a video of Sema.
SEMA YILDIZ - DANCING STAR OF ISTANBUL
An Eva Cernik Production
This is unusual videotape, which
was designed with the true aficionado of Turkish Cabaret in mind. Sema
is a beautiful dancer who utilizes many of the steps and arm postures and
a few of the gestures predominant in Turkish Rromani dance, especially
pelvic tilts and thrusts that are her trademark. You won't believe what
she can do with her fanny; it's absolutely fascinating. The first four
sets are all on stage live to a well-known recording of the old classic
Aziza. These sets comprise the first 40 or so minutes of the video.
1. In all four of these sets Sema
wears a similar costume. In this set she wears a very light colored skirt,
the material of which is rather stiff and tucked into her belt to create
large hip flounces, accentuating her large pelvic movements. A smallish
beaded bra, beaded and fringed belt, opera gloves and a veil accompany
this. These sets are difficult to see as far as video quality goes, but
viewing improves with each successive set. Sema begins with a standard
veil entrance but quickly transitions into more aggressive dancing. She
does some excellent floorwork during the oud taxim and wait till you see
those famous fanny tilts executed during her floorwork! Don't try this
at home boys and girls; remember she is a professional.
2. This set is slightly easier to
see but edited to the oud taxim and don't forget it's Aziza again. As you
can tell from viewing this second set that Sema doesn't rely on strict
choreography, although certain movements in the music evoke certain dance
moves in response. She does one skirt trick here that I just love. Somehow
she kick her skirt up and over one arm which I find very flirtatious, not
to mention acrobatic.
3. Aziza again, this time Sema is
wearing a silver and white costume with a veil attached to a crown like
headpiece. Both of which she removes after a standard Turkish Cabaret entrance.
The video quality is improving and the only thing which I feel is missing
4. This is the last Aziza set and
Sema is wearing a nice bright red costume, including the crown/veil. This
is by far the easiest to see, but I'm very hard pressed to pick a favorite
from among these four. Although danced to the same music each set is unique
and indicative of good Turkish Cabaret style dance.
5. This set is my favorite on the
entire tape because here Sema really cuts loose with some rollicking good
Turkish Rromani style dance, and finally some ziling. This is Tzigane dance,
danced to Tzigane music and it's what I live for. Sema is performing in
front of a really tight and smoking, live band, with whom she easily interacts.
Her costume is a sexy bright red fringed skirt and matching bra and belt
which reminds me of something Tulay Karaca would wear. No stage here, Sema
is right in front of her audience which at first appears to be comprised
of children, but eventually the camera pans back and we can see how much
the adults are enjoying this beautiful dancer with the irresistible personality
and unstoppable hips. I just wish the videographer understood that Sema's
dancing needs no special effects.
6. This is the last set on the video
and the most intimate. Eva may well have filmed this herself, in what might
appear to be Sema's living room. Sema performs an entire set in full costume
for the camera and the small audience on the couch. Here we finally get
a close view of Sema's hip and floorwork. Well not as close as the lucky
group on the couch. I enjoyed this video and now that I am familiar with
her work, I long to go to Turkey to study with this exciting and proficient
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