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¡ALÁNDALUS VOY!: The body amid history and memory

From March 16, 2023 until April 29, 2023Check schedules for each activity (workshops, dance tours, outcomes presentation).
Casa Árabe headquarters (at Calle Samuel de los Santos y Gener, 9). Check schedules for each activity (workshops, dance tours, outcomes presentation).
In Spanish.

The Algarabía Cultural Youth Association, in collaboration with Casa Árabe, is inviting participants to take part in this theoretical/practical learning workshop run by Patricia Álvarez, the goal of which is to take a thoughtful look back at the historical period of Al-Andalus through dance. It will be held from April 10 to 28, as part of the Ramadan 2023 celebrations.

The workshop will especially focus on how contemporary dance from Al-Andalus has been reinvented in different territories and how the imaginary of the Middle Eastern dancer has been constructed. As a starting point, it will use Moorish rhythms, various dance techniques, Arab dance, contemporary dance and free movement, using them all to create an approach based on the body in movement to examine a fascinating historical and symbolic period.

It will also be working on different aspects and methodologies involved in stage arts studies. Concepts such as historiography, historical memory and heritage spaces are the elements from which we will begin to explore this historical period, through the body and movement. Likewise, we will be focusing on factors related with creation, the construction of characters through archetypes and the use of related historical and imaginary sources in relation as materials for creativity.

The workshop will be taking place from April 10 to 28, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. All youths interested in the stage arts can apply to take part in this activity, which is free of charge, by filling out this form. The sessions will be held in different locations around Cordoba.

Dance tours
Being held at the same time as this activity will be two sessions, for all audiences, on Saturdays, April 22 and 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at various heritage sites. Under the title “dance tours,” we will be getting a closer look at different heritage sites in the city by using our bodies in motion, allowing them to surprise, question and observe us. What might old stones have to tell us? Anyone interested can apply to take part by filling out this form.

Outcomes presentation / show
To bring to a close the project ¡ALÁNDALUS VOY!: The body amid history and memory, on Friday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. we will be hosting a show open to the public to present the outcomes of the training process and residency.

Patricia Álvarez
Patricia Álvarez is a dancer and independent researcher of body language and gesture in the cultural traditions of the Mediterranean region. In her performance style, she combines Arab dance with contemporary dance and flamenco. With a bachelor’s degree in Arabic Philology and Islam, she carries out her work in two different fields: teaching through courses, mediation projects and coaching on movement, as well as spreading information to the public through her conferences and writings. In the field of the performing arts, she is carrying out two active projects: KERESMEH and MUJERESON. As a researcher, she has performed work on two projects, as well: Bodies Which Move and ALÁNDALUSOY. She also works in different European and Latin American countries, and collaborates with different institutions, schools and organizations: Casa Árabe, Diputación de Huelva, the National Anthropology Museum, UNAM, and others. For further information:
¡ALÁNDALUS VOY!: The body amid history and memory
Dancer Patricia Álvarez at Casa Árabe in Cordoba.

Collaborating entities: The project has been funded by the IMDEEC (the Cordoba Municipal Institute of Economic Development and Employment) and has the collaboration of the Cordoba Youth House.