A Night at the Oasis

More than a century ago, Egyptian authorities banned belly dancing in Cairo, deeming its performance a lewd public display. An overreaction maybe, but some anthropologists believe the ancient art does subtly reference procreation. Experts say that the sweeping hip movements, combined with deliberate muscle contractions and abdominal undulations, could symbolize the birthing process. (For this you need a Ph.D.?) A Night at the Oasis will showcase the city’s best dance troupes performing varieties of Egyptian cabaret-style belly dancing. It should be an evening of gorgeous sensuality unlike anything you’ll ever encounter in a maternity ward. Seattle Center House, 305 Harrison St., 441-1768, www.seattlecenter.org. $15. 8 p.m. ERIKA HOBART

Sat., April 12, 8 p.m., 2008

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