Monday, December 22, 2008

Winter Undulation Workshop

Come for three hours of strength focused undulation work including spinal undulations, arm and hand spirals (snake arm variations), wavelike descents to the floor, belly and oblique rolls, and rooted full body undulations. The evening will include a short combination. Bring veils! Bring quarters!
Wednesday, January 14
6-9 p.m.; $40
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street
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Please note: This is part of a workshop series before Ranya and I teach our regular Graduate Center classes beginning on January 28. Information on other workshops is forthcoming! For information on other Graduate Center belly dance workshops and series, you can also, contact or 212-817-8215.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Arabian Nights, circa 2008

A new British translation of The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights, translated by Malcom C. Lyons with Ursula Lyon, has provoked commentary in England. As always, I've found Ahdaf Soueif's writing on the topic to be most thoughtful. In her London Times Book Review, Souief compares the approaches of Western scholarship (nailing down details: what, where, when, whom) to Arab scholarship (thematic analysis and folkloric tradition) of these famously fiesty texts. Soueif also provides her own story about when she first encountered the stories of Scheherezade as a child and compares various other translations. This most recent translation, according Souief, is intentionally less "orientalist" and as result "less sparkly." Is this the trade off?

While trawling the Internet, I also came upon a wonderfully obsessive blog dedicated entirely to 1001 Nights. An English Ph.D. student, naturally: Journal of the 1001 Nights.

Tuesday Drum Soloists!

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