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Photo: Paul Devisser
Artistic Director’s statement
"All of the guest artists in this new production became involved with Arabesque because of great mutual admiration inspiring a strong desire to work together and share in an artistic adventure. Both the audio and visual experience in Noor will be a departure for Arabesque and a great challenge for all participating.
Arabesque dancer artists have been training in Debke with Kranti, exercising footwork instead of the usual belly work they are used to. Of course, beloved bellydance will still be part of the repertoire with new exciting choreographies and two remounts; Ikaa and Coffee Shop. I am very excited to perform a duet with flamenco dance artist Valeria Scannura, pairing the soft, undulating nuances of bellydance with foot stopping, fierceness of flamenco.
The orchestra has more than doubled in number, adding male and female back-up vocals to accompany Bassam Bishara. A four piece violin section led by Fathi Al Jarrah and the flamenco guitar styling of Roger Scannura will help to bring the Andalusian music alive. The number one piece of recorded music used by today’s bellydancers all over the world called Yearnings features beautiful violin phrases played by Fathi. In Noor, this piece will be played live for the first time ever."
- Yasmina Ramzy
About Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra
Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra is Canada's leading Middle Eastern dance and music ensemble. The company consists of 17 male and female dance artists trained in 14 different styles of Middle Eastern dance led by Yasmina Ramzy, and 14 acoustic musicians led by Bassam Bishara.
The company tours internationally and has staged seven major productions featuring both traditional and ground-breaking choreographies and musical compositions. It performs in such theatres as the Hummingbird Centre for the Arts, Premiere Dance Theatre and Madison Square Gardens. Arabesque has performed alongside such artists as Albania, National Ballet of Canada, Began Mortazavi, Amr Diab, The Rolling Stones, Rageb Alema and Ben Harper to name a few. Having received numerous awards for artistic excellence, the innovative choreographies and rich acoustic music has the ability to move an audience to tears or on their feet dancing with joy. The company has garnered rave reviews for its high standard of art.
March 3 – 6, 2011Dance
In Noor (Light), Arabesque Dance Company & Orchestra explores new realms of music and dance with many exciting guest artists. The Muwashshahaat tradition of ancient spiritual poetry expressed through the musical nuances of Andalusia, as well as Egyptian bellydance, Spanish flamenco and Lebanese debke all round out this new production.
Passionate, vibrant, mystical and sensual, this unique and highly creative ensemble of 17 male and female dance artists led by Yasmina Ramzy and 14 musicians led by Bassam Bishara will reach in and grab your heart. A not to be missed collaboration of diverse, internationally celebrated dance artists and musicians share unique and vibrant art inspired by ancient traditions.
Special Guests: Fathi Al Jarrah, Roger Scannura, Valeria Scannura, Kranti
"Seduces completely" – The Globe and Mail
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