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Suzanna Del Vecchio delivers performances to seven different songs by various artists such as Desert Wind and Light Rain.
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|Formats Available||NTSC, PAL, SECAM|
|Total Video Length||30:31|
|Performance Time||28:33 (94%)|
|Amount Of "Other"||1:58 minutes (6%)|
|List Price||$35.00 VHS tape version
$49.95 DVD version
|Cost Per Minute Of Performing Time||$1.23 VHS tape version
94 cents DVD version
|Cost For "Other"||$2.26 VHS tape version
$1.79 DVD version
In this sequel to Dances from the Heart, Suzanna Del Vecchio performs to a collection of seven different pieces of music. Her style as a performer is very much that of American-style belly dance. Her demeanor is very elegant and lifted, and she uses her limbs (especially arms) more than an Egyptian dancer would do. Suzanna demonstrates command of various isolations such as stomach rolls and flutters and uses them frequently in her performances.
The video opens with a segment called "Ancient Ritual". Using the song "Anahut" from Kairo by Night Volume 2, Suzanna does a Pharaonic-style dance outdoors among pillars that evoke images of ancient temples.
Two of the pieces use songs by Desert Wind, "Moon Goddess" and "Ecstasy". Desert Wind's music is New Age style, particularly featuring flutes and synthesizers. In "Moon Goddess," Suzanna uses a magnificent four-yard silk veil. She begins the piece with a half-minute sequence of continuous spinning, varying the way she holds the veil to create an ever-changing flow. A half minute might not sound very long, but try spinning that long yourself and you'll quickly appreciate the skill it takes to do it! The closing song, "Ecstasy", is based on the karsilama rhythm. It is filmed outdoors, in front of some of Colorado's spectacular scenery.
In "Oriental Suite" and "Passionate Balady",
Suzanna demonstrates that she is comfortable dancing to the orchestral
Egyptian music as performed by Daniel Derserkian. Although her
dance "accent" is definitely American, she responds
to the shifting rhythms and musical accents with confidence.
In both pieces, she wears elegant bedleh (costumes) that match
well with the Egyptian Oriental mood.
"Gypsy Spirit" is probably my favorite piece on this video. Suzanna performs a fusion of flamenco and belly dance to Ibrahim el Samahy's song "Amayaguena" from Moon Over Cairo Volume 3. Her dance incorporates many flamenco arm moves, creating a beautifully integrated result.
I love watching Suzanna perform in person, because her performances offer both technique and passion. The technique comes through on this video, but it doesn't capture the level of passion that I've seen in her live performances. Still, she has produced some interesting fusion pieces.
The production quality on this video is excellent. The images are sharp and clear, with excellent sound quality. A few special effects are used in ways that enhance the overall presentation. The camera angles vary, and always show what they should to highlight the dance. The credits at the end identify the song title, artist, and CD title for all music used on the video, and indicate where to get them.
If you'd like to read my reviews of other videos by Suzanna Del Vecchio, choose from the list below:
|I have spoken briefly with Suzanna when seeing her vending at dance festivals, and we have exchanged links to each other's web sites. However, we've never had an opportunity to become better acquainted. Suzanna sent me a complimentary copy of this video to review.|
Contact Suzanna Del Vecchio as follows:
P.O. Box 61383
Phone: (+1) (303) 399-2622
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