Silk Road Dance Company Opens VelocityDC Festival
In keeping with the publicized "Silk Road" theme of the 2014 VelocityDC Dance Festival, Silk Road Dance Company opened all four concerts with "Guldatsa." a famous choreography by People's Artist of Uzbekistan, Isaqar Aqilov. The dance is performed to the constantly shifting rhythms of the Uzbek frame drum or "doire." The rich velvet and gold embroidered dresses and diaphonous veils - along with thee dancers' long braids - combine to create a delayed line in the space around each dancer. This delayed line is a characteristic of Silk Road dances and part of their hypnotic beauty.