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So... JoY. Workshop stuff first.

I had a lovely weekend, seeing friends (that's always the best bit about JoY!), picking up my fabulous new Liberty Leading the People costume, taking workshops and seeing the shows.

I took three dance workshops and a costuming workshop from Eman on bras. Although Eman can't really stop just at bras, and talks about other costume elements too, of course! She was talking about trying to make it a proper thing, some time, a two day costuming intensive, where you have to do homework on the saturday night, and bring it in for critique on the sunday. Actually, I'd really like that.

I told Eman about diva_c & my Cairo Job Plans. We decided in Cairo, that we'd really like to stay there because we both love it so, but obviously we'd need jobs to support ourselves. So I was going to be a beading homeworker for Eman, and C was going to be a tuktuk driver. Eman looked at me with a very understanding smile!

The first dance workshop I did was with Nesma, doing Oriental. I was taking a punt on this, because I hadn't investigated Nesma at all, I was trusting to Mandy's judgement. She always brings good teachers to JoY. I liked Nesma's approach, she was teaching the choreo in combinations. As ever, I would not perform or teach her choreography, but I really liked the elements of it, and will definitely be using these in some way. She puts moves together well, which is only to be expected, if she's Reda-trained. And seeing her in the show, I could really appreciate her use of the dance space.

On the Sunday, I had a workshop on Oum Khalsoum with Eman, which was a sheer joy! We learned a bit about Baligh Hamdi, and we worked on Sert el Hob. Eman gave us her translation, and her emotional interpretation of the song. The technique used wasn't the issue, although the technique she uses is interesting and deceptively simple. The main point, though, was to dance it with the feeling. Since that's becoming increasingly how I want to dance, this workshop was heavenly! I love how she's always so transported by the music.

I had booked myself onto the extra end-of-the-day Randa workshop. That was only possible because I had unexpectedly driven up (train booking cock-up, my own stupid fault) and because the lovely diva_c was putting me up overnight. I enjoyed the workshop and I took some nice technique and combinations away with me. I'm not really a Randa-style dancer. I have to take what I've learned from her and apply filters to it, to make it useful for me. So she's a more long-term benefit to me.

What I need to do now is assimilate all this new material by teaching it to my poor benighted students!

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hazelstitch
Apr. 24th, 2013 02:08 pm (UTC)
Your poor benighted students have it easy. Anna too Zomzom's dabke workshop, and is inflicting that on us!

I would love a costuming intensive too, although not at JoY as there is no time for homework, there is a show to go to!
replyhazy
Apr. 24th, 2013 03:21 pm (UTC)
reveal unto us some stuff about Baligh Hamdi!
beafarhana
Apr. 24th, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
Well, for example: he took a little while to find his voice.

A master composer, Zakaria Ahmed started work on a beautiful song, for Oum Khalsoum. She loved what he had done, but he died before it was finished. So she asked another master composer, Mohammed Fawzi to finish the piece. He told her, no, but there's an up & coming composer who I think you should ask, and he introduced her to Baligh Hamdi. He took on the job of completing the song. That song was Ansak.
replyhazy
Apr. 24th, 2013 05:13 pm (UTC)
WOW!
suzycat
Apr. 29th, 2013 08:45 am (UTC)
KEWL!
beladibaby
Apr. 24th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
My students have taken to greeting me anytime I get back from a workshop with "What new fresh hell are you going to inflict on us now" LOL!!! I keep telling them its the only way for me to concrete what I've learned into my muscle memory is to share...*grin*
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