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 Post subject: Re: Dance Art and War
PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2003 9:39 am 
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Belly Dancer Loses Freedom in Post-Saddam Iraq

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Milad Siri wears an Islamic head scarf and a long black abaya on her way to work and carries a hand gun in her purse. <a href=http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20030618/lf_nm/iraq_dancer_dc_1 target=_blank>more</a>


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 Post subject: Re: Dance Art and War
PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2003 1:49 pm 
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THE ARTS IN TODAY'S IRAQ

What will we say now?

Without tyranny to resist, Iraqi artists ponder other themes


Patrick Healy
Boston Globe

BAGHDAD -- Under throbbing red lights, a strapping, shirtless Othello tugs the lithe waist of a swooning Desdemona into his grinding hips. Her head falls back in a moment of ecstasy, her long brown hair undone, free. He bends to kiss her lips, her neck, her chest. . . <a href=http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/173/living/What_will_we_say_now_+.shtml target=_blank>more</a>


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 Post subject: Re: Dance Art and War
PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2003 3:09 am 
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's National Symphony Orchestra held its first concert since the ouster of Saddam Hussein, performing a patriotic song that predates the former dictator and brought tears to the eyes of the audience.
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 Post subject: Re: Dance Art and War
PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2003 12:43 pm 
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Christians Help Israelis in West Bank

JASON KEYSER
Associated Press

ARIEL, West Bank - Digging into the West Bank soil, Christians from suburban Denver plant seedlings in a vineyard as a blessing for the 18,000 Jews who have built a town here on land the Palestinians claim for their state.

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During their annual tours of Israel, the visitors also perform Israeli pop songs in wobbly Hebrew and Israeli folk dances for audiences of settlers and soldiers. <a href=http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20030628/ap_on_re_mi_ea/israel_christians_for_zion_2 target=_blank>more on Yahoo</a>


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2003 3:10 am 
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Cheyenne perform Victory Dance to honor Marine tank driver
Story by BRYAN O'CONNOR for The Billingsgate Gazette (Wyoming)

In the past few months, a Northern Cheyenne man became a warrior in Iraq. On Wednesday his friends and family celebrated his safe return and his ascendancy to warrior status near Lame Deer.

For the first time since soldiers returned from World War II, the Cheyenne Victory Dance Celebration was held in honor of Lance Cpl. Lomar Wandering Medicine, 21.

Wandering Medicine is a tank driver in Delta Company, 1st Tank Battalion, 5th Marine Expeditionary Force. The ceremony included a naming ritual, and Wandering Medicine also practiced counting coup on Iraqi flags that he took from one of Saddam Hussein's presidential palaces.

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 Post subject: Re: Dance Art and War
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2003 10:19 am 
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<small>Daimohk - Chechen Children's Dance Ensemble
Irrisistable or what?</small>

Press Release

The Centre for Peacemaking and Community Development (CPCD), a British NGO working in Chechnya, presents:

DAIMOHK—CHECHEN CHILDREN'S DANCE ENSEMBLE

Bringing an inspirational message of joy and hope out of a war zone.

4-5 July Barbican Plymouth

8-10 July Riverside Studios London

(full tour details at bottom)

From the bombed-out city of Grozny where they live in unremitting conditions of war, 33 children are touring Europe with their breathtaking ancient and dynamic dances, performing to packed houses and standing ovations. Ramzan Akhmadov, former star of the Chechen National Ballet, directs these exceptional children in the traditional dances of the Caucasus region, from graceful, kaleidoscopic formations to energising acrobatics, somersaults and sword-throwing. The children perform to the mesmerizing accompaniment of traditional drums and balalaikas. The dynamic performances are the most remarkable message to come out of a war zone.

Dispersed by war to border camps, outlying villages and the basement shelters of Grozny, CPCD has helped to reunite the dancers for Daimohk's 2003 European tour. The children, cultural ambassadors of Chechnya, astonish audiences with the vitality and sheer professionalism of their dancing and musical talents. In the context of war, cultural affirmation is for the children both a defence and a release. Director Ramzan Akhmadov explains that Daimohk allows the children who form the ensemble to express their emotion through music and dance: 'through dance we explode, we let ourselves go'.

CPCD, who offer support to victims of conflict in the North Caucasus through a variety of projects, have partnered Daimohk since 2000. Chris Hunter, General Director of CPCD is available for interview, together with Daimohk's Director Ramzan Akhmadov and CPCD colleague Camilla Carr, who travelled to Chechnya in 1997 to set up a centre for traumatised children. Captured and held hostage in Grozny for 14 months, Camilla drew on her memories of young dancers from Grozny during her captivity. 'The memory of the dignity and courage of the dancing children of Chechnya helped me survive', explains Camilla.

