January 30, 2007

Updates on the 40 Days and 1001 Nights Project

"40 Days and 1001 Nights" is a multifold project, that now includes:
The completed documentary film, "40 Days and 1001 Nights",  available now.
This is a visual and musical journey through Indonesia, Egypt's Siwa Oasis, Zanzibar, Jordan and the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of China. ($50)
DVD of the dance concert "40 Days and 1001 Nights", Dancing Across the Lines", Ms. Dallal's finest production to date, starring Tamalyn Dallal, Amar Gamal, Bozenka, Kaeshi, Bellyqueen, Hanan, Montseratte, Francesca, Alexandra, and a cast of over 30 dancers. During her travels, Tamalyn Dallal sent music and costumes, as well as descriptions of her experiences back to the above dancers in Miami Beach, New York, Buenos Aires and Massachussets, received backing from the city of Miami Beach and Miami Dade County Cultural Affairs Council, and commenced the long distance music and dance collaboration that spanned five continents in which dancers in this show would perform to pieces from Zanzibar, Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Egypt, Xinjiang, and Jordan, then the DVD would be sent to musicians and dance teachers in their land of origin so they could see how their music reaches the American people via dance.
This DVD is available now! ($50)
Music CD
"40 Days and 1001 Nights, Bellydance Music for Tamalyn Dallal" was produced as a collaboration with the Ikhwani Safaa Musical Club of Zanzibar, Africa's oldest band, founded in 1905. This utilizes musical techniques rarely found today, and is quite classical and complex. Instead of getting tired of the music, it gets better and more interesting every time you listen. This is the music used in the first half of the show "Dancing Across the Lines".($18)
The book, "40 Days and 1001 Nights" will be available this spring- keep posted on it's progress.
Also, the new website www.40daysand1001nights is under construction, complete with beautiful photography!
Ten percent of all proceeds from the book and DVD sales are going into the "1001 Nights Fund", to help grass roots projects in the countries she has visited. First recipient, for the month of January: Kamileh's Breast Cancer Project, helping diagnose and prevent breast cancer in Egypt. After that, stay tuned for more info on how this fund will add to the beautiful music of Zanzibar!

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