Suhaila Salimpour Presents Enta Omri
San Francisco, California. Aug 3-4th, 2013, Suhaila Dance Company will premier
â€œEnta Omriâ€ at the Southside Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Blvd &
Buchanan Street, Saturday August 3rd at 8:00 pm and Sunday August 4th at 3:00 pm.
Los Angeles, CA, July 16, 2013 -- A milestone in the art of belly dance. Choreographed
by Suhaila Salimpour and performed by the Suhaila Dance Company, this full-length
production presents the modern evolution of belly dance with vibrant choreography, rich
Arabic music, and the passion of highly skilled dancers.
Enta Omri translates to â€œYou are my life.â€ The beautiful poetry of the Arabic world
and themes of love and lost converge in this creative vision. Suhaila Dance Company
takes the audience on a journey down a womanâ€™s road to wisdom earned through her
experiences in love. Sometimes mischievous, playful, and tender, other times brutal,
lonely and lost, the dancers navigate this emotional landscape with the highest level of
technical virtuosity and artistic sensitivity.
This new work will also feature a soundtrack that is a collaboration between musical
producers Suhaila Salimpour and renowned tabla master Ziad Islambouli and was
recorded by the top musicians in Lebanon. The particular pieces in this performance were
carefully selected for their significance to Arabic culture, music, and dance.
The storyâ€™s powerful music combined with elegant costumes designed by Costume
Designer Julianna Aberle-Mcclellan and Suhaila Salimpour, and breathtaking lighting by
Lighting Designer Patty-Ann Farrell, creates a sensual atmosphere with in which the all
female cast sculpted into exquisite gestures and energetic expressions capture the essence
of Mrs. Salimpourâ€™s renowned choreographic mastery.
About Suhaila Salimpour: Suhaila Salimpour is a master choreographer, performer, and
teacher. Suhailaâ€™s mother, Pioneer Dancer and Instructor Jamila Salimpour began
teaching her unique method with detailed breakdowns and standard terminology for
movement in 1949. Jamilaâ€™s original phrases and names for dance movements such
as Turkish Drop, Maya, and Basic Egyptian were the beginning of a long process to add
structure and definition to the art. For her contribution to the art of dance Jamila received
the prestigious Isadora Duncan Award as a Sustained Achievement Honoree in 2013.
Suhaila began her dance training at the young age of 2 and teaching at 14. In addition to
training with her mother, Suhaila studied ballet, jazz, and tap from an early age, and soon
added modern and hip-hop to her repertoire. Through her years of being professional
performer and master instructor, Suhaila realized the necessity to create an organized
system for teaching and training in belly dance. Rather than trying to integrate Middle
Eastern Dance with Ballet or Jazz, Suhaila used the training methodology she
experienced in her classical dance studies to preserve the quality and longevity of belly
dance as an art form.
About Suhaila Dance Company: The Suhaila Dance Company has been bringing
artistically vibrant work to audiences since 1996. The Suhaila Dance Company was
created out of a need for an organized presentation of classic Middle Eastern dance. The
Companyâ€™s repertoire has grown to include folkloric, fusion, and classic belly dance
pieces presented with the highest level of training. All company members are also part of
Bal Anat, a folkloric belly dance group originally formed in 1968 by Jamila Salimpour
and directed by Suhaila Salimpour since 1999.
About Ziad Islambouli: Ziad Islambouli is a drummer, instructor, producer, and composer
of Middle Eastern music and rhythms. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Ziad became fascinated
with drumming as a very young child. By the age of five, he was displaying an amazing
rhythmic talent. By the age of twelve, Ziad was performing for thousands, suitably
becoming known as the miracle drummer. Backed by his growing popularity and newly
formed band, he became sought after by famous singers and dancers such as Wadih
Elsafi and Nadia Gamal. In the United States, Ziad is the most requested Middle Eastern
drummer by top singers, musicians and dancers. Ziad has produced numerous Middle
Eastern music albums in collaboration with Suhaila Salimpour.
About Patty-Ann Farrell: Patty Ann Farrell is a seasoned craftswoman in the field of
stage lighting. With nearly forty years of experience, she is affectionately known in the
San Francisco Bay Area as the â€œMother of Lightingâ€. She has designed for a
myriad of theatrical stages, concerts, artistic projects, and alternative venues. She has
created for the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Black Choreographers Festival, San
Francisco Hip Hop Festival, and numerous others. Her work has been recognized by
prestigious awards including four Isadora Duncan Awards for Lighting Design.
Calendar Editors Please Note:
Suhaila Dance Company presents Enta Omri
Where: Southside Theater, Fort Mason Center: Marina Blvd & Buchanan Street San
Francisco, CA 94123
When: Saturday, August 3, 8pm Sunday, August 4, 3pm
Tickets are available now at http://m.bpt.me/event/357926 or call (510) 527-2400 For
more information about Suhaila Dance Company, please visit
Contact: Suhaila Salimpour Suhaila International, LLC Albany, CA (510) 527-2400