Jane Birkin, of Je t'aime fame, was so inspired that within two days of first seeing Daimohk she organized a sell-out performance at the Théâtre du Soleil in Paris, and continues to support and promote the group.


Tour details

4-5 July 7.30 Barbican Plymouth
Box office: 01752 267 131

8-10 July 7.45 Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London
Box office: 020 8237 1111

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For more details about the Company contact:

Hannah Whitley, Daimohk European Tour Coordinator, CPCD:

Tel/fax: 0208 374 14 64

Mobile: 07814 938 005

Email: Daimohk@cpcd.org.uk


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 Post subject: Re: Dance Art and War
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2003 10:30 am 
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In San Francisco, there's a children's dance group that performs dances from the Caucasus region (Georgia), directed by an emigre Georgian dancer. Even that group does some impressive dancing, so the dancing in Daimohk must be amazing.


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 Post subject: Re: Dance Art and War
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2003 11:45 am 
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Subject Is U.S., Object Is Art

GRACE GLUECK
NY Times

SCENE: the day room of a nursing home as a television set burbles on. <a href=http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/04/arts/design/04GLUE.html target=_blank>more</a>


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 Post subject: Re: Dance Art and War
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2003 12:10 pm 
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I wonder whether Lawrence Rinder, the Whitney's curator of contemporary art, chose only works that already existed, or also solicited new ones for this theme. (I don't really know how curators go about selecting works.)

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 Post subject: Re: Dance Art and War
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Refugee teens dance to inform the world
Palestinian troupe kicks off U.S. tour in Oakland
By Shadi Rahimi for the Alameda Times Star

OAKLAND -- As a young child, Rashed Abualia thought the world ended just past the 6-foot-high fence surrounding the Dheisheh refugee camp.
It wasn't until he left his home -- near the city of Bethlehem in the Israeli occupied West Bank -- at age 12 that he realized there was more to life than what he knew.

"I had never gone outside," Abualia, now 21, said. "We were really inside this jail."

Abualia and 29 other Palestinian children were the first to participate in a cultural exchange program founded by a French journalist in 1994. That year, they left their refugee camp for the first time and flew to Paris to perform traditional dance and theatrical choreography that illustrated what life is like for Palestinian refugees.

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 Post subject: Re: Dance Art and War
PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2003 11:32 am 
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Iraq exhibit shows off recovered treasures

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Baghdad, Iraq - The sacred, 5,200-year-old Vase of Warka lies on its side in 15 pieces - a casualty of war. <a href=http://www.cleveland.com/artsandevents/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/entertainment/1057578947291750.xml target=_blank>more in the Cleveland Plain Dealer</a>


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 Post subject: Re: Dance Art and War
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2003 12:15 pm 
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It's more about Irish dancing but I like the opening paragraph:

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When Irish Feet Are Dancing, the World Loves It

Michael Roddy
Reuters

KILLARNEY, Ireland (Reuters) - The way Owen Barrington sees it, if everyone in the world did Irish dance, there'd be no more wars. <a href=http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20030629/lf_nm/ireland_irishdance_dc_1 target=_blank>more on Yahoo</a>


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 Post subject: Re: Dance Art and War
PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2003 12:07 am 
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Ibdaa, the dance group that is the subject of the article in Stuart’s post above (“Refugee teens dance to inform the world”), is also the subject of a 2002 documentary that has once again been making the rounds of the PBS stations in the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s called “The Children of Ibdaa: To Create Something Out of Nothing.” I had seen part of it before, but when I saw it again recently, I realized it was about the very dance group that I’m going to see this Saturday in San Francisco. It’s a moving documentary, concerned primarily with the non-dancing, non-performing part of these kids’ lives.

Other PBS stations around the US might also schedule showings of “The Children of Ibdaa” to coincide with Ibdaa’s tour of the US, so check your local listings. I don’t know whether there’ll be more showings on SF Bay Area stations; it was just on KTEH tonight, even though it wasn’t listed in the schedule I read.

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 Post subject: Re: Dance Art and War
PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2003 7:57 pm 
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Bleak Palestinian refugee camp inspires a beautiful spectacle
Teen touring troupe Ibdaa dances with sorrow, fear and a longing for freedom


Jonathan Curiel
SF Chronicle

It was supposed to be a temporary home, but 54 years later, the Dheisheh refugee camp in the West Bank only gets more crowded, not less. <a href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/07/11/DD233500.DTL target=_blank>more</a>


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2003 8:35 pm 
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Due to a series of unforeseen circumstances, I had to miss the SF performance. Aargh! Aargh, especially since I could easily have the performance in Oakland.


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