About Amel Tafsout:
teaching technique focuses on sharing the spiritual energies
and her movements come from inside and is charged with pure
energies. While Amel, the Berber woman, moves closer to the souls
of the women, they in turn become more aware of their own strength
and are able to recover their spiritual balance through dance.
The word 'healing' is not mentioned but what happens here is nothing
less than that.'
-Gizella Hartmann, in 'Orient Magazine', Germany, nr 1, 2002
a performance by Amel Tafsout' Strong woman, passionate, formidable
cultural ambassador, internationally acclaimed, spiritual, Medicine
woman, patient, gentle, academic, linguist, powerful ambience
surrounding her' - All true. But there is the rest: the humor!'
Amel dance, is a cathartic experience. She dances from the very
core of herself. sensuality is expressed as power and generosity.
She has a direct stare, a presence that can only come from the
true knowledge of herself and her art. She is a unique performer
and there is no one else who dances like her.
-Beatrice Parvin, in Habibi magazine, Vol.18. No 1. 1999,
Santa Barbara, U.S.A.
Tafsout will seem to you like a voyager between countries, culture
and languages. Having worked and lived all over the world, unsurprisingly,
migration has been a constant theme in Tafsout's work. Her name
means 'Hope of Spring', and she is among the most charismatic
and acclaimed professional world performers and master dance
instructors of North African traditional and contemporary Maghreb
Dance of our time. With an M.A degree in Sociolinguistics and
research in dance anthropology, Tafsout is keenly aware of the
impact culture has in the art of dance. Raised in Algeria among
the finest traditional dancers and musicians. Tafsout was fascinated
by dance and music as a small child.
traveling the globe as an adult, she studied dances of her neighboring
countries as well as Middle Eastern, European folk, African
and Afro-Cuban dances. In her early twenties Tafsout moved to
Germany where she founded the Pan Arabic dance company 'Banat
As Sahra'. In the late 80s Tafsout moved to London, U.K. where
she taught and performed at various dance and music festivals
and founded 'The Tafsoutettes' Dance company.
currently performing and teaching worldwide Amel is living in
the U.S.A. Tafsout has lectured, danced, taught, sung and conducted
anthropological research in many countries. She also published
many articles related to dance and Maghreb women in academic
and popular magazines. Her research focuses on the Ritual in
Maghreb dances as well as looking at dance as a healing form.
uses her expertise to teach master classes in dance, drumming
and singing for students from various countries and backgrounds.
Her progressive style of teaching, enhances the spontaneous
fusion between dance and music, sound and vision.
Weekend Intensive With Amel Tafsout
July 10th-11th in Providence, RI
Saturday July 10th, 2010
1:00pm - 3:00pm: Roots of Tribal
workshop will introduce basic movements and steps , appropriate
posture , arm - hand positions , hip combination and hip accentuation
useful for North African Maghreb dance. Amel Tafsout will focus
on drills to increase the feeling of the North African rhythms ,
enabling working in duets in a journey through the Maghreb
3:30 - 5:30pm: Dancing
to Rai Music
also called the "Algerian Blues" has its roots in Bedouin
culture and its evolution in the city with It is a semi-city dance
from West Algeria.
Amel will introduce the various traditional dance techniques and
teach her own dance choreography. Dancing to Rai is having the Fluidity
of the Arabo-Andalusian roots, the Strength of the mythical Berber-Amazigh
Priestess, the Earthiness of the African soul, the Inspiration of
the Sahara Desert and the expression of the great Mediterranean
Seaport of the city of Wahran.
Amel Tafsout & featured dancers. Doors: 7:00pm
Event Schedule: Sunday
July 11th, 2010
Nuba: A Journey through the Maghreb
including Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco
In this workshop Amel Tafsout will introduce the various dance
movements that are specific to each country, such as the Tunisian
hip twists, the Moroccan hips and belly drops the Algerian hip figures
of eights and various steps. She will teach the similarities and
differences in each dance, talk about costuming ( head dress, dress
and jewelry) ,give some background of each dance and teach a short
choreography useful to each style. Bring textiles & material
Frame Drumming, Singing, & Movement
drums are one of the most ancient types of musical instruments.
They have a simple structure with strong spiritual and entertaining
qualities. The Bendir is a frame drum used by as a traditional
instrument throughout North Africa by men and women. After introducing
the Bendir and other frame drums, Amel Tafsout will show
how to develop your frame drum technique and understand the richness
and the diversity of the Bendir sound. She will also not
only teach how to practice the traditional North African rhythms,
but also how to sing them while playing. The students will then
learn a song with its pronounciation and phrasing as well as its
rhythm and dance. Amel developed this traditional experience in
her teaching, which combines Drumming, Singing and Movement. This
creativity has enhanced the spontaneous fusion of Dance and Music,
Sound and Vision.
workshops and show will take place at Perishable Theater
& Studios in downtown Providence, Rhode Island.
**Performance opportunities for the evening show will be available
to registered workshop attendees only, and will be chosen by submission
per workshop after July 1st
Show Ticket: $15, 2/$25 by 7/9, $20 at door if available.
Intensive Package Pricing:
Weekend Package (all 4 workshops + show ticket) = $185.00
Please note that class size is limited to 24 participants ONLY.
The pricing has been set in order to make it possible for New
England to experience Amel while providing an intimate and professional
experience for all participants.
HERE TO REGISTER!
Questions? please email us
with "Amel" in the title.
refunds unless the event is canceled.