YRArts Be The Canvas

Today’s Raqs Sharqi artist may be a performer, a teacher, a director, a choreographer or any combination thereof. In order to shine as a unique and fearless creative talent, you want much more than a new step or style. Discover a much deeper and richer learning experience than the standard weekend workshop or festival.

Be The Canvas invites dance artists, company directors and choreographers to participate in the creative process over 3 days culminating in a performance. Yasmina Ramzy draws out the individual talents of all the participants and creates an intricate and emotionally impactful ensemble choreography.

  • Dance Artists, you learn to harness your emotions as a true interpreter
  • Company Directors, you learn how to conduct productive rehearsals
  • Choreographers, you learn where to discover inspiration and creativity

Creating impactful art is exhilarating. This is a profound learning alternative to lift you up to new artistic heights of expression that audiences will respond to in a real way.

In real time, the music is chosen as a group and the inspiration ensues, always original. Yasmina views the ensemble dancers as different limbs of one body in three dimensional space. True art is created when you have no rules, tricks or crutches. Jump into the limitless possibilities with Yasmina as support and guide.  This is a unique learning experience. The skills you gain are through first hand experience that will transform you fundamentally as a powerful artist.

Yasmina Ramzy is best known for her large ensemble choreography with over 20 major dance companies internationally including Arabesque Dance Company and Bellydance Superstars. Intricate, complex, nuanced and soulful, her creativity is always highly acclaimed and ground-breaking.

PROGRAMME (12 hours):

1/ experiment with music and styles while Yasmina assesses the skills of the dancers involved as well as what everyone emotionally responds to (2-3 hours)

2/ create ensemble choreography with elaborate staging and emotional nuance (6-7 hours)

3/ rework sections if necessary, confirm position changes, rehearse and sync dancers, polish technique, dress rehearsal (3-4 hours)

4/ performance (one size fits all costumes supplied by Yasmina for ad hoc groups or troupes supply their own costumes)

This project can be presented in any city with an already existing dance company or as an ad hoc group of artists gathering just for the event. If interested, email yasminaramzyarts@gmail.com or call 1-415-953-7769.