WORKSHOP: “Dabke Workshop,” with Karim Nagi

This event is part of the series "How Performance Can Challenge Negative Stereotypes about Otherness."  Literally meaning "Stomp" in Arabic, Dabke is a group dance found in the Eastern Arab countries. Performed mostly as a unisex line dance, Dabke is avidly done at the weddings and parties of Lebanese, Syrian, Jordanian and Palestinian communities. The movements include rhythmic stomping, kicking, sidewards walking, hopping and jumping. In social settings, the dancers hold hands and form long moving lines or wide rotating circles. You may also find Dabke used as a form of non-violent social protest during war and conflicts. But it is primarily a proud and energetic group line dance enjoyed by all ages and both genders. Workshop participants will learn several common dabke steps. Wear flat, comfortable shoes and expect to sweat!

This series brings Jennifer Miller and Karim Nagi to Indiana University to perform and present their insights on how performance can redirect the gaze from one of fearing difference to one of appreciating diverse voices, bodies, and beings. The series will conclude with local performance work and a dialogue on the power of performance as a tool for combatting the stigmatizing gaze. This series brings to IU two expert artists working in very different performance styles to address the significant stigmas they regularly face in the U.S. public sphere. As a bearded woman, Miller confronts gender confusion on a daily basis. As a skilled circus director and performer, she has used her personal experience of being “othered” to create performances that help audiences see into an experience of gender fluidity that can be liberating and joyous. Nagi's research and career demonstrate how familiarity between cultural groups reduces racism. His outreach campaign teaches Arab music and dance in public schools and communities. He seeks to improve relations among those groups and dispel stereotypes. Nagi uses the arts to fight prejudice, gain respect, and find a role for Arab-Americans in American culture.


Monday September 11, 2017 05:00 PM
Monday September 11, 2017 06:30 PM
Indiana Memorial Union (Union Building), Frangipani Room
Meg Morley
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This event is part of Themester 2017 Diversity • Difference • Otherness.
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