Mysteries of the Red Tent
Where do I begin?
It was over 15 years ago when I first was inspired to drape my entire studio, walls, floors and windows in various shades of red flowing fabric. All the appetizers were carefully planned to reflect the mood of the evening as we drank red tea from a Moroccan inspired tea service. Two wonderful drummers Megan (Fairouza) and Jeff Chivetta played for the dancers in such a way to put us into a trance. I am not sure what possessed me to have a Zaar Ritual in a Red Tent but I do know that it was so overwhelmingly powerful it would be a long time before I was ready to host another one.
Recently I was inspired by the lifetime movie "The Red Tent " to host a Red Tent Night at the glorious Sangha Space Ballroom on one of our Goddess Nights .All the right elements conspired to give birth to this. The space, the great community of students, and the 40 red veils sitting in my belly dance closet were all calling forth this grand experiment. It was a challenge to transform the entire 2nd floor in just under 15 minutes but a wonderful team of volunteers were waiting just as the yoga class let out of the studio. It was a miracle! Shortly it was all together and we were all like kids transfixed by the magic of it all. Everyone had their phones out recording while I ran through the veils with total abandon. Soon it was time for our vegan potluck and show .
At showtime the balcony spotlight was turned on for our student performers. Meredith truly cast a spell over us with a slow, beautifully executed improvisational dance to music from the Orient which surprisingly worked perfectly. The voice of an angel took us all by surprise, Angela had us crying over the emotion and range of her two songs.
Goddess Nights are always special in every way . They are completely different than our weekly classes .They are like stepping into another time, another realm as we work with the root of all dance .it is truly a sacred experience and many students tell how Goddess Night has given them breakthroughs in their lives as well as their dancing . All that happens in the Red tent is the woman's world so workshops will reflect that. Last month after we created our sacred space we delved deep into our center's doing familiar moves in a whole new way .We work with the energy behind the dance as we tap deep into our consciousness as well as our bodies abilities. This month we will work on bringing light into the dark places with candle dancing inspired from India.