Multicultural Dances

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Multicultural Dance (Tanko Bushi, Kol Dodi, Lamba)


This dance  incorporates elements from 3 cultures.  From the Jewish culture -- Kol Dodi, an Israeli courtship dance; from the Japanese culture -- Tanko Bushi, a coal mining dance learned in almost every village of Japan to celebrate the harvesting in the fall; and from the African culture -- the Lamba, a healing dance of the 14th century Mali empire, often danced at weddings.  These cultures were drawn from members of the company when it was first performed. The first performance was interactively with the audience at Brand Art Center when the work was first performed. Now it is done at many school performances.

The dance can be developed interactively, in workshops during a tour or residency, using the cultures in a community. In the past some of the cultures used in student workshops, in addition to the above, have been Korean, Mexican, Hawaiian, Turkish, American square dance, Afro-Brazilian, Guatemalan, Italian Tarantella, Irish, and European Renaissance.