2018 A Dancers Journey - Into the Maghreb w/ Amel Tafsout

A Dancers Journey 2018 - Into the Maghreb with Amel Tafsout
June 1-3, 2018 at Arabesque World Dance in Lexington, Kentucky
12 Hours of Lectures and Dance Instruction!!

About Amel: The legendary Amel Tafsout, meaning ‘Hopes of Spring’, is an inspirational first source master dance artist, choreographer, instructor, frame drummer, singer, energy worker and one of the finest exponents of North African traditional and contemporary Maghreb Dance of our time. With a research in dance anthropology, and a long training in various healing practices, Tafsout’s knowledge of her culture and her experience in many dance styles and music make her very unique.

Cost: Individual workshops are $65 each, Sat & Sun only (4 WS's) is $200, and the VIP Pass for all 5 WS's plus a show ticket is $255
Show Tickets for ages 12 and Up $15 (Under 12 yrs Free)
REGISTRATION & TICKETS at www.ArabesqueLex.com

FULL WEEKEND SCHEDULE & AMEL'S FULL BIO BELOW!>>>>


SCHEDULE:
Friday, June 1, 2018 6:30-7:00 PM Registration & Shopping
Friday, June 1, 2018 7:00-9:00 PM?
Lecture with Amel Tafsout: Dance and Rituals

Saturday, June 2, 2018 9:00-9:30 AM Registration & Shopping
Saturday, June 2, 2018 9:30-11:30 AM (2 Hrs)
Andalusian Court Scarf Dance:
From the eighth to the fifteenth century, Arabs occupied and controlled much of southern Spain, establishing the Muslim-ruled empire known as al-Andalus, or Andalusia. Regarded by many as a golden age of tolerance and cultural exchange, these eight centuries were a time when Christians, Jews and Muslims lived together in an atmosphere of intellectual and cultural symbiosis despite the existence of political tensions and religious differences.
Most of the musical traditions from Andalusia were brought to the Maghreb, or North Africa, when the Arabs were forced out of Spain with the fall of Granada in 1492. Today, vestiges of Andalusian musical developments can be found across much of the Arab world, despite wide variations in form and style among the music of these cultures. Some of the musical differences date back to the days of Andalusia and may be attributed to divisions among schools of music theory of that time; others occurred after the exodus to North Africa, as a result of musical schools settling in different isolated environments subject to local influences. The sholar Ziryab is credited with developing the concept of nubah, a suite form containing pieces composed in a single mode, and grouped according to rhythmic structure. Each of the twenty-four nubat supposedly corresponded in quality with an hour of the day, and with different temporal, seasonal and emotional characteristics. The unique culture of Al Andalus endured for almost 800 years, ending with the Catholic reconquista (re-conquest) of Spain which began to take hold in the 13th century and was completed on the 2nd of January 1492 with the defeat of Grenada, the last Arab stronghold. When Arabs and Jews were expelled from Al Andalus en masse during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, many of them relocated to North Africa and elsewhere in the Mediterranean basin, taking their musical traditions with them.
Andalusian Dance: The dancers known as "jariya" were slave girls who performed in the noble houses of Andalusian Spain and throughout the Arab world. Based on the classical music and dance that originated in Andalusian Spain and traveled to North Africa when the Arabs were expelled. The dance emphasizes the elegant arm and hand movements of the court dancer.
Andalusian Court dances in the Maghreb (North Africa) originate from Arab-Andalusian traditions in ancient cities, such as Fes, Algiers and Tunis, and have a Turkish element especially in Tunisia and Algeria. These dances are performed by women only at various festivities such as weddings. During the workshop Amel Tafsout will focus on the various techniques of dancing with scarves and how to keep the rhythm while improvising. She will also teach a choreography. (Please bring two scarves for the workshops).

Saturday, June 2, 2018 11:30 AM-12:30 PM LUNCH BREAK (On your own- there are many restaurants within a few miles of the studio.)

Saturday, June 2, 2018 12:30 PM- 3:30 PM (3 Hrs)
TUNISIAN DANCE:
Dancing in Tunisia is characterized by a multitude of forms at festive events. The dance reflects a social phenomenon born in the working classes of Tunisian cities.
Tunisian dance is distinguished mainly by its dynamic, since it is faster with more staccato, and the multitude of forms, with each region having its own "style. The variety of dances performed by the Tunisians probably reflects the migration flows that have traversed the country throughout the centuries. This dance insists on the movements of the pelvis in rhythm, movement highlighted by the elevation of the arms to horizontal, and feet moving in rhythm and transferring weight onto the right leg or left; danced almost entirely on demi-point (on the toes) with arms held in a “w” shape. This dance is seen at weddings and parties, festivals and circumcision ceremonies or marriage in the neighborhoods of big cities. In the southern islands of Kerkennah and Djerba, the dance is often performed with a clay water pot balanced on the head.
These traditional dancers wear a blouse, a “khamisa,” underneath a large rectangular wrap, a “melia,” fastened at the shoulder with two large pins, with a belt of woollen yard around their waists. Additionally, married women wear a “khul-khal,” a famous Tunisian ankle bracelet, to ward off snakes with its rattle-like noise. (Unmarried virgins are believed to have inherent protection from snake bites.)
Saturday, June 4, 2018 6:30-9:30 PM Gala Show at Arabesque World Dance
Doors Open @6:30 PM / Show Begins @7:00 PM
(Students Registered for at Least one day of workshops can apply for a performance spot in the show.)


