Rhythm and Movement with Souhail Kasapar and Ziva Emtiyaz!
The workshop that will change and evolve your dance for a lifetime! Ziva Emtiyaz assists Master Percussionist Souhail Kaspar to give dancers the tools needed to interpret the beautiful intricacies of Middle Eastern Music. The content of the workshop is invaluable and can translate to a plethera of dance forms.
Ziva has accompanied Souhail throughout the United States, Turkey, and as far as Japan. To bring "Rhythm and Movement" to your city, inquire today! Percussion lessons also available with Souhail Kaspar.
WHAT IS RHYTHM AND MOVEMENT?
DANCE THEORY WORKSHOP FOR EGYPTIAN RAQS AL SHARQI Souhail Kaspar, the originator of this unique style for teaching traditional Arabic dance theory, began his formal workshops in the United States in the 1980’s. In these classes he serves as a teacher and coach for all levels of dancers, drummers and musicians. Mr. Kaspar gives students the tools to “hear” Middle Eastern rhythm and music and the tools to match the traditional dance movements of Raqs al-Sharqi to what they hear. His presentation style is clear, precise and fun!
“I must be able to see the rhythm on the dancer’s body…she must translate the sounds of the rhythm, instrument and melodic line on her body in the right way… If the stage is dark and there is a spotlight only on the dancer, she will appear to be conducting the orchestra with her body.” S. Kaspar
Middle Eastern rhythms, music and dance developed together and their historical connection is quite specific. Mr. Kaspar brings the concepts of this traditional connection to his students everywhere. He de-mystifies the complexities of Middle Eastern music and gives a clear format for interpreting the music with dance. Both dancers and musicians will become familiar with the specific movements used to show the elements of music—rhythm, instrumentation and melodic dynamics—as well as the movements used to show the tones and techniques used for drum solos. The dance presentation of each element is described using explanations and demonstrations regarding the appropriate body part to use, the direction that body part must move in and the overall style and dramatic intensity applied to each movement. The concept of layering the various movements to match the intricacies of what is heard in the music is explained in detail and practiced! Students also learn when and how to incorporate ethnic folkloric movements into their classical and modern dance performances.
With this information the dancer will be able to perform to live and/or unfamiliar music with a sense of comfort and conviction as she/he will be able to interpret “in the moment” what is being played. Mr. Kaspar teaches easily applied concepts rather than memorized choreography!
Rhythm & Movement: Theory & Practice Understanding Arabic rhythms, melodies, and music. Applying to your dance. (See above)
Egyptian Choreography: Dancers learn an intricate Classical Egyptian choreography from Middle Eastern Dance artist, instructor and choreographer Ziva Emtiyaz. Dancers incorporate technique and knowledge acquired from the “Rhythm & Movement” portion into Ziva’s choreography. Ziva is an exceptional dancer who has intensively trained with Master Percussionist Souhail Kaspar.
The Drum Solo: Dancers use their knowledge from “Rhythm & Movement” to create their own proper drum solos. Dancers will creatively tranlsate the variety of drum sounds as they dictate movement used in drum solos. Also, dancers learn how to make their drum solo more action oriented and dynamic! Drummers learn how to work with the dancer, gain percussive tricks, better their technique and earn an understanding of stage etiquette.
Zils, Veils, & Costumes... oh my!: What to do, and what not to do. Knowing the history behind the dance. Understanding the correct usage of props as well as all other aspects of the full Raqs al Sharqi routine.