Top bellydancers to shake up audiences


Yamina Hofer-Boase and Phynia Anastas. Picture: Marie Nirme                         d448550
Yamina Hofer-Boase and Phynia Anastas. 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 dancers from Australia and the New York dance company Bellyqueen.

Ms Anastas said she would describe 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.”

Ms 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,” she said.

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

Journey along the Silk Road

Where: Subiaco Arts Centre

When: 7pm January 29, 3pm and 7pm January 30

Tickets: www.fringeworld.com.au

Where: Mandurah Arts Centre

When: 4pm January 31

Tickets: www.manpac.com.au