Interview: Sophie Alize

Bondi Bellydance, Sophie Alize dancing at Bondi Beach Sydney NSW australia, pic by andy solo

Sophie Alize, in Association with Tamarama Rock Surfers, presents Aether – A Belly Dance Spectacular at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre for one special performance on Sunday 7 October.

Aether, featuring Sydney’s top belly dancers, revolves around the four elements of the natural world – earth, wind, fire and water.

Producer, and one of the stars of the show, Sophie Alize, talks to us about Aether


How long have you been belly dancing?

I’ve been dancing my whole life, belly dancing for 12 years.


What do you love most about belly dancing?

I love entertaining people. I love it when you burst into a room and peoples eyes light up. I love the passion I have for the dance and for the music, the violins in Arabic music really lift me and move me by my heart strings. I love the freedom I feel when I’m dancing. The outpour of creativity and expression, the way it fills my whole being with love and purpose.


Is belly dancing a good way of keeping fit?

Yes it’s great exercise and a great expression of femininity.


The costumes are spectacular. Where do they come from?

Most of my costumes are from Egypt. There are designers worldwide that make costumes – Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, Egypt. I tend to have my costumes tailor made these days as you know the fit will be perfect and you can have input in the design.


Are there any places in Bondi where you can try belly dancing?

Rachel Bond of Inspire Bellydance teaches in Bondi Junction. She is fabulous as she teaches all the folkloric styles of Egyptian dance as well as the more popularly known cabaret style of bellydance.


Can you tell me a bit about Aether – A Belly Dance Spectacular?

The show came from the idea of balance. How does one achieve balance? How easily one can fall out of balance. I believe all artists struggle with balance. I know I do! To represent this idea I thought to use the four elements, earth, wind, water, fire. I invited Sydney’s top belly dancers to interpret the elements. The name of the show Aether means the heavenly sphere in Greek mythology. The idea being with all the elements in balance, Nivarna is achieved.


What do you think people will love most about the show?

This show has the WOW factor. You don’t have to be a dancer to appreciate it. There’s lots of colour, movement, special effects lighting, 19 dancers, 7 drummers, bubbles, glitter and fire!


Thanks Sophie! Sounds amazing… For more details on the show and to buy tickets head here.


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