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10/8/2012 at 8:16:50 PM GMT
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Dabkeh Events in New York
Start the fall off with a stomp! Alwan for the Arts, presents *So* *You Think You Can Dabkeh*, a festival exploring the traditional and popular line dances of the Levant region of the Middle East. Through participatory and performance events in Manhattan and Brooklyn from September 8 - October 13, 2012, Alwan celebrates one of the most publicly performed and beloved traditional dances of Arab Americans. The events are open to the public and funded in part by NYSCA.

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At Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street, #4, NY, NY 10004

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, Oct 11 | 6:30 pm

Women and Dabkeh: Panel and Party

This dabkeh party is preceded by a discussion led by Riham Barghouti and features women dabkeh experts addressing issues of gender in social and concert performance. Come ready to dance their signature steps and styles, ranging from social Lebanese dabkeh, Palestinian troupe combinations, and new improvised steps like the "jump rope” and "hip hop”. Participants include Denise Abou-Chrouch of Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral, Sheren and Hannan Attal of Yallah Youth, Danyah Jaber of Hunter's SJP, and Rema Bader, Bouchra Tabit and Dalia Zeinab of Nijmat Falasteen.

$5 at the door / FREE for Alwan members<>

Saturday Oct 13 | 3:30-9 pm

Dabkeh-Off: Dabkeh Workshop, Lecture, Showcase and Concert.

3:30pm/ $10- Workshop/demo by local dabkeh experts Jad Lebbos (Lebanon) and Mohammad Shaolodi (Palestine), teaches variations from homeland villages to Brooklyn. Learn dabkeh that remains a dynamic and
vital part of everyday life. ($10)

5:00pm / $5-"Staging Dabkeh: The Emergence of a Levantine Folk Art," presentation by ethnomusicologist Shayna Silverstein with discussant Christopher Stone, author of Popular Culture and Nationalism in Lebanon:
The Fairouz and Rahbani Nation

Shayna Silverstein addresses the emergence of dabkeh as a folk art throughout the Levant. From the formation of state folk dance troupes in the 1950s and 1960s to dance theater (raqs misrah) in the new millennium, she will look at how dabkeh has been staged for domestic and international audiences over the past fifty years. Folkloric dabkeh celebrates the cultural diversity of the Levant at the same time that it preserves the traditions and customs considered common to village life.

7:00pm / $15-Dabkeh-Off and Concert with Anas Tabash: a citywide showcase features troupes such as Shabab Al Hurreyya, Al Nujoom, and Nijmat Falsteen.  The evening concludes with a concert by Palestinian singer, Anas
Tabash, known for his folk style mawwawil and popular dabkeh tunes, with Jad Lebbos on tabl and Zafer Tawil on oud and nay.

$20 for a day pass / $15 for Alwan members

Group DISCOUNTS / info: /646.462.5691

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