I master and teach many ethnic dances, and I like especially get inspiration from it to create : in my performances, the staging, plays I write… Here is an overview of some of this dance and few explanations.
ORIENTAL DANCE (Bellydance)
Patient, it’s coming! This is the subject I have studied and been teaching the most … there is a lot to say!
Bollywood dance born with the cinematographic production of Mumbai (Bombay). It is based on traditional sacred indian dances from the north to the sud of India: kathak, barata-natyam, odissi and some folkloric dances; with which muddled the fashionable occidental modern dances. A subtile and graceful dance, which combine dynamism and gentleness until the end of the fingers. During my instructing, I indroduce yoga exercises and stretching exercices, an apprentageship technic and choreographic in a playful and warm atmosphere.
When we talk about gipsy and tzigane dances, it is about Rom peoples who come from North India. As the result of forced waves of migration originally, we find them in many places in the world. Owning excellent ability in metallurgy work (iron craftsman), basket-making, and animals cares, they’ve caught the attention of big conquering chief of that time : a useful labour for the constitution of their army (at this time, they were private organism). To this first migratory wave followed many others which settled down throughout time and of their route, globally from Inde to Spain but also in Brazil (prisoners care during the boat crossing). Some style be nomadic, but most of them settle.
- TURKISH ROM Gipsy
A dance improvisation frequently in 9/8, that once included lots of acrobaties and used to be dance with finger cymbals (sagars). It can be dance on a feminine or masculin way, according to the music, the style, the dancer…
- North Indian gipsies : KALBELYA
Presentation of a class
- Gipsy from ROUMANIA
Présentation d’un stage que nous avons organisé à Lyon avec l’ensemble Kelen Amentza et Pat la Gadji
Balinese dance is a sacred and traditionnel dance. A theatrical dance, accompanied with feminine and masculin voices and a gamelan (except in the Sanghyang dedari, trans dance, dand the Kecak: picture on the right side).
The most known is the Legong, which according to the tradition
represente the celestial ballet of nymphs. A féminin and graceful, with a high head, hand and fingers movements. Generaly the performances are very long and are about devils, war, divinities…
Some dance are about Rangda the witch and Barong the lion or the dragon which represent the good.
Others are also some entertainment created with a specific target, like welcoming the visitors on the island : the “Pendet welcoming”. I was lucky to attempt to a humorist theater and dance play performed during the day and the all night during a death ceremony (burial).
The gamelan is a traditional instrumental ensemble composed of drums:gender) gong, métallophones of different types (saron, peking, demung, slentem, gender), xylophone (gambang), different drums types (ciblon, kendang). It can be added to them a flute called “suling” and some rubbed string instrument like a viele in spade, or plucked like the kacapi which is similar in a cithare. The practices can be every day, where the gamelan is set up.
I had the opportunity to see one in the street in Ubud and being invited to play with them. A gamelan normally is never moved because it is made according to a place, his energy, the energetic vibration of the place…
The dance apprenticeship start very young fin open class free most of the time and non professional , and the family rent the costume for the performances, top expensive for own one. They are made with magnificent handmade batik, wear together in a specific order, the wear flowers in the hair, some animals masc…
Tahitian dancing include different dances. The most famous is the “tamure”. The man do a movement of beating of thigh, and the woman rolls the hips very quickly. Each movement of harm and hands des bras symbolise someting. The musical accompaniment is an ensemble of drums called “to’ere”.The costumes and crown is made in vegetal : shells, vegetal fibers, flowers.
I created the Morena compagny which and direct it since 2014. We entertain some events like medieval wedding. When we talk about medieval dances, it is most of the time some Renaissance dances. But few medieval dance writing exist. Like everything, it change with the time. I allowed myself some few freedoms on some dance for the esthetic aspect of the choreography or the fact of not having mans with us, for example in the Tarentella.
Bolas (fire poi) dance and percussions / ambulatory dance (with or without live musica) / Festivals
JAPONESE TRADITIONAL DANCE
Nihon-Buyô which means Nihon: Japan and buyô: dance.
It is one of the traditional forms of performing arts in Japan, such as Noh theater, Kyogen, Kabuki, Bunraku.
It originated in kabuki dance (kabuki-odori). From the 17th century, this dance began to separate from Kabuki following independent performances from Kabuki by some choreographers. We find in nihonbuyo dance some elements of other scenic forms, such as the noh walk. She include several styles: the kabuki-buyô developed in Edo period and based on the odori found in kabuki play (performed by men or women), oshûgi-mai (ceremonial dance, influenced by noh ), kamigata-mai (developed in Osaka and Kyoto).
This term, given in the 19th century by Shôyo TSUBOUCHI, refers to the different types of dances in Japan. It encompasses two forms of dance which has two different histories : the “May” (static dance with abstract movement) of the Kansai region and the “odori” (dynamic dance with rhythmic movements) of the Kanto region. We also find dynamic and rhythmic movements that are called furi (mimicry), expressing the dramatic and figurative expression.
One of the oldest of these schools is the Nishikawa School founded by Senzô NISHIKAWA I (1697-1756), one of the most influential choreographers of Nihon-Buyô.
My sensei : Sengiku BANDO.