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Masked Man

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Horus Mozarabe Photo: Yaniv Halfon

A few weeks ago, I posted about a dance festival that involved a mashup of many different genres of dance, with belly dance being the primary influence. One of my regular readers, Violet, posted a link in the comments to this incredible male tribal fusion dancer. What a thrilling rabbit hole that proved to be!

This is the sinewy, graceful, deliciously-androgynous dancing by Horus Mozarabe. I am both intrigued and a little put off by the fact that he always performs in a mask, but perhaps he thinks being a male belly dancer wasn’t enough of a gimmick. Maybe the mask is meant to get the audience to focus on his movements instead, or maybe he wants to protect his privacy like Sia. Maybe it’s a metaphor for something I don’t get. Or maybe he’s a partner at a Big 10 accounting firm, and this is his secret alter ego. Whatever his reasons, he certainly seems like a knockout under the mask.

I am embarrassed to admit this, but I never considered belly dance to be a genre of dance in which men could participate, but now that I’ve seen it, I am a huge fan. I want to encourage all my male dancer friends to jump on it, too!

You can follow the fabulous Horus Mozarabe on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

7 thoughts on “Masked Man

  1. I saw a male belly dancer live at a show in Istanbul at the Hodja Pasha Cultural Centre. It was mesmerizing. And completely surprising. I’d never heard of such a thing. The one I saw didn’t wear a mask 🙂

    Alison

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  2. He really is an extraordinary dancer, and his technique and artistic interpretation are amazing. I also love that he doesn’t disguise the fact that he’s a man. Many male belly dancers go more with the drag routine (which I like too), but I think it makes a unique statement that he wears pants and is not focused on fully imitating women….he’s taken a female art and made it entirely his own. At one point he had some videos posted of himself performing without the mask (he’s definitely handsome), but I see all those videos have been taken down. Of the performances I’ve seen without the mask and with the mask, I must admit the ones with the mask were a bit more visually intriguing. My only gripe is that some of the sets are so poorly lit you can’t see all of his movements.

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    • I agree on all points. After my initial objections to the mask, it started to intrigue me as well. It’s an interesting message. And while I’ve seen the partial drag and full drag performances, I found this more artistic and compelling.

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  3. Yes it is dance and a beautiful dance also. — Hal

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