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Welcome letter from Yasmina Ramzy, IBCC Artistic Director:
... I just came back from Egypt last month. Of course, I met up with Randa,Aida and Tito (IBCC 2007&2008) who are all in fine shape and look forward to returning to Canada for future IBCC events. I also met with Khairiyya Mazin (youngest and only practising member of the infamous Banaat Mazin family - Ghawazi dance) in Luxor. She has never been outside Egypt before so she is excited but scared at the same time. It was love at first sight with her for me and the students that were with me. I still get goose bumps just thinking about that day. Out of every one of her pores, she exudes the essence of that indescribable ancient mystery and beauty that we are drawn to in the origins of our art form. Thank you, Lynette Harris of the Gilded Serpent for giving me the idea of inviting Khairiyya.
I had the great honour and privilege of spending almost a week with Mahmoud Reda at Raks Madrid in July 2009 and I fell in love with him then. I want to bring him to the conference so he can tell the inspiring stories of the trials and tribulations of pioneering a dance company such as the Reda Troupe. There are 3 precious moments in my Bellydance career; one was Arabesque performing at the Sony Centre for the Arts where I used to watch The National Ballet of Canada as a child, the second was being invited to perform at the International Conference on Middle Eastern Dance in California and the third was eating dinner sitting beside Mahmoud Reda and across from Farida Fahmy discussing the choreography process, dance philosophy, and the purpose and meaning of creating choreography. Yes, I was in heaven on that balmy night in Spain. Thank you again Nesma for the invitation. Nesma has a company of dancers who perform Reda choreography with such excellence and precision, you feel you are watching the original in person. Even in Canada, we are so lucky to have Habeeba Hobeika's Dance Ensemble who also specialize in presenting perfect Reda choreography and who will present at the upcoming conference in honour of Mahmoud's presence.
The other 6 featured teachers each bring their unique approach to our art form, with Sema Yildiz from Turkey who is the teacher of all the famous Turkish Bellydancers. We have Algerian style this year with Amel, innovative Tribal style artist Sera Solstice, Canada's very own master teacher Hadia, a pioneer of American Bellydance Delilah and of course Jillina, who I have always admired. I like the way Jillina knows how to take the traditional Arab dance and fuse it with Western sensibilities and Jazz type dance style and really make it work. I loved watching her company the Sahlala Dancers at the conference in California. Now I admire her even more, knowing the hard work she has put into the Bellydance Superstars. It does not surprise me to hear her new production Bellydance Evolution is amazing.
Mahmoud Reda is the pioneer of theatre dance in Egypt. In 1959 he founded the world renowned Reda Troupe. By the mid 60s the troupe had over 150 members including, dancers and musicians. As soloist, choreographer, and artistic director, he was instrumental in creating a legitimate theatrical dance genre that embraced many styles. He has choreographed more than 300 dances including for many Egyptian feature films, and has starred in three musicals directed by his late brother Ali Reda, two of which are major productions and are regarded as mile stones in the history of Egyptian cinema. With the troupe he has performed in prestigious theatres in more than 60 countries such as the Royal Albert Hall in London, The Olympia in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York and Stanislavski in Moscow.
Khairiyya Yusuf Mazin is the youngest of the famous Banat Mazin, one of the last exponents of Ghawazi dance, which is perhaps the primary origin of Egyptian "belly dance." She is the sole remaining practitioner of the authentic dances of the Nawari Ghawazi of Upper Egypt. When Khairiyya Mazin retires, one of the most distinctive traditions of Ghawazi dance may come to an end. The Ghawazi are the famed female dancers described so often in Western travelers' accounts since the 18th century, and probably the major wellspring of Egyptian danse orientale.
A master dancer, instructor and choreographer, Jillina has devoted her life to dance. In 1999 she started Jillina’s Sahlala Dancers and in 2003 joined the Bellydance Superstars where she served as the artistic director and main choreographer until 2009. Jillina continues to serve as one of their principle choreographers. In the spring of 2009 Jilllina started Bellydance Evolution. In the summer of 2009, Jillina was the first American artist to be featured in the prestigious Ahlan Wa Sahlan closing Gala, in Egypt.
A dancer and performer since childhood, Sema Yildiz has travelled extensively as a much sought after instructor and has appeared in many films, TV and daily newspaper series, including such countries as Syria, Iran, Holland, Germany, Italy and Austria. With her 40 years of experience, Sema has mentored many of the well-known Turkish artists we know today such as Didem and Asena.
IBCC 2010 Dance Workshop Topics:
Thursday April 22 - Introduction 9/8 Gypsy style technique
Friday April 23-Turkish Roman Dance/ Facial Expression choreography
Sunday April 25- Turkish Classic Dance Improvisation (Please bring veil)
Hadia has lived and performed throughout the Middle East, studying and working with many of the great masters of oriental dance and folklore. Her ingenious teaching skills draw upon her multi-faceted 37-year career as an artist of Middle Eastern, Flamenco, Jazz, African/Afro-Brazilian, Polynesian and Salsa, as well as her 15 years as a registered practitioner and instructor of massage/manual therapy. Hadia’s understanding and mastery of the very soul of Raks Sharqi has earned her an international reputation as an exquisite performer.
IBCC 2010 Dance Workshop Topics:
Friday April 23: Hadia’s Ultimate Body Logic Technique
Hadia’s Body Logic is a revolutionary approach to beautiful, graceful and effortless oriental dance that traces even the most complex movements and steps back to their essential, natural and simple movement patterns, then combines these with the fundamentals of Egyptian styling in a very unique and delicious way. Based on her training as a highly skilled therapist, Hadia specifically applies anatomy and kinesiology to guarantee surprisingly easy, pain free and joyful movement that both heals and strengthens the body.
