Kennt ihr die alten Revuefilme mit Fred Astaire & Co.? Dann schaut euch die Bauchtanzauftritte in den Filmen der sogenannten Goldenen Ära noch mal an!
Badia Masabni gilt als die Erfinderin des Bauchtanzes als Bühnentanz und ich fand faszinierend, was ich im Netz über sie fand. Hier singt und tanzt sie selbst als Werbung für ihren Club:
Bei Princess Farhana fand ich folgendes über Badia und den Tanz in ihrem Club: „Tahiyya Karioca and Samia Gamal- and the entire style of dancing that exemplified The Golden Age-actually all had their roots in Cairo’s famous nightclub, The Casino Opera. Opened in 1926 by Lebanese-born dancer and impresario Badia Masabni, the Casino Opera was an oriental re-interpretation of upscale European cabarets. The Casino Opera catered to Cairo’s international “glitterati”- the afore-mentioned ex-patriots and intellectuals, and also visiting royalty, diplomats, military officers, and well-heeled tourists. With a show tailored for their global clientele, the club featured large orchestras, famous singers and comics, and also a spectacular floorshow with a chorus of dancing girls lead by Badia Masabni herself.
Many credit Masabni with re-imagining oriental dance, taking it out of its original form – earthy, folksy balady- and adding in Western elements to make her sophisticated audience happy. Some of her innovations include the use of veils, the formation of a dance chorus (as opposed to a single soloist), and changing traditional arm positions from simple and folkloric to elegant and ballet-like and/or very serpentine and stylized. She also changed the dancer’s center of balance, and made it higher by including movements of the upper torso. Because of the large performance area in the club, Masabni’s solo or duet dancers tended to cover a lot more space than their straight balady predecessors, who usually stood pretty much rooted to the spot, not traveling much. Masabni not only choreographed the dancers in her club, but she also hired others to choreograph her shows, like Isaac Dickson, whose Western stylizations had a lasting impact on the entire evolution of dance itself. She also worked a lot with master Egyptian choreographer Ibrahim Akef, whose oeuvre was definitely oriental, but flavored with a contemporary essence at times.
Another of Masabni’s modernizations was costuming her dancers in two-piece outfits in order to appeal to her European audience, as opposed to the simple, traditional floor-length dresses and hip sashes that had previously been conventional for Egyptian dance. Of course, this innovation translated fantastically onto the silver screen.“
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Mehr zu ihrer Person und Biografie gibt bei Gilded Serpent
Eine sehr ausführliche, wenn auch streckenweise überdramatisiert wirkende Biografie bei Shira: The Life of Badia Masabni
Einen Film mit Badia Masabni, in dem sie auch singt, gibt es auf YouTube in voller Länge