So. For the past couple of months, I've been travelling to north London to cook up a (dark and moody) duet choreography with the ridunkulously skilled Darkstar Dance. We met properly earlier this year at one of Hayaam's Bellydance Showcases in Piccadilly, and it was Hayaam's idea that we duet. So we did!
We came up with it pretty quick - this year I am finding duet choreographies so so much faster than solos to create (when you forget all the hours invested in chatting and tea drinking and video watching when you get together to create stuff or course) - and we were to perform it at Darkstar's show Dark Britannia on the 27th September, alongside all these dance ninjas from all over the world. Darkstar put us as the second to last act - right behind the Lady Fred herself! No pressure then.
The show was really great - I was so thrilled to see a bunch of my Cambridge students and their friends in the audience! - and it had great dark fusion performers from all over the UK and the world - Israel, New York, Denmark, Italy - who had flown in just to be a part of this show. I didn't see all of it, as because I was performing twice I spent a chunk of time backstage cramming in sandwiches and changing costume and spraying everything and everyone with glitter (which I have just discovered - genius. Though my boyfriend still has glitter on him and the show was three weeks ago), but what I did see was awesome. I think my favourite pieces were Elizabeth Zohar's vampire dance, cos as an avid True Blood fan I definitely have a thing about vampires, and her skills were immense, and Ginger Cupcake's tap dancing zombie apocalype was awesome too. I think a special mention has to go to Dud Murrmand, for her really awesome and creative piece, which was my partner's favourite.
I'm still crazy thrilled that I got to work with Darkstar on a project because, dude, she's another level of awesome, and really excited and surprised that she's so keen on working with me. We are working together on another project, the touring Aladdin theatre show, so bring it :D
Here are some pictures, because if there are no pictures, according to the internet, it didn't happen: