East of Suez: Dances of the Veil

By John Johanssen

The dance legend Martha Graham once said, “Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” It’s passion that makes dance great; there is vitality and life force that is expressed through the dancer and is shared with the audience. This week at Shelter Theater, renowned San Miguel performer Fridha Chacón will be presenting sensuous costume dances from around the world, including rumba flamenco, Arabic belly dance. and the fiery Russian gypsy dance.

Documentary and Discussion
Quest for the Lost Maya
Fri, Nov 11, 5pm
60 pesos

Documentary and Discussion
Tashi and the Monk
Sat, Nov 12, 5pm
60 pesos

Documentary and Discussion
Islam in Sweden
Wed, Nov 16, 5pm
60 pesos

Dance Concert
East of Suez: Dances of the Veil
Fri, Nov 18, 7pm
150 pesos

All events are in Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4

With origins in Catalonia, Spain, rumba flamenco is improvised with prominent hip and shoulder movements, more overtly sexual than other styles of flamenco dances. Fridha’s style of Arabic belly-dance is lively and playful, with a greater outward projection of energy than the more conservative styles, featuring the hypnotic use of finger cymbals. Friday, November 18, at 7pm and Friday, December 9, at 7pm, don’t miss a night of passion and mystery: East of Suez: Dances of the Veil with Frida Chacón, Federico Azus on guitar and harmonica, and Israel Cháves on violin and percussion.

Quest for the Lost Maya on Friday, November 11, at 5pm: The Maya’s soaring pyramids, monumental cities, and mythical mastery of astronomy and mathematics have spurred generations of explorers on a quest to understand them. In the past decade, researchers have made a series of startling discoveries that reveal a gaping hole in our understanding of the Maya. Discussion of this lost civilization of mystical thinkers to follow.

Tashi and the Monk on Saturday, November 12, at 5pm: Nestled deep within the foothills of the Himalayas is an inspiring community led by Buddhist Monk Lobsang, a renowned spiritual teacher who works to create a reality of love and acceptance for abused children. The documentary follows one of the newest arrivals to his commune—a shy 5-year-old girl who’s endured unimaginable tragedy during her brief life. Spirituality and Practice magazine calls it, “A heartwarming documentary about love and compassion at work in Tibet.”

Wednesday, November 16, at 5pm we present Islam in Sweden: The new documentary Salam Alaikum Sweden examines this increasingly volatile situation which has many crying foul over the country’s lax immigration policies and calling for stricter border control policies. After the documentary, we will discuss how the global refugee crisis is affecting all of Europe and how these suffering people are integrating into Western society.


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