Raqs el-shamadan is a famous balancing dance with roots in the Awalim culture of late 19th century Cairo. The dancer often performs standing and floorwork movements while playing finger cymbals and balancing a lit candelabra on her head. Learn about the roots of the Egyptian candelabra dance while exploring how the aesthetics of bygone eras can enliven contemporary art.
This 90min class will include an introduction to the history of the candelabra dance in Egypt, awalim movement aesthetics and technique as well as balance practice and tips. (No shamadan required, bring a book or other balancing object.)
A Window Through Time
Exploring Historical Dance Reaconstructions For Stage
Aug 15, 2020 | 9:30am (CDT) 8pm (IST)
How do we interpret research and stage the unknown?
How do you create a personal connection to another time, culture,
ethnic group and present a dance authentic both to them and you? We’ll
develop the tools and methodology while exploring the challenges of
historical dance recreation, creating folkloric tableaux and characters
for the stage, through approaching dance as theater and living history
in order to bring our visions to life.
This lecture series is a FREE event. However, if you'd like to contribute, you can do donate to Samai Oriental Dance Company's ArtWithHeart fundraiser, where your contributions will go towards the NGO, "Animals Matter To Me" who are working tirelessly to support Covid-19 impacted animals.
You can register for the series by filling in the Google form (link below). This link also includes the link to our fundraiser! You can alternatively donate via PayPal.me/SamaiOriental.
Mondays in September, 2020 | 7pm (CDT)
Open only to participants of Awalim Movement: Part 1
This class series will focus on layering new movement techniques with materials from Part 1 of the Awalim Movement course, musicality and creating personal expression within the aesthetic form of early 20th century awalim. Recordings will be available for enrolled students through Teachable until Jan 1st 2021.
Creative Variations: The Theory of Visual Interest
Wednesdays Sept-Nov, 2020 | 7pm (CDT)
Develop simple but important tools to create more captivating performances and a personalized dance voice by addressing 14 concepts in movement, attitude, eye line and intention. Recordings will be available for enrolled students through Teachable until Jan 1st, 2021.