Algerian Dance and Bellydance Free Show
22 - 06
Date(s) - 06/22/2018
Crooked Letter Brewing Company
Free show with local bellydancers and featuring Algerian dance by Amel Tafsout! Show starts at 8:00!
About Amel Tafsout:
Amel Tafsout (means ‘Hope of Spring’) is a charismatic international first source master dance artist of North African dance and has mesmerized audiences in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Europe, New Zealand, U.S.A. and Latin America. Tafsout is an acclaimed choreographer, instructor and performer of North African Maghreb Dance as well as a poet, a storyteller, a singer, a socio-linguist and a dance anthropologist.
Raised in Algeria among the finest traditional dancers and musicians, Amel was fascinated by dance and music since childhood.
In her early twenties Tafsout moved to Germany where she founded the Pan Arabic company called ‘Banat As Sahra’ (Daughters of the Sahara Desert), a company which instrumental was in dismissing Eastern prejudices about Arab women as well as working to bring Arabic dance culture to the West. In the late 80s Tafsout moved to London, U.K, where she created a new dance company called ‘The Tafsoutettes’ while performing at various dance and music festivals and being an active member of the Latin Jazz band ‘Chakchouka’, the North African music ensemble ‘Mambo Duniya’, the Turkish- Arabic band ‘Noor Shimaal’ and later the North African- music ensemble ‘Saladin’s Orchestra’
Since she moved to the US, Tafsout became a member of the Arabic choir “Aswat” based in San Francisco, as well as the “Arabic Music Ensemble” at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. California.
Tafsout is a voyager between countries, culture and languages. Fluent in five languages, she moves easily in an international sphere. Currently living in the U.S.A., she is an in-demand dance artist and frame drummer. Amel lectures, teaches, performs and conducts anthropological research. She has authored many articles relating to dance, cultural traditions and women of the Maghreb in academic and popular magazines.
Amel’s technique of teaching focuses on sharing the spiritual energies. Each of Amel’s movements come from inside her and is charged with pure energies.
While Amel, the Berber woman, moves closer to the souls of the women, they in turn become more aware of their own strength and are able to recover their spiritual balance through dance. The word ‘healing’ is not mentioned but what happens here is nothing less than that.’ Gizella Hartmann, in ‘Orient Magazine’, Germany nr.1, 2002
THE CACOPHONY of voices recedes as the lights in the auditorium dim. A slow beat begins, and a droning trumpet begins to play. From the stage two arms appear, snaky and graceful, winding around each other in intimate conversation, leading their owner onto the stage, dressed not in a gaudy belly dance costume, but in the regalia of a Berber queen with a headdress to match her status.
For the next few minutes, the audience watches, mesmerized as she stamps, sways, hops, undulates, flicks her abdomen, whirls, vibrates, tosses her head, thumps her hands over her heart, reaches upwards and outwards towards unrevealed entities. By turns dignified, joyful, flirty, playful, she dances her heart out in a kind of divine madness. This is not the typical tribal belly dance performance: this is a mystical experience akin to spirit dancing across many different cultures, this is… Amel Tafsout.
“I have been watching Amel dance now for well over 15 years, in London, Sea le and California; every performance is fresh. I am not a dance critic or a dancer, but I do love dance as an art form and deeply respect the craft. Amel may not be the most ashy or technically precise dancer I have ever seen, but she has something so unique and stirring that she deserves her international recognition way beyond the bellydance circuits.
Her dance transcends entertainment; it is a spiritual, magnetic experience. When Amel dances, she is both real and other-worldly. The audience becomes a witness or chorus to the dance. It feels the energy she sends out, a message of oneness, wholeness and love.” – Kree Arvanitas in Enzyme Arts, April 2017