美國鑲金響尾蛇線上雜誌對2008 DDM FESTIVAL 的專題報導
Most of DDM event/workshops were held at Taipei, where major bellydance and Middle East performance art resources gathered, and Fongzi Bellydance at Taichung invited Nagi to give troupe members internal training on rhythm/movement and basic finger cymbal techniques. It is rapidly increasing demand from middle/southern Taiwan to have more Arab/MED art resources as bellydance grows more popular around Taiwan.
Great Finale! - DDM Hafla Night
The first DDM Hafla Night was held at the auditorium of Ming-sheng Community Center on the evening of October 12, 2008. Diplomatic envoys from several Arab cultural areas and Taipei parliament member Mr. Shih-cheng Wu came for the performance. Du invites several local major troupes and percussion/rhythmic groups to present a three-session hafla to the local audiences. The three sessions were named as Halla, Shadia and Hodia, Tunisian terms for entrance dance, joyful dance and enjoyment. This is how Du and her troupe Al Maha Middle East Ensemble vision DDM and this is the message that all participants for the hafla wish to deliver to the audience as well.
Al Maha performed several experimental pieces including ATS with Chi Drum and Japanese flute, Tabla dialoguing with tap dance, and an outstanding fan duet with live percussion performance. This is very few and exceptional to the local bellydance community as well as local audience since we don’t have much resources and musicians available for live Arab percussion.
Other than Taipei-based troupes Arabesque Troupe and DanceDivas, Isis Bellydance Company from Taoyuan, Fongzi Bellydance Company from Taichung and Magic Wonderland Arabe Dance & Bellydance Company from Kaohsiung also participated to show their support for DDM.
As guest performer, Karim Nagi also presents three sessions of performance: percussion, Arab folk dance (Dabka & Tahteeb) and turbo tabla. The audience and dancers at back stage as well, were awed by his amazing stage performance and percussion techniques. Without much surprise, the audience was not very contented and they wanted more of Nagi’s performance. Right after his third performance piece Turbo Tabla, the audience shouted for encore. Nagi thus had encore piece with several local bellydancers to demonstrate how percussion could work well with dancers.
Audience was very impressed with the organizer Du’s well-preparation. Overall, they love the performance very much for the flawless program and rich contents. They are very impressive with Nagi’s live percussion performance as well as his vivid Arab folk dances. Even though the audience may not know the context or meaning behind each movement of the Tahteeb (stick dance), they know it is story-telling and just simply enjoy it for the joy and vitality of dance. For dancers and percussionists who participated in this hafla night, they learned more from Nagi’s live performance and gained more exposure to the public audience. This is a wonderful win-win finale and we definitely look forward to another DDM in 2010.
Al Maha Middle East Drum & Dance Ensemble performed American Tribal Style with Japanese fusion costume and live Chi drum
Christine Du (center), leading female drummers and organizer of DDM
Dancers learn Middle Eastern dance rhythms and movement with Karim Nagi
Fongzi Bellydance Company from Taichung
Gina Chen, director of Magic Wonderland Arabe Dance & Bellydance Company, from Kaohsiung, South Taiwan
Jane Chung, director of DanceDivas performed cymbals and drum solo
Karim and Christine,
Grand Finale of DDM
Karim Nagi and Fongzi Bellydance Company, with troupe director Vanessa Wung (center with black top), October 11, 2008, Taichung
Tabla Workshop with Karim Nagi, October 7, 2008, Taipei
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