Sunday, June 3, 2018 9:30-10:00 AM Registration & Shopping
Sunday, June 3, 2018 10:00 AM-12:00 PM (2 Hrs)
MOROCCAN CHIKHAT DANCE:
In Classical Arabic, the word Cheikha is the feminine of Cheikh: a person with knowledge, experience, and wisdom. The Chichi are female professional dancers and singers, who perform together in cities and villages for men and women, singing and dancing at various festivities Professional shisha dancers wear colorful costumes with tight, midriff-baring sequined tops and long loose skirts or pants. One woman may dance in the middle of a circle while other women stand around her clapping to the beat of the music. Sensual hip movements, pelvic undulations and flowing hand movements characterize the dance. Often a hip scarf is worn to bring attention to the movements of the lower body with quick, sharp body movements and fluid string sections that prompt more graceful, flowing movements. A troupe sometimes includes up to ten women. Once these women become famous and start recording, they start a solo career.

Sunday, June 3, 2018 12:00 PM-1:00 PM LUNCH BREAK (On your own- there are many restaurants within a few miles of the studio.)

Sunday, June 3, 2018 1:00-4:00 PM (3 Hrs)
CHAOUI ‘ABDAOUI FERTILITY DANCE OF THE FAMOUS ‘AZRIYAT:
Amel Tafsout will introduce this dance from her home region of the Northern East-Algerian Aures mountains.
The Shawia people, or Chaouis are a Amazigh Berber people who live mainly in the regions located in and surrounded by the Aures Mountains, a large part of North Eastern Algeria known in ancient times as Numidia. They call themselves Išawiyen/Icawiyen and speak the Shawiya/ Chaouiya language.
The ‘Azriyat (literally, “Women without men”) are professional dancers and singers, who performed at various festivities such as the harvest, circumcisions, weddings and specially during the Bendou festival in order to celebrate the fertility of Mother Earth.
Amel will be teaching choreography based on the dance tradition but integrating the "partridge" steps in innovating the dance for the stage. Please bring fabric or long veil for the dance.


Cost: Individual workshops are $65 each, Sat & Sun only (4 WS's) is $200, and the VIP Pass for all 5 WS's plus a show ticket is $255
Show Tickets for ages 12 and Up $15 (Under 12 yrs Free)


Info on Amel:The legendary Amel Tafsout, meaning ‘Hopes of Spring’, is an inspirational first source master dance artist, choreographer, instructor, frame drummer, singer, energy worker and one of the finest exponents of North African traditional and contemporary Maghreb Dance of our time. With a research in dance anthropology, and a long training in various healing practices, Tafsout’s knowledge of her culture and her experience in many dance styles and music make her very unique.

The knowledge of her culture and her experience in many dance styles and music make her very unique. Amel's signature arm work is reminiscent of Flamenco yet also retains the grounded feel of the Amazigh-Berber tradition - combined with her fabulous hip work creates an ethereal dance that is powerful from the Earth. She explores the rich tapestry of movement and rhythm that has woven over time between Spain and the Maghreb, Africa and the Middle East, The Mediterranean Sea and Europe. She has mesmerized audiences around the world with the earthy fluidity of her dance, her expression, her stunning stage presence and great spirituality. Fluent in 5 languages she is always aware of the impact that cultures have in art and how that can be expressed in dance.

Raised in Algeria among the finest traditional dancers and musicians, Tafsout was fascinated by dance and music since childhood. In her early twenties, Tafsout moved to Germany where she founded the Pan Arabic dance company 'Banat As Sahra'. In the late 80s, she moved to London, U.K. where she taught and performed at various dance and music festivals and founded 'The Tafsoutettes' Dance Company. While currently living in the U.S.A. she is still performing and teaching worldwide.

Tafsout is like a voyager between countries, culture and languages. Having worked and lived all over the world, unsurprisingly, migration has been a constant theme in her work. Fluent in 5 languages, she is always aware of the impact that cultures have in art and how that can be expressed in dance.

Amel has lectured, danced, taught, sung and conducted anthropological research in many countries. She has been featured in various TV programs in Europe and North Africa. She also published many articles related to dance and Maghreb women in academic and popular magazines. Her research focuses on the Ritual in Maghreb dances as well as looking at dance as a healing form. She explores the rich tapestry of movement and rhythm that has woven over time between Spain and the Maghreb, Africa and the Middle East, the Mediterranean Sea and Europe.

Tafsout developed, reconstructed and stylised the Maghreb dances through her dance experience, her research, her teaching and performances. She had mesmerized audiences around the world with the earthy fluidity of her dance, her stunning stage presence and great spirituality.
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