YRA Be The Canvas

Raqs Sharqi performers, directors, teachers, choreographers of all styles and levels, discover a rich learning experience way beyond a new step or style and with a much more lasting impact than the standard weekend workshop or festival.

Be The Canvas invites you to participate in the creative process over one weekend culminating in a performance. Yasmina Ramzy draws out the individual talents of all the participants while creating emotional and intricate ensemble choreography that has impact.

  • Dance Artists – You learn to harness your emotions as a true interpreter
  • Teachers – You learn how to guide students into harnessing their talent
  • Company Directors –You learn how to conduct productive rehearsals
  • Choreographers – You learn where to discover inspiration and creativity

Achieve new artistic heights of expression that audiences will respond to in a visceral way.

How Does Be The Canvas Work:

In real time, the music is chosen as a group and the inspiration ensues, always original. Yasmina views 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)

Where: This unique adventure 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. To learn more or to see how Be The Canvas will work for you, email yasminaramzyarts@gmail.com or call 1-416-953-7769.