Shaabi to Sharqi (Folk to Classical)
How surprising it is to find a strong connection between the earthy exuberant and celebratory Shaabi dancing of the village peoples of Upper Egypt, the Saiid, and that which we call Sharqi or Classical, the dual form of Courtly and Modern Raqs Sharqi. This dance filled week, in its peaceful setting of the Retzhof, is an ideal opportunity to explore that connection.
Residential Dance Week in Austria
20 – 25 March 2016
The Old Bishop’s Palace of Retzhof, Dorfstraße 17, Leitring nr Graz, Styria 8430 Austria
We will focus on finding an easy transition from the Sha’abi form to the understanding and enjoyable dancing of the little known Courtly Classical This was a style developed by Suraya Hilal in the 1980s and 90s. As there are practically no records of how women danced to the old classical music of the Arab world we have to assume that the movements that were used were those that best expressed the delicacy of the Kanoun (zither) and Riq (small frame drum). It is a beautifully refined and very feminine style in which the dancer can be exquisitely simple in her dance or intricately inventive according to her mood.
During the week there will be time also to contrast this refinement with the flow and expansion of its opposite, Modern Classical, the Sharqi dance of the 40s and 50s.With live music by Tim Garside if there are sufficient dancers!
For information about cost, booking and other queries please contact Astrid Pinter
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