Contemporary Dance

Pushing the Boundaries

Laura/Amara for over 20 years has been a leader in Experimental, Intercultural & Contemporary Middle Eastern dance. Amara is able to re-stage them for soloists and dance companies. She is also available for commissions.

If you would like to book her, please Contact her.

Solos

Shifting Lines / Shifted

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2021

Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Presented in March Dance Sydney at Critical Path. Supported by March Dance Sydney, Critical Path, Create NSW, Australia Council for the Arts.

Shifting Lines | Site Specific & Theater

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2019

Available for site-specific and theatre performances with flexible length (7-50 mins).

Shifting Lines interweaves dance, lighting, music and film with space. The voices ebb and flow into hauntingly beautiful abstract impressions. Provocations based in rhizome theory, obscure and transform the materiality and immateriality of a human form by conflating shadow and the body, maintaining, multiplying and fragmentating the One and moving fluid centers and edges.

Shifting Lines, an inter-cultural solo dance (contemporary belly dance), is an interdisciplinary collaborative work. As a site-specific/gallery piece, it is influenced by and adapts to the space.

Artists:

  • Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler – Choreographer/Dancer
  • Paul Osborne – Lighting Designer
  • Cassie To – Composer
  • Lux Eterna – Videographer

Presented:
Shifting Lines – Site Specific @BrandX & TWT Creative Precincts St Leonards as a part of Art Monthly in Sydney & March Dance Sydney (2019)
Shifting Lines – Segments @The Austin Belly Dance Convention (2018)
Commissioned by BrandX and TWT Creative Precinct and has been supported by AusDance NSW, Australian College of Physical Education, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Critical Path. A part of March Dance, City of Sydney and Arts Month Sydney

Shifting Lines | Segments

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2019

Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Presented at the Austin Belly Dance Convention

Arab Trap Dance

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2018

Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Presented: On the Cusp, Sydney & The Austin Belly Dance Convention

Ellie Mae's Trap

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2016

Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Presented at the Austin Belly Dance Convention

Supported by Critical Path’s Responsive Program: Open Studio

The Siren

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Losing her way in the forest, Narcisa hears a hauntingly beautiful echo…


Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Presented at an Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance

The Sirens

Tribal Fusion Askew

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This new American belly dance genre is pushed and pulled into modern angles and positions with hints of insect expressions.


Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Music Engineer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Music: “Reptile’ by Nine Inch Nails from “The Downward Spiral;” “The Space in Between” by How to Destroy Angels from “How to Destroy Angels;” “Deep Playa” from “Arcana,” “Byond I” from “Tribal Matrix,” and “Faqir” by Jef Stott; “Militance Prom” by Idiot Pilot from “Strange We Should Meet Here;” “Amnzero” by Kidneythieves from “Zerospace;” and “Download” by Skinny Puppy from “Last Rights”

Presented at an Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance

Minara

 

A tranquil fusion of ballet and Middle Eastern dance.


2008
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Music: “Minara” by Niyaz
Presented: An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance, Los Angeles (2008); Tribal Dance/Fusion Dance Festival, CA (2008)

Terpsichore

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Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Presented at an Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance

Falling for Echo

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Losing her way in the forest, Narcisa hears a hauntingly beautiful echo…


2007
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Presented: Dance in the Desert Festival, Valencia (2007); An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance. Los Angeles (2007)

On the Wrong Side of Nowhere

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Shedding layers to reach a place of tranquility.


2006

Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Presented: An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance, Los Angeles (2006); X-MED, Los Angeles (2006)

Twilight

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In-between life and death.


Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Music Engineer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Music: “In this Twilight” by Nine Inch Nails from Year Zero

Presented at an Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance

The Story of Laurel

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Daphne, a wood nymph turns into a Laurel tree by her father in order to avoid the pursuing Apollo. She awakens only to re-live over and over the events which have lead her to an inescapable prison.


Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Presented: An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance, Los Angeles (2003)

The Jelly

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Connecting the jellyfish’s movements with the undulations of Middle Eastern dance.


2000

Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Presented: An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance, Los Angeles (2000)

The Lighthouse of Alexandria

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2000

Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Presented: An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance (2001)

Instant Review

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A traditional Egyptian Folk dancer explores her relationship with the audience.


1999

Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Presented: Cafe Beledy (1999) & An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance (2001)

Duets & Trios

Zefira Torna, Zephyr (The West Wind That Brings Spring) Returns

Amara Dances & Ya Helewa! Zefira Torna

Two young fellows go out into the world looking for love. A fusion of Baroque, Persian and belly dance.


