Two workshops plus an evening of live music & dance brought to you by the Indiana State Association of Middle Eastern Teachers & Dancers, Inc. (ISAMETD), a not-for-profit educational association promoting the art of Middle Eastern Dance since 1975!
Brazilian/American Oudist and Arabic Percussionist, JONATAN DERBAQ was born into a musical family where he grew up playing a number of stringed instruments and percussion since childhood, but it was upon a journey to discover more distant roots where he was introduced to the vast and colourful world of Middle-Eastern Music. It soon became a strong passion and through study and appreciation, his profound respect for the diverse array of Middle-Eastern music, language and culture has led him to work with an extensive number of musicians and dancers. Consistently striving to refine skill and enrich the artistic spirit, Jonatan maintains a steady routine of practice and academic study while seeking counsel wherever available. He has had the honour of receiving instruction from great and well known artists such as Husain Sabsaby, Youssef K.Boutros, Hossam Ramzy, Maurice Rouman Sadak and Karim Nagi.
In 2010, Jonatan began collaboration with Seattle based Egyptian percussion master, George Sadak. The duo travels regularly within the United States where they teach workshops for Musicians and Dancers and perform in the group Mazaag. In early 2013 Mazaag released its first full length album. Jonatan currently resides in Memphis, Tn. where he performs for diverse audiences and works as an instructor of musical and rhythmic comprehension for both dancers and musicians.
DENIZ has studied, performed, and taught oriental dance for over 20 years, and has a background in Ballet and Modern Dance as well. An expert in Turkish, Lebanese, Egyptian, and American Caberet styles, she is also versed in some folk dance styles from those countries.
Deniz teaches Oriental dance at Sinclair College in Dayton, has taught in Turkey, and does workshops all over the US.
Her skills extend to choreography and performance that has been featured in Sinclair Dance Department concerts, as well as private productions by the Quagmire Dance Company, and Sandstorm Productions in Dayton Ohio.
As performing is the key to understanding an art fully, Deniz has performed for Turkish, Greek and Arabic audiences throughout the United States, in dinner theaters as well as private ethnic functions like festivals, weddings and other celebrations.
She has performed with the noted middle eastern musicians Hakan Kaya, Karim Nagi, John Bilezikjian, and Omar Faruk Tekbilek. One of her most cherished performance experiences was being the feature entertainer at a private gathering in Istanbul, Turkey.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9-10 a.m. Shopping and registration
10 a.m.-noon Be the Maqam
noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch and shopping
1:30-3:30 p.m. Musicality for Dancers
3:30 p.m. Show organizer's meeting with performers
7:00 p.m. Doors open
7:30 p.m. Show
Morning workshop $45
Afternoon workshop $45
Both workshops $85
After July 12: each workshop $50; both $95
Morning workshop $50
Afternoon workshop $50
Both workshops $95
After July 12: each workshop $55; both $105
MUSICALITY FOR DANCERS: Get inside the mind of the musician and the body of the music as we take you on a journey within a dissected piece of music. Here we expose the building blocks of Arabic Dance Music, allowing the dancer to simplify their methods of interpretation and delivery. We will be working extensively with both the usage of improvisational techniques and exercises along with a series of routine drills designed for practical application. We focus on empowering the dancer as an artist by equipping her mind, body and spirit with a solid combination of technique and understanding, strengthening confidence and capability, allowing her to have more freedom to create and inspire within a professional format.
BE THE MAQAM: Explore the depths of your own creativity and strengthen your individual artistic expression by harnessing the emotional content of the music. Get inside the art of Taqasim as we break it down to examine both its structural and spiritual essences, a study which gives light to the foundational "mood" of all music. This workshop delivers a simple and methodical approach to an abstract art, providing the dancer with a unique set of tools for building on to their existing repertoire.