Contemporary Dance Instruction in Sydney, Australia & Abroad

Laura/Amara for over 20 years has been a leader in experimental, inter-cultural, Middle Eastern dance, as well as contemporary dance instruction in Sydney, Australia and abroad. Laura can perform solos. She can also re-staged dances for soloists and dance companies. If you would like to book her, please contact her or sign-up for online classes via her Patreon page.

Solos

Becoming

Becoming a belly dancer.
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Film:
Music Engineer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler .

Egyptian Ella

So if you hear of a gal who can quake and shake ’til it makes you think of a nervous snake, they’re speakin’ of Egyptian Ella!
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler

Falling for Echo

Losing her way in the forest, Narcisa hears a hauntingly beautiful echo…
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler

Instant Review

A traditional Egyptian Folk dancer explores her relationship with the audience.
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler

The Jelly

Connecting the jellyfish’s movements with the undulations of Middle Eastern dance.
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler

Minara

A tranquil fusion of ballet and Middle Eastern dance.
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Music: “Minara” by Niyaz

On the Wrong Side of Nowhere

Shedding layers to reach a place of tranquility.
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler

The Story of Laurel

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

Terpiscord

Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler

Tribal Fusion Askew

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”

Twilight

In-between life and death.
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler
Music: “In this Twilight” by Nine Inch Nails from Year Zero

Duets & Trios

Ditama

Explores an uncommon facet in Middle East dance – feeling a bit abstract, awkward, and uncomfortable.
Performers: 3
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler

Hole in the Willow

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

Transference

A couple deals with depression by transferring and diffusing the pain between one another.
Performers: 2
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler with Elayssa

Zefiro Torna (Zephyr (the west wind that brings Spring) Returns)

Two young fellows go out into the world looking for love. A fusion of Baroque, Persian, and belly dance.
Performers: 2
Music: “Zefiro Torna” by Claudio Monteverdi from “Monteverdi: Madrigali Concertati”
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler

Company

Even

Trajectories through the encounter of the varying always already there.
Performers: 4+
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler

The Harem

Performers: 5+
Intermixing with a self-realizing commentary on the harem and Orientalism is a Persian Fan Dance and a modern Persian interpretive dance.
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler with Tandemonium

Inverse

Duncanesque, Banat el-beledi, and Saidi dance styles are used to demonstrate the oppression women place upon each other.
Created: Amara
Performers: 6+
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler

Part 1 and 2

Five slightly off kiltered characters follow shared movement sequences with their own set of rules.
Performers: 5
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler with Ya Helewa!

Plan 9

A dark comedy inspired by Ed Wood’s sci-fi genre, which combines the macabre with twisted elements of Middle Eastern dance.
Performers: 7
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler

Unknown

An expression of the horror and chaos of mass destruction.
Performers: 9+ dancers
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler with Ya Helewa!

Volatile Bodies

Drawing on movements from the Mevlevi Sema, Egyptian Zar, and Moroccan Guedra, dancers express the space between disharmony and support.
Performers: 5
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler

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

Structured Improvisation #2

Using pre-set rules and spontaneous interconnectivity to move as a unit without being the Same in an exploration of space, music, and movement
Performers: 5+
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler with additions by the Ya Helewa!

Thirsty

Performers: 7+
Choreographer: Dr Laura (Amara) Osweiler