Gypsy In Cairo

Johara & Snake Dance Productions

Johara is a pioneer in theatrical belly dance.  As the director of Snake Dance Theater Company,  she has produced over 15 grand scale theatrical belly dance shows since 2001. These shows have featured several of Johara's original choreographies and creative narratives. Her choreographies range from traditional Middle Eastern dance to unique fusions with Latin, contemporary, and Hollywood fantasy styles of dance. Johara’s shows include professional lighting and sound engineers, theatrical props, and often set design and multi-media displays. 

In her debut show, Celestial Bodies: 2001 Bellydance Odyssey, she channeled her theme of the five senses into original poetry, choreography and costumes artfully represented in the production. Her 2003 show, East Meets West: America Arabian- Style, expressed an intricate and complex theme of the historical and ongoing intercultural exchanges of dance and popular culture between the US and Egypt, and included such sub themes as the orientalist perceptions of the dance. In 2005, Johara created one of her most extravagant productions, A Gypsy in Cairo, in which she added a complex story line, narration, acting, elaborate set design, and a 36- member cast – one of her largest casts ever. It was a full year in the making, and brought down the house at the sold-out Regent Theater in Arlington, Massachusetts. In 2009, Johara returned to the Regent Theater with Harvest Moon in which she added original film backdrop by Garabed Setrakian for her gothic story- dance trilogy, Vampire Bride. Johara has continued to push the boundaries of her genre with such dances as Un-caged, a dance fantasy with giant Isis wings performed to Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir, and Maypole, incorporating the pagan ritual dance of weaving ribbons around a maypole. She continues her exploration of middle eastern folk dance with her Egyptian Saidi stick and Gawazee dance and Saudi Khaleeji.

Theatrical Shows

Dances for the Dead (2015)

Venus & Mars: Tales of Love and War (2013)

Dances for the Dead (2015)

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Egyptomania (2014)

Venus & Mars: Tales of Love and War (2013)

Dances for the Dead (2015)

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Venus & Mars: Tales of Love and War (2013)

Venus & Mars: Tales of Love and War (2013)

Venus & Mars: Tales of Love and War (2013)

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Into The Fire (2012)

Rites of Spring (2010)

Venus & Mars: Tales of Love and War (2013)

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A Maiti Voice (2011)

Rites of Spring (2010)

Rites of Spring (2010)

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Rites of Spring (2010)

Rites of Spring (2010)

Rites of Spring (2010)

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Harvest Moon (2009)

Gifts from the Middle East (2009)

Gifts from the Middle East (2009)

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Gifts from the Middle East (2009)

Gifts from the Middle East (2009)

Gifts from the Middle East (2009)

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Emergence (2008)

Gifts from the Middle East (2009)

Fools for the Dance (2007)

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Fools for the Dance (2007)

East Meets West: Arabia American Style (2003)

Fools for the Dance (2007)

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A Gypsy In Cairo (2005)

East Meets West: Arabia American Style (2003)

East Meets West: Arabia American Style (2003)

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East Meets West: Arabia American Style (2003)

East Meets West: Arabia American Style (2003)

East Meets West: Arabia American Style (2003)

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Celestial Bodies: 2001 Belly Dance Odessy

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Celestial Bodies: 2001 Belly Dance Odessy

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Celestial Bodies: 2001 Belly Dance Odessy

Celestial Bodies: 2001 Belly Dance Odessy

Celestial Bodies: 2001 Belly Dance Odessy

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Egyptomania - A Love Affair with the east

Raqs Assaya - Venus & Mars

Cat Dance - Egyptomania

Kashmir - Isis Wings

Tribal Fusion - Teardrop (Maiti Voice)