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From the Aures to New York: Indigenous Algerian Dance Workshop and Couscous

December 11 @ 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

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From the Aures to New York: Indigenous Algerian Dance Workshop and Couscous

Date And Time

Wed, December 11, 2019

6:30 PM – 10:00 PM EST

Location

City Lore

56 East 1st Street

New York, NY 10003

Tickets

$15 ($20 at the door)

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EVENT DESCRIPTION:

In Algeria, the Aures Mountains and surrounding Wilayas are home to the Chaoui tribe, one subgroup of the native North Africans of the Maghreb known as Imazighen (singular – Amazigh). Amazigh means “free person” and is the name of the overall indigenous groups across Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, and even Egypt.  

The Chaoui tribe has a distinct dance that is centered around literally bouncing one’s belly. This dance is known to represent the fertility, strength, and maternal energy of Chaoui women and their land. 

Join Esraa Warda, teaching and performance artist of North African traditional dance, in a dance workshop and a communal seksou (couscous) dinner in community. 

 

ARTIST DESCRIPTION: 

Esraa Warda is a dancer of Algerian origin focused on teaching/performing Moroccan and Algerian traditional dance styles. As an educator, she prioritizes the preservation and transmission of traditional North African movement knowledge amongst community. Warda is a rebellious spirit who challenges North African traditional norms and stigmas that limit women’s public expression and movement. She is one of the few native artists pushing for Moroccan/Algerian dance to be recognized as a distinguished artistic expression.

 

CITIZEN FOLKLIFE OVERALL PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Esraa Warda is a Mellon Intern for the Citizen Folklife initiative in partnership with the Brooklyn Arts Council. She is currently developing a series of videos and collecting fieldwork on Algerian living traditions in New York – by collaborating with elder women who have preserved their cultural practices and traditions through migration. Warda’s cultural research is centered around women’s intergenerational transmission and the power that exists in everyday life through music, food, and movement from our mothers, aunts, and grandmothers. She has interviewed and filmed elder women in the Moroccan and Algerian community with the goal of preserving the knowledge that is still alive. 

Chaoui dance is a style that is often danced by elder women and was taught to Warda through her aunts. This dance carries the energy and prototype of the agricultural maternal Chaoui woman and she hopes to pass that down to folks in New York.

Details

Date:
December 11
Time:
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Cost:
$15
Event Category:

Venue

City Lore Gallery
56 E. 1st Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Phone:
212-529-1955 x18
Website:
citylore.org

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