Lecture and Dance Workshop: Dances of Morocco with "Morocco" (Carolina Varga Dinicu)

Sat, May 21, 2011 4:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Join "Morocco" (Carolina Varga Dinicu), for an afternoon lecture and dance workshop summarizing her years of research and covering the basic movements, rhythms and context of two Moroccan cultural traditions: Guedra (ritual) and Schikhatt (social dance and song).

4-6:30 pm ; All levels welcome

The Magic & Mystery of the Guedra: The What, Why & How of the Trance Ritual of Blessing of the Blue People (Kel Tagelmousse) of the Sahara

Fun with Schikhatt: The Lusty, Energetic Social & Instructional Dance of Moroccan Women (& Men) : What it Is That Sharqi Isn't & Why!


$25 in advance online(a small surcharge applies) / $35 at door.

$5 discount for members at door or online(ID/ membership card checked at door)

Read Morocco’s article on select Moroccan Berber dances in “Dance as Community Identity. View several of her published articles here.

To learn moreabout her beginnings as an oriental dancer in the NYC scene in 1960, and the story behind her name read her reminiscence "In Loving Remembrance and Requiem"

"Morocco"is considered a leading performer & authority in her field in the U.S., Canada and internationally; frequently invited to teach master seminars and perform throughout Europe, Asia, South America and North Africa /The Middle East (Morocco, Egypt, Turkey). Throughout her 50-year career, Morocco has been awarded numerous grants by New York State Council on the Arts and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs for her work in dance performance and research and was nominated to be one of the 100 National Dance Treasures. She has also been highly acclaimed by the professional Mid-Eastern dance community in the US, with several national awards.

In addition to lecturing on aspects of Raqs Sharqi (oriental dance) at dance festivals in Cairo for several years, she has presented her research on North African and Egyptian dance at international conferences and congresses such as UNESCO’s ICHPER_SD, (Cairo, Egypt) and International Federation of Theater Research Congress (Amsterdam). She was also choreographer and cultural consultant for multiple award- winning Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch's major motion picture: "Whatever Lola Wants".

Read more about Morocco’s career accomplishments read her full bio here; an Al-Ahram feature here.

Last updated: 2011-05-10 13:48:48

Typical dress of guedra ritual.
Typical dress of guedra ritual.

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