So You Think You Can Dabkeh: (Sept 8 - Oct 13)

Sat, September 8, 2012 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts presents So You Think You Can Dabkeh, a festival celebrating and exploring the line dances of the Levant region of the Middle East through participatory and performative events from September 8 - October 13, 2012. The festival highlights dabkeh’s societal and cultural context, musical complexity and variations, and multiple significations to practitioners in the Levant and here in New York City, where dabkeh is one of the most publicly performed and beloved dance by Arab Americans.

Dabkeh is a music and danced social tradition of the Levant area of the Middle East. As a dance it is performed socially at celebrations, in choreographed floor patterns by troupes, and even in street protests. Dabkeh is rooted in village folk traditions and gatherings: performed in lines and circles, with rhythmic stomping, syncopated foot patterns. The music may involve a cappella vocals, (mawwal), wind instrument (mijwiz, shababe or nay) and a large drum, (tabl beledi).


Saturdays, Sept 8-29: Dabkeh Workshops with Ramzi Edlibi

Saturday, Oct 6: Dabkeh Tour of Bayridge

Thursday, Oct 11: Women and Dabkeh: Panel and Party

Saturday, Oct 13 : Dabkeh-Off: Workshop/Demo, Lecture, Competition and Concert


So You Think You Can Dabkeh is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

Last updated: 2012-09-05 17:21:45

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