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A: Alan Ayckbourn Pf: 1978, Scarborough Pb: 1979 G: Com. in ...

Morocco

Morocco   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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2005
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Performing arts, Dance, Music
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3,315 words

...dancing, the shikhat accompany the solo dancer of the moment on the bendir , the tarija , the sanuj (finger cymbals) and the guimbri . Whether dancing or playing, they are at ease and even careless of the presence of an audience, adjusting their clothing or sharing private jokes. Sub-Saharan Morocco Some of the blacks in Morocco have acculturated to the Berber and Arab communities in which they have settled, while others retain their sub-Saharan customs. An example of the former is found in Tissint, where the black inhabitants perform a duet in which the...

Ashton, Frederick

Ashton, Frederick (17 September 1904)   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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2005
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Performing arts, Dance, Music
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7,898 words

...Lord Berners and Cecil Beaton. The result nearly repeated the disaster of Cupid and Psyche , and for similar reasons: they tried too hard to be funny and in the process gave rise to the suspicion that they were out of touch with contemporary life. The time for little jokes about Edwardian high life had passed. Ashton soon hit his stride again. De Valois had established a second company, the Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet, for which Ashton choreographed in 1947 a new ballet set to Ravel's Valses Nobles et Sentimentales , using a decor similar to...

Mexico

Mexico   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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2005
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Performing arts, Dance, Music
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10,405 words

... (“monarch”) or rey (“king”). Others take their names from historical figures, such as Montezuma or Malinche, or from religious figures, such as Santiago or Mahoma (Muḥammad). At almost all dances there are individuals whose function is to circle around the dancers and tell jokes to entertain the audience; they also maintain space between dancers and spectators. These persons are called gracejos (“buffoons”), chistosos (“jokesters”), corraleros (“managers”), or viejos (“elders”). Most costumes show a marked Spanish influence in their...

United States of America

United States of America   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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2005
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Performing arts, Dance, Music
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45,715 words

...jook-house tradition also went north and cross-fertilized the dances developing among northern urban blacks. Among the characteristics of African-American social dance are competition, dancing apart (couples do not touch), improvisation, call and response, mimicry, and derision. These elements can be observed in the competitive high kicking of the cakewalk, the apart dancing of the Black Bottom and the Charleston, and the improvisational Lindy Hop breakaway. The Susie Q, Truckin’, the Shorty-George, and the Slop are all dances that have been used in a...

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