Saturday April 24: Maximize your Music with Hadia
Would you like to understand and command your music, to know HOW to listen to and interpret its rhythms, instruments, phrasing and dynamics and to translate these into Movement? Hadia invites you to benefit from her 38 years of experience as an Award Winning Choreographer as the “Embodiment of the Music”!
Delilah is one of the pioneers in the contemporary movement of belly dance in America. Deeply inspired by sturdy roots in ethnic music and dance in the 70’s, she won contests/awards and became known for her almost supernatural dramatic style. Her company, Visionary Dance Productions, has produced a leading instructional video series; Delilah’s Belly Dance Workshops. This series fueled the hearts, bodies and imaginations of women all over the globe. Delilah is a visionary dedicated to this art.
Algeria / UK / U.S.A.
Amel Tafsout is among the most charismatic and acclaimed professional world performers and master dance instructors of North African traditional and contemporary Maghreb Dance of our time. She has mesmerized audiences around the world with the earthy fluidity of her dance and her expressive and stunning stage presence.
Sera Solstice is a performer/choreographer/ instructor/artist/shaman/warrior/pioneer of Bellydance and Founder and Director of Solstice Studio in Times Square, New York City. Sera is director and choreographer of the dance troupe Solstice, Creatrix of "East Coast Tribal" (a Tribal Fusion DVD produced by World Dance New York), and director of East Coast Tribal in NYC. Sera's Choreography has been described as "complex, content-rich, sublime, technically superb, physically demanding, at the forefront of evolution of Bellydance as an art form."
After beginning her dance career in 1981, Yasmina Ramzy spent many years performing throughout the Middle East for royalty and heads of state. Yasmina founded the critically acclaimed Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra, Arabesque Academy and the International Bellydance Conference of Canada. She received her key training from leading masters in Egypt and Syria including Aida Nour and Mohammed Khalil of the National Folklore Troupe of Egypt. Her unique and highly creative choreographies have been commissioned internationally by universities, museums, ballet companies, figure skating teams and many Middle East dance companies including the internationally renowned Bellydance Superstars. She has been awarded numerous grants for her choreographies by all levels of arts councils. Yasmina is invited to teach and perform regularly in over 60 cities on five continents. She has produced 8 instructional DVDs, 7 performance DVDs and 6 CDs that sell worldwide. The “Ask Yasmina” column which is published in the world’s largest Bellydance magazine is translated into several languages. Yasmina is well known for elevating the status of Middle Eastern dance as high art and conveying its relationship with Arab music and culture. She is a member of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists and has served on the Board of Directors for Dance Ontario since 1996.
Prof. Bassam Bishara
Palestine / Canada
Prof. Bassam Bishara was born in Ramah village, upper Galilee, Palestine in 1954. He began his early training in Middle Eastern Oude at the Academy of Music in Hafia and at the University of Jerusalem. He eventually went on to teach in private schools and formed a Middle Eastern Orchestra quickly becoming sought after throughout Palestine. In 1983, he was appointed Music Director for Alhakawati Theatre in Jerusalem, where his concerts, music and songs were dedicated to the Palestine cause. He has toured extensively throughout Europe and the United States performing with an orchestra and as a soloist. Now living in Canada, he composes and records music for many artists including Arabesque Dance Company. He is the lead vocalist, oude and violin player as well as musical director for Arabesque and is professor of Midde Eastern Music at York University.
Palestine / Canada
Suleiman Warwar was born in Nazareth, Palestine in 1977. He began playing Arabic Tablah or Dumbek at age 6. The self-taught musician was the lead Dumbek player in his high school orchestra in Nazareth and performed traditional and modern musical pieces around the country. Suleiman immigrated to Canada in 1995 where he was introduced to Latin American, African, Turkish and many other types of music. As well as traditional Arabic percussion including Dumbek, Duff, Katim and Riqq, Suleiman also plays Bongos, Congas and Djembe. His innovative style of drumming has led him to play with such artists as Bassam Bishara, George Wasouf and in various peace movement events. Suleiman is a sought after master dumbek artist who is invited around the world to teach. He is the lead dumbek player for the Arabesque Dance Company Orchestra and has composed many popular drum solos available on his CD entitled "Beyond Rhthym" and the Arabesque Dance Company CDs entitled "Nawaem", Asala 1 and Asala 2.
Dr. George Sawa
Egypt / Canada
George Sawa was born in Alexandria , Egypt in 1947. He studied Classical Arabic music at the Higher Institute of Arabic Music specializing in qanoon, voice and theory. After immigrating to Canada in 1970, he studied ethno-musicology and obtained his doctorate in Historical Arabic Musicology at the University of Toronto. He has taught medieval, modern and religious Middle Eastern Music at York University and the University of Toronto, and is the author of "Music Performance in Early Abbasid Era 750-932AD" published in 1989. George Sawa has given numerous concerts and lecture demonstrations at universities, museums and art galleries in Europe and North America He has been teaching at Arabesque Academy, School of Middle Eastern Dance and Music Arts since 1995 and regularly teaches alongside Yasmina Ramzy in many dance workshops. He was awarded the 1990 Ontario Folk Arts Recognition Fellowship for his performances and lecture demonstrations on the qanoon. George served as a performer, composer and music coach in R. Murray Schafer's RA in Toronto (1983) and Holland (1985).
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