2013

Performers: 2

Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler

Music: “Zefiro Torna” by Claudio Monteverdi from “Monteverdi: Madrigali Concertati”
Presented at an Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance

Transference

 

A couple deals with depression by transferring and diffusing the pain between one another.


2004
Performers: 2
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler with Elayssa
Presented: An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance, Los Angeles (2004)

Hole in the Willow

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A woman struggles to maintain strength and her identity when confronted by the deceitful spirits of her past love.


Performers: 3
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Presented: Cafe Beledy, Los Angeles (2002); An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance, Los Angeles (2002); One Enchanted Evening, San Diego (2002); Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade (2006)

Ditma

Amara Dances & Ya Helewa! Ditma

Explores an uncommon facet in Middle East dance – feeling a bit abstract, awkward, and uncomfortable.


2001

Performers: 3

Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler

Presented: An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance, Los Angeles (2001);  X-MED, Los Angeles (2006); X-MED Austin (2013)

Company

Warm Fuzzies

Amara Dances & Ya Helewa! Warm Fuzzies

Once upon a time, happy and good people lived in a land of plenty. That is, until Greed came to dwell amongst them…


Performers: 11
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler with additions by the Ya Helewa!
Costume concept: Amara with Tatianna
Costume construction: Tatianna
Props: The Barbarian Toyshop
Music Engineer: Amara
Music: “Steel Bird” and “Aurora’s Flight” by Ekova from Space Lullabies, “The Berber Of Seville” by Bombay Dub Orchestra from Oriental Garden Vol4, “Sobek on the Prowl” by Natacha Atlas from Foretold In The Language Of Dreams, “Temoine” by Ekova from Soft Breeze & Tsunami Breaks, “Yelele” by Studio Pagol from Oriental Garden Vol4, “Bi’eynak” by Nawal Al Zoghbi from Oriental Garden Vol4, “Siko Horepse” by Irini Merkouri from Oriental Garden Vol4
Presented at an Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance

Inverse

Amara Dances & Ya Helewa! Inverse 

Duncanesque, Banat el-beledi, and Saidi dance styles are used to demonstrate the oppression women place upon each other.


Performers: 6+
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Presented at an Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance

Structured Improvisation #2

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Using pre-set rules and spontaneous interconnectivity to move as a unit without being the Same in an exploration of space, music, and movement


2007
Performers: 5+
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler with additions by the Ya Helewa!
Performed: An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance, Los Angeles (2007); Tribal Dance/Fusion Dance Festival, CA (2007)

Thirsty

Amara Dances & Ya Helewa! Thirsty


2006
Performers: 7
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler with additions by the Ya Helewa!
Presented: An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance, Los Angeles (2006)

Unknown

Amara Dances & Ya Helewa! Unknown

An expression of the horror and chaos of mass destruction.


2005
Performers: 9+
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler with Ya Helewa! Dance Company
Presented: An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance, Los Angeles (2005)

Part 1 & Part 2

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Five slightly off kiltered characters follow shared movement sequences with their own set of rules.


2004
Performers: 5
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler with Ya Helewa! Dance Company
Presented: IAMED’s Belly Dance Rocks!, Los Angeles (2004); An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance, Los Angeles (2004)

Plan 9

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A dark comedy inspired by Ed Wood’s sci-fi genre, which combines the macabre with twisted elements of Middle Eastern dance.


2003
Performers: 7
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Presented: An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance, Los Angeles (2003); Dance Macabre, Los Angeles (2004); Rakkasah, San Franscisco (2006)

Even

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Trajectories through the encounter of the varying always already there.


2002
Performers: 4+
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Presented: An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance (2002)

Reverse

Amara Dances & Ya Helewa! Inverse 


2002
Performers: 4+
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Presented: An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance, Los Angeles (2002); Cairo Carnivale , Los Angeles (2002)

The Harem

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Intermixing with a self-realizing commentary on the harem and Orientalism is a Persian Fan Dance and a modern Persian interpretive dance.


2001
Performers: 5+
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler with Tandemonium
Presented: An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance, Los Angeles (2000)

Volatile Bodies

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Drawing on movements from the Mevlevi Sema, Egyptian Zar, and Moroccan Guedra, dancers express the space between disharmony and support.


2000

Performers: 5
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Presented: An Evening of Experimental Middle Eastern Dance, Los Angeles (2000); Cafe Beledy, Los Angeles (2004)