If you are curious and interested in becoming involved in the dabke dance culture, we would be delighted to welcome you into our group.
As more people are becoming interested in the dance, if you decide to join, your performance will draw attention around Winnipeg, a major cultural hub of Canada. You will be in demand and under the spotlight, as there is a high level of interest in traditional dances and expert performers are widely sought after.
Not only is it a way to feel like a part of the Palestinian culture and to learn more about it through the dance, it is also a great workout! We will built an enriching and innovative team for our new work to develop.
Members are encouraged to think creatively and to work together. We are strong on collaboration. We want to share our cultural expression and our innovative talents with others. We want to experience joy, pride and glory, and we want to have fun.
Being a member of the group will require ongoing commitment, not only to participate in plans, but a commitment to continue practicing. Every single minute on stage is the result of approximately two hours of choreography and rehearsal.
As we become more proficient we will accept invitations to perform. Music and dance are art forms that have to be witnessed in the making thereof: our members experience the vivid satisfaction of working with other dancers and choreographers and the electrifying audience response.
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Dabke is a fun, energetic, and amazing dance mostly performed in Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.
A traditional line dance, the Dabke (meaning "stamping of the feet") is a beautiful sight to behold. Our lives are filled with our own beliefs, ideals and values, and we are not afraid to embrace them.
The dance symbolizes, in many ways, the Palestinian culture in motion: filled with agile steps, stomps and jumps, the movement totally unifies itself with the spirit of a true Palestinian, in being upbeat, happy and spontaneous, no matter what the circumstance.
We have lived lives fraught with tension, dread and sadness, yet we have made it a point to not look back into the negative aspects, but rather move ahead and look forward to keeping the true spirit of our race alive in our hearts. Dance is important.
The Dabke is a confirmation of your inner Palestinian, the dance steps dedicated to show that despite our struggles, fears and sadness, we will not be repressed, but we will move forward, be positive and exude a friendly aura, enjoying every moment of our life fully.
Through dance and music we will stay connected with our roots, and share it with the world, so that we display our joy, pride and glory to the fullest extent and have a lot of fun too!
Each dance tells a story, whether a representation of traditional village life or a portrayal of Palestinian history. For example, there is the dance of the keys, one of the more potent symbols of Palestinian identity, which tells the story of the loss and dispossession of 1948 and the hope of return. Our Zareef Dabke group creates a powerful cultural performance, blending modern interpretations with the traditional dabke dance of our heritage.
We have chosen to move dabke out of the stagnant museums of culturally interesting activities into the realm of a participative and live expression of our day to day cultural experience. It can be a contemporary Palestinian dance form, reinvented as a means of preserving traditional culture and reflecting contemporary life in Palestine.
We are performing to confirm our inner Palestinians, a dedication to show that despite our struggles, fears and sadness, we will not be oppressed but we move forward. We are positive and exude a friendly aura, enjoying every moment of our life fully.
Our dabke interpretations are adaptations that reflect the experiences of our complex Palestinian narrative. Our performances will provide a vision of the Palestinian people through their music and dance performances. This is a cultural resistance that is an essential component that reflects on our past and future as well as the day to day realities of living under occupation. Then each performance will be followed by a brief description of the arts and the leading policy behind.
We all know that as Palestinians, we have our own complexities, an EPIC tragedy; our themes reflect loss, displacement, oppression, exile, resistance, prisoners, refugees, occupation. Our show will reveal just that, the passionate voice of the Palestinian people. We Palestinians have a history of activism through protest songs.
In doing a performance in front of Canadians at our Nakba concert, we are sending a strong message without complex explanations or boring lectures.
Art has long been a powerful medium of activist expression. Music is a universal language affirming and expressing our opinions, traditions and meanings of life within a culture, and dance extends that experience to a vivid, breathtaking emotional expression of our culture and our history. It is also a great way of showing that we, Palestinians are in no way isolated or alone, but that we form a strong community, based on essential cultural elements no matter where we go.
Our audience will hear the haunting sounds of traditional Arabic instruments: the Ney, Qanun, Oud, in harmony with songs of resistance as we all believe in the enduring richness and vibrancy of our artistic heritage.
Art, culture, dance and politics blended seamlessly in Winnipeg on September 21, 2014, with the performance of Dancing Tragedies and Dreams, a production of the Canadian Palestinian Association of Manitoba, at Prairie Theatre Exchange.
Dancing Tragedies and Dreams featured dances from Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt as well as an exciting performance of Poi dance from New Zealand, propelled by the music of El Funon Popular Dance Troupe of Palestine. Talk about fusion! Eleven months in the making, Dancing Tragedies and Dreams was the brain child of Rana Abdulla and involved dozens of volunteers working evenings and weekends to bring it to fruition. In preparing this event, Rana’s dream was to bridge the divide between Western and Arabic worlds and to amplify the cry of Palestinians for peace, human rights and social justice.
Dancing Tragedies and Dreams
The Five Keys, Zareef Dabke Group