Gilded Serpent presents.
Dancer Amani of Lebanon Comments:
Aim in Organizing a
World-inclusive Oriental Dance Festival"
dancing has become a widespread art; it is now found all over
the world, and among all levels of society in all the five continents!
many dancers are practicing and spreading the Oriental dance,
to the extent that the East and West, the dancing, the music,
and the folklore, have begun to merge into one entity.
the implications of that merge to our field of dance, and as a
leading dancer with stakes in preserving the identity of Oriental
dance (in both its nature and characteristics) I believe it my
duty to take serious, practical measures in order to
accomplish my objectives. I believe that I must start by organizing
and teaching workshops here in Lebanon that could bring together
as many Oriental dancers as possible into one coordinated production
where we could harmonize and distill the essence and substance
of our art form.
Therefore, I have begun
work on presenting a special workshop and festival aimed at
developing the styles and techniques of Oriental dance through
a general education that would focus on defining the Oriental
culture and the place and substance of dance, in particular.
Amani chosen to start with education?" One might ask.
Well, my answer lies in my belief that dance technique is very
important but it, alone, is not sufficient to produce a valuable
art form of our dance. Perfected technique is insufficient
simply because the roots of Oriental dance took birth and flourished
romantic, yet spiritual, era. When we explore our inner feeling
Oriental perspective, we will be able to understand more fully
the emotional meanings and moods of the Oriental dance and its
own dancing depends on a good understanding of that culture
as a path to reach into the authentic world of Oriental dance!
further writings, I hope to share with you my insights into these
emotional meaning and moods and explain how one might access them
for inclusion in a dance presentation in a tasteful manner. There
will be guided tourist excursion in some of the most important
ancient sites such as Baalbeck, Beiteldine, Deir Elkamar, Ksara
and the Barouk Cedars, where the folklore and Oriental
dance have flourished in the past, aimed at enriching the inspiration
of today's true artist. I plan to write soon explaining
what excursions I have organized and detail what the dancer of
today might expect in the way of inspiration and knowledge of
these site and their histories.
I also am
looking on inciting good dancers to incorporate into their dance
presentations a solid theatrical dimension, even while preserving
the Oriental soul, in both styles and aspects. In the process
of doing so, I plan to offer the workshop participant an option
to obtain exposure to an Arabic audience through the festival's
competition that undoubtedly would receive television and other
media coverage. I will keep you informed about these promises
of coverage as they commit to our event.
I am organizing
three different workshop sessions, and I have personally chosen
to begin with the following master teachers whom I believe are
experts in their particular interests:
- and Nathasha
will write more about each of these outstanding instructors in
my next "Amani Comments," but in the mean time, dancers
who are interested in details of these workshops may refer to:
theme of this workshop will be to help all dancers, from beginning
level dancers to professional dancers, the world over, to delve
into the deep soul of Oriental dance and find out what they
may have missed as different and new Oriental and folkloric
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