Pho Pharonic Choreography
by Melina of Daughters of Rhea
Performed to “Un World Mysteriouse” by Dimitri from
Paris (Track 16 on the Sacrebleu CD)
This is a dance I choreographed for my sister Piper and
me to perform as a duet. The basic idea is hieroglyphs come to life. Pho
Pharonic can also be done alone, but if you chose to perform it as a duet or
group of paired performers it does help to partner with someone who looks
like your sister! We see Pho Pharonic as a sacred dance of the imagined
ancient Egyptian temple and try to channel that still, sacred energy while
dancing it. The dance is deceptively simple: the moves are not necessarily
advanced or complicated but they must be done to perfection. You must pay
complete attention to timing, precision arms and hips, and where you place
Stand still with head down, arms relaxed at sides,
palms facing in to body, fingers together, thumbs in.
Look up and come to life.
figure 8 hips walking forward. 8 counts.
ARMS: “part the waters” with hands at right hip,
“reveal the pearl” with hands at left hip.
Stand in place, right foot slightly in front of left
and do figure 8s on the horizontal plane in double time. 8 counts. ARMS:
arms extended out about waist level with bent elbows and palms facing up.
Level change with figure 8s, same arms. Same move as
above but with level change down and up. Rising gently to the balls of your
feet so you can more easily descend while keeping your posture vertical,
figure 8 hips on the horizontal while descending straight down, then back
up. 4 counts down, 4 counts up.
Hieroglyph pivot turns with step hip lifts.
Four ¼ turns touching out right foot to jut out right
hip and pivoting on left foot around to the left. First right foot step is
toward audience. ARMS: left hand touches behind right, right arms extended
out and swinging from elbow following right hip to accent each pivot.
Step forward on right foot, lift left hip squinches up
into body with thighs together, weight on right foot. Step back left, right
and repeat on other side. Step forward with left foot, squinch right hip
into body, step back right, left. ARMS: right arm behind head, left arm
extended to left side holding up an imaginary tray with bent elbow. GAZE
follows extended hand on count 2 and 6, then snaps back to center. REPEAT
from hieroglyph turns.
Vertical right hip circle traveling step while facing
right. 8 counts. ARMS: left arm extended left and bent at elbow so that
your left hand is close to your ear at ear level with fingers together and
palms facing down. Right arm in classic hieroglyph position with palm
facing down and bent at elbow. In transition moment, bring palms together
in prayer, then do the same traveling left and switch arms.
Figure 8 hips (mayas) bringing prayer arms slowly up
above head. 8 counts. On count four, prayer-position palms should be at
third eye position.
Walk the wire forward and back with snake arms. 4 count
front, 4 count back.
Jazz lunges side to side with snake arms. Gaze follows
arms downward right, center, downward left, center.
Side walk with shoulder shimmy into leg lift behind.
Walk to right side: feet right, left, right, left leg lift then left, right,
left, right leg lift. Shoulders shimmy, shimmy, shimmy then look away from
back lifted leg. 4 times total traveling right and left.
2 Pelvic clutch drops followed by chest accents
(forward back forward). Repeat sequence four times. Snap back to facing
forward, feet and legs together, arms out to sides, bent at elbow so hands
are at shoulder level with fingers holding two imaginary napkins.
Traveling Ummy ummies to right with arms extended to
sides, elbows slightly bent, palms facing outward as if pushing walls away.
Camel walk in circle to right, right arm in “holding
sacred tray” position, left arm down near but not touching left hip, palm
Undulations in place. If you are in pairs, this is
where you would go back to back and undulate as if you are glued together to
the audience’s cries of amazement and delight.
Moving hieroglyph arm positions. Right arm to side
elbow bent palm up, left arm to side elbow bent palm up, raise right arm
holding elbow position up over head, raise left arm up to meet it, palms
come together over head, cross right arm under chin then left arm, head
slides side to side starting with right for 8 counts. Eyes look right and
Hand undulations around to right, then left.
Traveling 1st charka undulations offstage.