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JoY - Saturday

I arrived good & early on the Friday, but I wasn't feeling entirely well, and opted to miss the Friday Night Open Platform. I did a bit of beading and met up with diva_c who was rooming with me, and we went for a bite to eat, and chatting and putting the world to rights.

Saturday was my lazy day- I had one workshop, in the late afternoon, so I spent the morning and early afternoon looking through the souk and chatting with various people. I ended up agreeing to write a CD review for NADA. I bought my sagat and stick, and chatted with the man from the Keighley market fabric stall about plain black lycra, and what sort of fabric I liked, and he might want to bring along tomorrow.

The workshop with Luna was on Mawal. It was *exactly* the sort of workshop I love- discussion about the music and the lyrics, and making sure the dancing is properly reflecting the content of the music. We used the mawal from Esmaouni and (on a completely different tack!) the mawal from El Einab, which is crayzee!

Straight after that class I dashed up to the JWAAD Teachers Association Safety Update session that Claire was running, so that I could introduce myself as the new Chair, and somehow, I ended up agreeing to another (longer-term) writing assignment for NADA. Damn that twitchy volunteering arm of mine!

After a quick bite to eat, it was the show. The highlights for me were:
- ALL of the Yasmina Spirit of Egypt Show. This has nothing to do with the fact that many of my friends were in it. It was just a beautiful joyful show. The seaside baladi was the most fun, but I did love the veil majency, and the elegance of Ahwak.
- Yasmina, doing Sha'abi (a seriously cute El Morgeha), and doing Habibi Waheshni (which choreography she taught in the Summer, and is beautiful).
- Mayodi, I enjoyed that he dances in a much more fluid style than a lot of male oriental dancers who seem to go all tickytocky at the drop of a hat. BUT having said that two Oriental solos was one too many, and he shouldn't have been the closer for both the second AND third set.
- Luna, whose dance style I am very much enjoying. Although I didn't get to benefit so much from her two numbers as she'd asked me to video them, and you just don't get the full audience experience if you're videoing someone.

There was a bit of a party in our room after the show, and wine was drunk. I do remember that I volunteered to be a stage manager for JoY in April.

Sunday post to follow...



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 17th, 2012 09:52 am (UTC)
I have to say that the Yasmina show didn't do it for me at all. I agree about Mayodi though. I adored Farah's Iraqi, even if it was tempered by the terror of the sunday workshop on it ....
Oct. 17th, 2012 09:57 am (UTC)
I did like her Iraqi, though her "sha'abi" felt more like old-school baladi, for me. I can't imagine myself ever doing that crazy head-flinging! Did she explain the knifework?
Oct. 17th, 2012 11:31 am (UTC)
She did a bit - it is to do with punishing oneself for sin. I had to sit out of the head-flinging, I went into that class with a pounding headache, so took it carefully.
Oct. 17th, 2012 11:57 am (UTC)
You are going to be a busy girl!
Oct. 17th, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
*groan* You're telling me!
Oct. 17th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
i'm skipping april , but hope to be there again next year!
Oct. 17th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
LOL Bea, you and that volunteer arm need to have a little talk
Oct. 17th, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
Oh that workshop sounds like my DREAM.
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