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    Default Comedy performances

    What is your opinion on it? Do you like it, or do you think dancers should stay away from it?

    I like it a lot, for example I think this one is very funny:
    http://www.sibel-nefa.de/pictures/ga...deo/comedy.htm
    But some people are offended by it (beginners mostly)

    Another one:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLD-WGCsXcE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amulya View Post
    What is your opinion on it? Do you like it, or do you think dancers should stay away from it?
    I think a little bit of comedy, or a full comedy Belly dance sequence would be rather nice to see, only if the Dancer gives a good performance, or it can go horribly wrong, actually i remember one video clip where the dancer was making mistakes deliberately to make things interesting, And i thought that was great,

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    You know, I don't know where I stand on this one.... I guess it could be alright, as long as it is made explicitly clear that it is a comedic performance. However, I gotta say that I don't think I've ever seen a comedic ballet performance.... (maybe people have done it; I just am not aware of any). In a professional show, it might make the dancers look, um, unprofessional or even portray the dance as something not to be taken to seriously. However, a comedic performance might be great at a student hafla, where a little lightheartedness can be interjected without negative consequences....

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    I agree with Michelle, It should be said at the baginig that it is comedian performance. It is good to laught at yourself but it is a briliantnes to show how good dancer you are at the sametime. It remaided me of Dondi performance from on of the Bellydance superstars dvd's. That was funy. Love,Alaya

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    I agree with Alaya and Michelle...if it's said clearly that it is a comedian performance...why not? It could be nice and funny.
    Howewer I think that it shoud be done by real bellydancers...so it's clear it's only for fun!

    But in My country...I don't know... it could be a bit damaging the work that many teachers and dancers are doing to let know real bellydance by general audience! I don't clearly know how is bellydance seen in other countries but in Italy still lacks a real "bellydance culture" and many people still think bellydance is not a dance to be taken seriously... so a comedian performance could be misunderstood! But if it's done by and for dancers...I think it could be nice and entertaining!

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    straight to the point......Didn't like the first one, I liked the second one !! It put a smile on my face after a long hard day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michelle View Post
    However, I gotta say that I don't think I've ever seen a comedic ballet performance.... (maybe people have done it; I just am not aware of any).
    There is comedy in ballet! La Fille Mal Gardee (including the clog dance. And chickens), Cinderella has comedy ugly sisters... I'm sure there are loads more.

    As for comedy bellydance... I can see why beginners might not like the first clip but I'm one, more or less, and I can see myself in it and laugh (and learn... get your head UP girl!). Presumably it was for a mainly dancer/student/friends audience because it's only funny if you know what it is on about. For a general public audience its just 3 obviously not very good dancers... not funny, where's the joke?

    For a non-BD audience I think the "rules" for comedy belly dance should be the same as for straight belly dance - do it well. And a comedy performance shouldn't stand alone as the sole representation of what belly dance is, because that might give the audience the wrong impression. But what's not to smile at with Dondi's Marilyn? Introducing humour is not going to make anyone take the dance form any less seriously - in fact it might make it more accessible (back to the ballet... La Fille Mal Gardee is really accessible ballet). As long as it isn't unskilled performers going ooh look at us wobbling around aren't bellydancers funny.

    What I definitely don't agree with is being told beforehand that it's a comedy number! Aaaargh!!! If you can't make it clear to the audience that it is meant to be funny or a bit tongue-in-cheek I don't think you should be doing it. Like all those awful impressionists on telly who have to go "Hi, _______ here" (insert name of well known celebrity)... you shouldn't have to tell me!

    That's my 10 cents worth for tonight - goodnight ladies (and gents!)

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    I think just about all dance forms can have some sort of comedic element.

    The ballet Coppelia can be very funny, and there is a bellydancer named Laylia in Ohio that is known for her brilliant comedy during her performances at the Ohio Rennaissance Faire.

    I think there is a time and place for it, but most importantly comedy is difficult to pull off, even for actors. So I would think that the dancer would have to be talented and know exactly what he/she is doing. Other than that, I this comedy in bellydance can be very fun, and I even think that some people may appreciate even more, since most people think this dance is for seduction purposes. I think people would appreciate the dance also, because they'll know that the dancers can laugh at themselves, this can make people feel comfortable with the dance itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gypsyroze View Post

    I think there is a time and place for it, but most importantly comedy is difficult to pull off, even for actors. So I would think that the dancer would have to be talented and know exactly what he/she is doing.
    Hit the nail on the head!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aniseteph View Post
    But what's not to smile at with Dondi's Marilyn?
    Indeed I thought it was great, but a friend of mine took offence. So it is impossible to please all audiences.

    I just wanted to add: comedy belly dance for belly dance audience, not for general audience of course, they won't get it.

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