KANDAKE Dance Theater For Social Change & Their Badass New Video

KANDAKE Dance Theater for Social Change is celebrating their 1st year as a troupe, and they’ve released this incredibly badass teaser video of their experimental belly dance performance piece(s), “Come Undone”. We’ve seen it first-hand, and it’s an intense thing to behold. Check it out for yourself:

Check their website for upcoming performances.

 

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The Kandake Tribal & Experimental Belly Dance Tribe New Website

We just want to put the word out—the Kandake, great friends of ours and gorgeous performers who we’ve shared many a festive dance floor with in the past, have their new website up and listings of upcoming shows. We can’t wait to work with them again!

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About:

The Kandake is a new dance-theatre collective that combines social activism and philanthropy with folkloric, modern, theatrical and experimental movement. 

The original Kandake were the queens of ancient Ethiopia, Sudan, and parts of Egypt who were the political, military, and spiritual leaders of their societies. 

The women of The Kandake aim to continue the legacy of their predecessors by being catalysts for social change, priestesses of a higher purpose, and field marshals ushering in a better world. Thus, a percentage of every Kandake-run show is donated to a humanitarian cause.

Interaction with the audience and storytelling is characteristic of our work. While some of what we do may be disturbing, absurdist, graphic, or “dark” our purpose is to rupture comfort zones, wake the unconscious, and inspire critical thinking. Just don’t fall into the habit of trying to find “meaning” in every show–sometimes we just want to dance!

If you are interested in booking The Kandake please contact us at KandakeDance@gmail.com

Check out their website and their facebook!

[BURDEL DALI PRESENTS] PROMO 2010

Friends, lovers, and enemies… we are thrilled to present our first promotional video – filmed & edited by Mishka.

This is the visual/audio manifestation of one amazing year – our friends, Burdel regulars, and the musicians wh0 inspire us are directly responsible and represented in the best way we could manage with the random footage we collected along the way. Please watch, enjoy, and pass along! OPA! ☆

[BURDEL DALI PRESENTS] PROMO 2010
Song: Zdob Si Zdub – Videli Noci

♪ → Raphlex (Arequipa, Peru)
♪ → DJ Mishto (Bucharest, Romania)
★→ Mishka (NYC)

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[BURDEL DALI PRESENTS] is a crazed celebration of world music, cross-cultural dance floor throw-downs, international dress codes, and trans-global festivity.

Spawned from the minds of gypsy-sympathizing, globe-trotting artists and music-lovers DJ Mishto (Bucharest, Romania) & Raphlex (Arequipa, Peru), the party began as a Thursday night free-for-all at Mehanata Bulgarian Bar in downtown NYC.

They became maestros of Balkan anthems, gypsy lamentations, and a formidable plethora of festive soundtracks from across the universe. Michelle Christina (Mishka) of TchaikovskyDarling.com became the party’s host in Summer 2009 and the three have taken their circus from the wooden walls of the Bulgarian bar to the basements of Bushwick, abandoned airport fields, and everywhere in between.

They represent the first sparkling, melodic hints of what is becoming the most exciting scene to hit New York/Global nightlife in years.

Bands Featured at [Burdel Dali Presents] have included the infamous Mames Babegenush (Denmark), the illustrious Kreptatka Bar Band (NJ, USA), and downtown NYC gypsy music staples like Outernational, BAD BUKA, and Avram Pengas.

The after party routinely features epic world-wide soundtracks that mix the anthems of fallen nations with modern day pop and jacked up dance, all adequately saturated with regional audacity and vibrations of artistic, musical, and emotional revolution.

Patrons of the Burdel dance to Bulgarian chalga, Russian gypsy folk songs, klezmer wedding marches, Hungarian lullabies, and Punjabi bhangra beats in the span of a few hours. This caravan of culture and festivity is branching out in Summer 2010 to bring a bit of gypsy flavor to whoever is willing to listen. For now you can find them every Thursday night at Mehanata Bulgarian Bar. 113 Ludlow in the LES.

Lastly, check out this sexy photo by Jói Kjartans via Dazed Digital. Familiar hat?! See more photos and the write-up here.

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Shake it like a beached mermaid: Burdel Dali in Resort Mode!

As belly dance makes a tribal comeback on the dollar-strewn floor of Mehanata and Burdel Dali broadcasts another deliciously saturated re-run of Devdas, anticipation grows for the best summer ever…

We’ve been busy with gypsy camp / gypsy festival plans, mixtape mixing, and hunting the perfect glass of sour lemonade in the LES. So far, Cake Shop wins. Many thanks to our hospitable, talented comrades for a wonderful weekend.

…bonus:

… Heads up for this week’s party flier!

Burdel Dali does GYPSY TABOR!

September 11 – 13th was a weekend of live music, chaos and fire-dancing, falling fences, mosquitoes, homemade rakia, long skirts, thin-walled tents, witch-trees, glass-drinking, and cultural appreciation.

It was worth the three hour journey of various vehicles, with dollar store pit-stops for plastic belts and lighter fluid, to finally have our terrified cab driver pull into the lot at Floyd Bennett Field. The New York Gypsy Tabor Festival was definitely a weekend we won’t forget (because…we took photos). Thanks Sasho!!

“Morning” & “Breakfast”…

See you next year at the Gypsy Tabor…!