that’s kind of crazy! I do love having a fantastic audience when I perform, but to me, touring is less about that than it is about making personal connections, and having adventures all over the world. It’s about living life to the fullest, seeing how people in different countries are so very different, yet so very similar.
It’s about understanding “the human condition” in general and learning about different cultures. Being on the road is about the opportunity to live as an artist, and form bonds with people whom you wouldn’t have met in the course of a more ordinary, ordered lifestyle. I am lucky, I have had some truly incredible experiences, and the good far outweighs the bad! I do have a secret other side though… I fantasize sometimes about living an ordinary life sometimes…being in one place! It’s like a reverse mid-life crisis! I really enjoy my time at home with my boyfriend and my cats - and if I was home more often, I would also have a garden, some dogs and horses and a goat or two! But then I really start looking forward to adventures again I guess that’s the curiosity of the writer in me. I probably won’t be keeping up this crazy pace of traveling in a few years, I would like to move out of Los Angeles and live in a cute old Victorian house somewhere more quiet and have a dance studio, and time to paint and write more - there, I’ve said it! Your most recent blogs (‘Going Pro..’ no. 1-9) are very informative about the business of and behind Oriental Dancing: you share your experiences with dancers (who are thinking about going pro) and give some advice.. It reads like a sort of final book of references.. Are you saying goodbye to us? Au contraire! I started my blog in 2009 to sort of “test the waters” for a book I’m writing on belly dancing, and it will actually be published this coming year! It’s called “The Belly Dance Handbook”.
It’s not a how-to, and its not technique driven, it’s kind of like a workbook for serious students or for new professionals or those who want to turn professional. When I began writing the book, I wanted feedback, so I thought I’d write a blog and see how people reacted to it…. and the reaction has been splendid! I get thousands of hits a month, and people email me from all over the world. The content of the book contains everything that has been on my blog, and more. Artemis Mourat write the forward, and she was kind enough to let me use images from her extensive collection of vintage oriental post cards as illustrations! I cannot wait until the book comes out! I’m finishing it up over the 2012 Holiday Season, and I hope it will be out by Spring of 2013. I was planning for it originally to be out this past summer, but I was on the road too much! It’s so close to being finished, it just needs to get laid out graphically now. I’m very excited! I also have another book coming out that is already written. It’s titled “Lady Don’t Be Panic” and it’s all crazy road and touring stories, from belly dance as well as movie locations, burlesque and punk rock. It’s a pretty wild book, lots of funny stories. Punk Hostage Press is publishing it, and it will be out in February 2013! Thank you so much, Princess for this interview. And wish you lots of happy, crazy, ordinary adventures to explore, while we will be reading your books!
Princess Farhana’s website: www.princessfarhana.com Princess Farhana’s blog: www.princessraqs.blogspot.com Photos courtesy & copyright © 2012 of Princess Farhana. (Photo page 27: Theda Bara)
ISPAHAN Magazine, an Oriental Dance Glossy. Autumn issue.