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Being Fifi, again

I'm just in from Arabesque Nights, Vintage Night, where I was reprising my Fifi Abdo act. I used the new white sparkly galabeya from Hannan, which isn't absolutely Fifi-ish, as the collar isn't her usual stand up collar, but is close enough, I'm doing an impersonation not a slavish carbon copy, and I did La La, by Omda. And I brought the Big Pink Fouffe out of retirement for a rendition of Lissa Fakr.

I was trying really hard to be Fifi rather than me. It's really quite difficult. It needs a lot more thought. Oobviously I find being *me* quite easy and it doesn't require a great deal of brainwork. Fortunately, I'd been teaching my Stars of the Seventies workshop at the weekend, and all the Fifi stuff was fresh in my mind. A couple of people were kind enough to say that watching me had been like watching Fifi, so I must have been doing something right, though I found that I was sneaking in extra stuff, becausce it's all very well for Fifi to do bugger all and still be a megastar, but I don't have the charisma that she does, and if I do bugger all, even when I'm impersonating her, it just looks like I'm doing bugger all.

Some nice acts- Alyah was doing Suhair and really did look the part. Shakira did a Samia Gamal Raqset Kahramana, and Eve Shade did a Nagua Fouad inspired piece, using this music and costume idea, which was brilliantly done! Kassandra did a Tamra Henna, and Louise did a Fifi baladi, but I didn't get to see those because I was changing, but I'm sure they were fine. And even those who weren't impersonating or being inspired by vintage Egyptian dancers made an effort to go vintage within their own styles- Eva did a very old-school Sufi Mevlevi style dervish, with old music, and Catherine did a Tribal Fusion piece to Cry me a river, with a very 30s style costume. So all in all, quite a lot of people put in a lot of effort to meet the theme.

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diva_c
May. 3rd, 2013 10:11 am (UTC)
I love that Nagwa Fouad costume. Glad it was a good night
suzycat
May. 4th, 2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
Kashmir was Fifi for the night at my event and has written about how surprisingly strange and difficult it was. I think these are useful and cool exercises!
beafarhana
May. 4th, 2013 11:34 pm (UTC)
I read her post, and she's right, it *is* difficult, because there's a whole extra layer of performance skill you're having to use and not make it show.

I don't particularly want to be someone else than MEEEEEEEE when I dance!
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