The Durga Tour in Boston
featuring workshops with Tempest and Asharah!
Monday, June 15, 2009 6:00pm-9:15pm
Cost: $45 before April 30, $50 thereafter
Presented by Badriya al-Badi'a
Vending by Tempest and Asharah
The Durga Tour is named in honor of the Hindu Goddess Durga, an aspect of Devi, whose name means "invincible" and who represents a balance between the creating force (Shakti) and the warrior/destroyer force (Kali). "Durga exists in a state of sva-tantrya (dependence on the universe and nothing/nobody else, i.e., self-sufficiency) and fierce compassion."
We have chosen Durga (or She chose us) because to us, she embodies the struggle of art - be it music, dance, ideas, etc - to both be a force of creation and destruction. To be passionate, yet be tempered in approach, to inspire without constraining, and to lead without demanding followers.
In this spirit, the workshops presented by Tempest and Asharah are intended together to strike a balance between the mental freedom of the creative impulse and the physical control of technique. The workshops are not priced separately because they do not exist separately. Mind and body together are the essence of dance.
Workshop with Tempest, 6pm-7:30pm: Dancing on the Right Side of the Brain
Artists, writers and other creative folk are said to be "right-brained"--they think in pictures, images and random patterns. Engineers, accountants and other number/fct people are said to be "left-brained"--meaning they think more mathematically, linearly, orderly. Learn to unleash your creative side and truly be "in the moment" with your dancing. Often, a dancer can become too focused on a choreography, counting of steps, beats and therefore become "left-brained" in their dancing--meaning they are being technical and not dancing creatively, spontaneously, from the heart! In this unusual workshop, we're going to do some mental and physical exercises that will help you engage your right brain in your dancing!
Workshop with Asharah, 7:45pm-9:15pm: Pops, Locks and Tick Tocks: Tricks to Mechanize Your Movement
Inspired by robots, experimental electronic music and poppin' and lockin', Asharah has integrated mechanical movements into her expressive tribal fusion performances. in this workshop, Asharah will lead students through an intense warm up and then show students how to break down traditional belly dance movements such as vertical hip figure-8s, shoulder rolls, torso undulation, turns and arm waves into smaller and sharper parts to give your performances a robotic and creepy edge. After drilling these movements, she'll teach a short combination that demonstrates how these movements can be used in a performance. She'll also briefly discuss concepts of electronic music, how it is created, and how to listen to the nuances of music made by machines and computers. Experience level: Intermediate beginner and above
|About Badriya al-Badi'a:
been performing both gothic and Egyptian/Arabic style belly dance in
the Boston area since 2001, and sponsors the annual gothic belly dance event Raks Spooki (Raks Spooki IV--November 09!). She is dedicated both to representing
classical raqs sharqi and beledi styles in as authentic a way as
possible as well as to exploring the artistic intersection of belly
dance movement and gothic music. Each style of dance has its proper
place and venue, and she is very proud to be be able to provide the
Boston area with the opportunity for regular gatherings of gothic belly
dancers. She may be reached at badriya at rcn dot com or 781-325-3039
for more information.||
"Raks Spooki" copyright 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009