Oxford Human Rights Festival workshop: Dabke dancing

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Oxford Human Rights Festival workshop: Dabke dancing

Who this event is for

  • Everyone

Location

Union Hall, John Henry Brookes, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site

Details

Workshop with writer and performer Ahmed Masoud. It follows his reading and performance of Home/Less.

Dabke (Arabic: دبكة‎) is a modern Levantine Arab folk circle dance of possible Canaanite or Phoenician origin. It is a dance performed in the Palestinian Territories, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, and north Saudi Arabia . It is a form of both circle dance and line dancing and is widely performed at weddings and joyous occasions. The line forms from right to left. The leader of the dabke heads the line, alternating between facing the audience and the other dancers.