Performance smooth as silk


Phynia Anastas, Grace Chen, Michelle Ridsdale and Yamina Hofer-Boase (sitting front) are all taking part in the theatrical production Journey Along the Silk Road. Picture: Marie Nirme                d448550
Phynia Anastas, Grace Chen, Michelle Ridsdale and Yamina Hofer-Boase (sitting front) are all taking part in the theatrical production Journey Along the Silk Road. Picture: Marie Nirme                d448550

The Australian premiere of Journey Along the Silk Road will include 20 Australian and international bellydancers in a show about a Chinese princess looking for the ingredients that will cure her dying mother.

Taking part in the production are North Fremantle’s Phynia Anastas and Yamina Hofer-Boase.

They join Melville-based organiser Michelle Ridsdale, dancers from Australia and the New York dance company Bellyqueen.

Anastas described herself as being “a bit of a dag with tomboy tendencies” but she loved how bellydancing allowed her to express her femininity.

“Like a classic rock ’n’ roll song, the musical nuances and the light and shade in Middle Eastern music is captivating to me,” she said.

“I try to then translate these nuances to my audience through movement.

“When the show was announced, I think every bellydancer in Australia signed up to be a part of this unique experience.”

Hofer-Boase said the show was going to be sensational.

“Most people don’t know much about bellydancing and how this dance can be staged for theatre,” she said.

“This show will be very different from restaurant bellydancing.”

“The costumes look fantastic, the staging too, the music sounds fabulous and the cast is simply phenomenal.”