth it.

(Photos courtesy of Pamela Rowlett Photography, Gemini’s official event photographer.   You can check out all the photos here.  Videos will be up soon.  If you have photos or video from the event that you’d like to share, please leave us a link in the comments!)

Gemini: A Showcase of Belly Dance Duets

Baba Ghanoush is very pleased to be collaborating with our friends Cypress Belly Dance in producing this event showcasing the art of the belly dance duet, and raising funds for House of Ruth Maryland.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Christian Temple
5820 Edmondson Ave at Academy Rd.
Catonsville, MD

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The Cause: Baba Ghanoush and Cypress feel that the soulful art of belly dance has given each of us a gift of self awareness and autonomy over our bodies. House of Ruth helps women and children who are or have been victims of domestic abuse find or regain the same things….

“The House Of Ruth Maryland is one of the nation’s leading domestic violence centers, helping thousands of battered women and their children find the safety and security that so many of us take for granted.” Please visit their website to learn more.

Admission: $15, or $10 with a donation item from the wish list.

Our Duets:

Char & Shahvei
Cyra Khurren & Hazine
Eye of Isis
Melissa Rae & Mira Leigh
Pamela & Joan
Short and Sweet
Verve Tribal

And, of course, your hosts: Baba Ghanoush and Cypress.

Our official event photographer will be Pamela Rowlett Photography.

Feel free to print and distribute your own copies of our event flyer.
Download the full page (8.5″ x 11″) version.
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