Arabesque to Present SAWAH at Fleck Dance Theatre, 4/10-13
Critically acclaimed dance and music ensembleArabesque returns after a year's hiatus with the world premiere of its production,SAWAH. The show runs April 10 - 13, 2014 at the Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay W) as part of Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps Series. The performance includes over 20 dancers and 20 musicians.
SAWAH is directed and choreographed by Arabesque founder Yasmina Ramzy and directed and composed by Bassam Bishara and Suleiman Warwar. Arabesque brings Western sensibilities to traditional Arab style. They create large intricate ensemble performances, while maintaining the essence of the improvised tradition.
"The creation of any Arabesque performance involves an evolution of ideas and styles. It's a very collaborative process. We're like the United Nations of dance and music," says Ramzy.
The Toronto dance company boasts a diverse, multicultural cast originating from 12 countries, including Tunisia, Peru, Jamaica, Lebanon, Iran etc. Among the 43 artists are five dancers who commute from Montreal to Toronto for rehearsals.
SAWAH is an Arabic word that means traveler or wanderer. The show evokes the sense of joy and freedom one feels when embarking on an exciting journey to new far off places. It's a celebration of Middle Eastern culture and art and how it has found a new home in Canada.
Photo credit: Peter Lear