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Join us on a journey that celebrates the blending of Eastern sounds and Oriental choreography with the grooves and tales of a Digital era
Featuring the tribal and fusion bellydance of Laura Entwined & The Svadisthana Project (Entwined Bellydance), the sitar-drenched beats of Sikander, and the electro-pop Bollywood vibes of The Fifths.
Laura Entwined & The Svadisthana Project (Entwined Bellydance)
Laura Entwined is an accomplished Melbourne-based bellydance teacher, choreographer and performer. Initially part of Tribal Bellydance Troupe Red Belly Black (2006-2012), she has been performing as a soloist since late 2009, and in 2013/14 established Entwined Bellydance, her own dance school and performance ensemble. Along with her various performance projects, including The Svadisthana Project, she has created dance performances for a numerous events and festivals locally, interstate and abroad including Woodford Folk Festival, Rainbow Serpent and many more. Laura Entwined, The Svadisthana Project, and students from Entwined Bellydance will present a variety of performances throughout the evening, opening with a live improvised blessing and procession to warm the floor, leading to a presentation of their colourful and hypnotic temple and classical Indian-inspired Svadisthana Project stage-shows.
Sikander are a Melbourne-based outfit blending elements of Global Bass music with live sitar, saxophone, and vocals into a groove-laden sonic spread. They are Pradip Sarkar aka Docta Deep on beats, samples and percussion, Jeremy Malcomson on electric sitar and guitar, and Nifty on sax, synthesizer, and vocals. The band has performed in venues around town, at markets, and in festivals, such as Tanglewood Music and Arts Festival, Rainbow Serpent, and Come Together. They describe their sound as "leftfield Bollywood meets the Arabian Nights in a Digital Age".
[(Dis) Orientalism challenges colonial notions of the East in Art, in a world where cultural artforms and practices travel with shifting ethnoscapes and mutate along the way. (Dis) Orientale Express is a club event that showcases such fluid hybridisations of music and choreography.]