The infectious, inclusive and wildly popular traditional dabke erupts with joyous bursts of modern dance, hip-hop, capoeira, and circus.
Created by Belgian choreographers Koen Augustijnen, Rosalba Torres Guerrero (les ballets C de la B) and Hildegard De Vuyst (KVS) in residence with 10 young dancers in Ramallah, Badke unites a diverse number of dance forms.
Badke is not a search for a long-lost authenticity, but rather a nuanced expression of both a sense of belonging and a desire to be part of the wider world. But behind the relentless energy and joy also lie darker moments, alluding to life under occupation and violence. This other reality seeps into the celebratory surface of Badke. The dancers push themselves to new extremes, driven by Nasser Al-Faris’ infectious score. But in the end, however, one thought prevails: We will dance until we collapse.
“A hurricane of energy, smiles, and leaping bodies. Badke offers an hour of amazing moments of collective dance performed by ten Palestinian performers” – Le Soir
This is a past event
September 8, 2016, 5 – 7pm | MPR, Campus Center
Dance Masterclass with choreographer and co-creator of Badke, Koen Augustijnen, register here
September 8, 2016, post performance dancy party, 10pm – midnight | The Arts Center lobby
Join us for an exciting post-show dance party, the Badke company have prepared an exciting playlist of dabke music that is not to be missed.
Dancers activate the space by negotiating snakes and ladders—which represent the heights of ecstasy and depths of longing in Hindu and Sufi thought—to connect the human with the transcendent and reveal mysteries within the self, choreographed by Aparna Ramaswamy and Ranee Ramaswamy. Composer Amir ElSaffar leads a musical ensemble with a distinct alchemy of Iraqi, jazz, and Carnatic instruments.