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Workshop: ”The Lived Experience: Ibn Arabi, movement and dance”

April 04, 2022From 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe headquarters (at Calle Samuel de los Santos y Gener, 9). From 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Free entry after registering.
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In Spanish.

As part of the Nights of Ramadan 2022 in Cordoba, we will be hosting this workshop by dancer Patricia Alvarez, who will help us get a closer look at Ibn Arabi’s mysticism through movement and dance. Spaces are very limited. Sign up now in order to attend.

One of the main features of Ibn Arabi’s philosophy is the experimental aspect: knowledge is not analyzed through logical discourse, but is rather obtained through experimentation. Dance is like Sufism, an experimental space which can seldom be analyzed or explained on the basis of rigid logic. Together we shall sail the waters from movement and dance through concepts found in the philosophy of this great thinker.

This laboratory/workshop is intended to help us approach Andalusian Sufism through movement, emphasizing different aspects and methodologies which deal with study of the performing arts so that we can take part in a creative form of action based on concepts found in Ibn Arabi’s extensive work.

Patricia Álvarez
With a bachelor’s degree in Arabic Philology and Islam, (UAM, Madrid, 1999), Álvarez is a dancer and independent researcher of body language and gesture within the cultural traditions of the Mediterranean. In her dance, she combines traditional and folklore dances with contemporary dance and flamenco. Born in Madrid to an Andalusian and Castilian family, the search for identity through movement and dance is a constant in her work. She carries out her work in a wide range of fields, including teaching through courses, workshops and regular dance classes, as well as other disciplines involving bodily movement, always employing a methodology which combines the physical work of dance itself with reflection upon dance’s use as an art form serving different interests and as a personal form of expression linked to humanity, placing an emphasis on a post-colonial viewpoint of languages like Middle Eastern dance and flamenco. She also performs her work by educating the public in the form of lectures, writings and podcasts about the culture of dance and movement. On an artistic plane, in addition to developing the project “Kereshmeh” in conjunction with musician Kaveh Sarvarian, she is also collaborating with the internationally known traditional Castilian music group Vigüela on a show currently being prepared by the name of “Mujereson.” She is also performing work in research, which takes the form of two projects titled “Cuerpos que se desplazan” (“Bodies Displaced”) and “Andalusoy” (“Andalusian I Am”), a closer look at the historical space of Al-Andalus and the concept of what is Moorish through the body. Another highlight is her work in artistic consulting and coaching on movement in “Petróleo” (“Petroleum”) by Poliana Lima for the Teatros del Canal and “L’Aimée” (a contemporary opera) by Álvaro Martínez, for the Traficc Collective (Paris).
Workshop: ”The Lived Experience: Ibn Arabi, movement and dance”
Patricia Álvarez

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