One Day in Istanbul Spotlight – Asmaa Zafeera

Asmaa Zafeera - 44 
Hometown: St Petersburg, Russia

Aiming to empower London-based women, Ozgen’s One Day in Istanbul presented by Dunya is an innovative community project that brings together a mix of amateur and professional dancers from diverse backgrounds to take part in an Ottoman Turkish-inspired dance theatre show at the Cockpit Theatre on 2nd December 2012.…

One Day in Istanbul Spotlight – Rasheeka

Age 31
Hometown Gdansk, Poland

Aiming to empower London-based women, Ozgen’s One Day in Istanbul presented by Dunya is an innovative community project that brings together a mix of amateur and professional dancers from diverse backgrounds to take part in an Ottoman Turkish-inspired dance theatre show at the Cockpit Theatre on 2nd December 2012.…

Day of the Girl – Body Image

Celebrate International Day of the Girl by joining us at Hafla on the Hill on Oct 19th supporting Rosa. Get ready to participate in our raffle quiz featuring this girl’s empowerment fact.

BODY IMAGE – More than half (54%) of 3rd-5th grade girls worry about their appearance and 37% worry about their weight. More than half (57%) of music videos feature a female portrayed exclusively as a decorative, sexual object.

Watch this video on influences in the media about body image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei6JvK0W60I&feature=related

Day of the Girl – Economic Justice

Celebrate International Day of the Girl by joining us at Hafla on the Hill on Oct 19th supporting Rosa. Get ready to participate in our raffle quiz featuring this girl’s empowerment fact.

 

ECONOMIC JUSTICE – 2 in 3 people on the UK National Minimum Wage are women. All women in the UK should have the opportunity for economic stability and success in their lives.

 

More women than ever before are earning now – but usually far less than men, even if they’re doing the same job. Women also lose out when it comes to moving up the career ladder or having flexible working options. Girls from disadvantaged backgrounds find it hardest of all to get ahead. And lack of affordable childcare keeps talented women out of the job market altogether.

 

Watch this TED video on ‘why we have too few women leaders’ by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO. http://www.ted.com/talks/sheryl_sandberg_why_we_have_too_few_women_leaders.html

Be Here Now – London’s Spectacular Arabic Dance Show

Be Here Now is the bold, new multi-media dance show from Arabian Dance Theatre. The unique event is an explosion of modern, Arabic dance, music and culture – inspired by the events of the Arab Spring movement and its parallels with the 2011 London Riots.

This inspirational production, appropriately takes place in Tottenham, at the world-class Bernie Grant Arts Centre, on 12th and 13th of October 2012.

Dunya Bellydance’s Co-Founder, Michelle Deniz also serves as Arabian Dance Theatre’s Operations Director and is featured as a dancer in Be Here Now. She will also offer a free introduction to bellydance workshop for beginners on October 14th.

Michelle Deniz said, “I’m thrilled to be part of an inspirational and unique production that raises positive awareness of Arabic culture through music and dance in a world class theatre setting – there’s nothing else like it in the UK so don’t miss out!”

The show is a contemporary expression of youth, defiance and revolution and their effect on art; offering a rare and refreshing look at Arab culture through a vibrant mix of street and club culture, hip hop, rap, street, contemporary, pop music and dance, combined with modern Shaabi and Debke folklore.

With virtually no representation of Arabic dance elsewhere in UK theatres, the uplifting event will showcase rarely seen skills, while free workshops will inspire people to learn, participate in, and enjoy Arabic art and dance.

According to producer, Tara Lee Oakley, “With so much emphasis on negative elements of Arabic and Islamic culture in the media, we wanted to give people an opportunity to see many of the rich, positive and beautiful aspects of Arabic culture in an authentic, modern way. With so much artistic expression emerging right now especially from young people, we wanted to bring these exciting performances to the stage, and to an international audience.”

Purchase Show Tickets:

Discount show tickets are available in advance for £15 and £8 for under 16/OAP.  Tickets on the door are £17.

For tickets, call the Ticket Sellers box office on 0844 870 0000 or visit: http://www.theticketsellers.co.uk/tickets/be-here-now/10023419.

Location:

Be Here Now takes place at Bernie Grant Art’s Centre at Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, London, N15 4RX on October 12th & 13th.

Book Free Workshops:

Free dance workshops on October 7th, 12pm-4pm, and October 15th, 11am-4pm, are limited to 25 people in each session on a first come, first served basis. Workshops include Modern Cairo Style, Introduction to Contemporary Dance, Beginners Belly Dance, Modern Egyptian Shaabi, and Khaleeji Now. Workshops are suitable for all skill levels with some focused on beginners and others challenging intermediate to advanced dancers. To reserve your place in a workshop, send an email to Tara Lee Oakley at info@arabiandancetheatre.com with your name, contact number and your requested workshop.

Contact:

For further information, please contact Tara Lee Oakley.

Tel: 0798 444 8488

Email: info@arabiandancetheatre.com

Website: www.arabiandancetheatre.com

Twitter: @arabian_dance

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Arabian-Dance-Theatre-Company

About Arabian Dance Theatre:

Arabian Dance Theatre is a London-based dance company focused on providing Arabic dance and entertainment in England and abroad. Established in 2008, we produce shows for theatre, festivals, commercial, private and educational events.Arabian Dance Theatre’s objective is to show the beauty, history, diversity, and depth of the Arab culture, through music and dance. Featuring the top female and male Arabic dancers in the UK, we create shows that raise positive awareness of Arabic culture and society. We present both traditional and contemporary styles of Arabic dance and also showcase a broad spectrum of dance styles from Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Saudi, Yemen, Emirates, Jordan, Kuwait, Sudan, Turkey and Iran.

Arabian Dance Theatre have been shortlisted for The Arab British Cultural and Society Award 2010, as well as having featured on the BBC Arabic News, Al Aribiya news, Al Alamia TV, The Daily News Egypt, Al Arab Newspaper and Asharq El Aswat.

Arts Council England and Big Lottery Fund have sponsored Be Here Now, our fifth theatre production in October 2012.

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Dunya presents Egyptian Week Aug 13-17, 2012! Show off your knowledge of this fun fact at Hafla on the Hill on Aug 17th during the raffle quiz supporting The Girl Effect.

 

Egyptian cuisine has been influenced by different civilizations that it came into contact over the centuries. Here is a top 10 list of some of the most popular Egyptian dishes, including Kushari, which is considered to be Egypt’s national dish with pasta, tomato sauce, rice, lentils, caramelized onions, garlic and chickpeas. http://listverse.com/2011/10/28/top-10-delicious-and-unique-egyptian-foods/