DANCING MY MOTHER’S BODY™

 
CLICK TO VIEW THE VIDEO, DANCING MY MOTHER'S BODY™ WORKSHOP

CLICK TO VIEW THE VIDEO, DANCING MY MOTHER'S BODY™ WORKSHOP

 
 

Dancing My Mother's Body™ is a rigorous exploration of identity, the body and the ever evolving relationship of mother and daughter, through the lens, vocabulary and metaphors provided by bellydance. Hanan pioneers new approaches to the creative process while recoding and reframing the possibilities inherent in the genre.

Through the use of dramaturgy and personal narrative, in addition to examining philosophies of identity construction, healing and activism, Hanan brings participants into a deeply personal conversation with their own bodies as dancers, women and daughters. Hanan explores bellydance as a metaphor of mothering, nurturing and connection to the individual and universal womb. In this workshop intensive, participants will engage different neurological, intellectual and emotional processes. This is achieved through a series of intense physical, vocal, reading and writing activities, as well as time for personal reflection and integration. The result will be an interdisciplinary embodiment and kinesthetic output incorporating the human voice, and body in the service of a centered and empowered heart.

Participants may prepare dance monologues as well as dance responses to outside reading. Contextual exposure to other identity marking artforms such as Butoh and the diasporic archetypes of Orisha dance may also be included. The dance vocabulary incorporated in the workshops will come from an Egyptian Baladi-based tradition.

 
A dancer that comes from where one can touch the rooftop of the world.
— Encuentro Magazine, Spain

HANAN ARTS COOPERATIVE

CLICK TO VIEW THE ORIGINAL HABIBI PROJECT, HABIBI REMIX

CLICK TO VIEW THE ORIGINAL HABIBI PROJECT, HABIBI REMIX

HABIBI REMIX

The HABIBI REMIX is an interdisciplinary work created, developed, produced and co-directed by Tiffany “hanan” Madera. The original work was performed at PS 742 and co-presented by ARTEMIS Performance Network in Little Havana, Fl. The long awaited dance theater work: The HABIBI REMIX is the 2004 remake of the original. This provocative, sexy, often militant and tender love story unfolds in the languages of today’s most controversial and misunderstood modes of expression; hip hop and bellydance. The story is one woman’s search for a love that inspires passion, creativity and global peace. The HABIBI REMIX is the theatrical answer to the East-West global conflict. Juxtaposing two art forms that come from a distinct economic and social underclass that transformed pop culture; the dance play operates at different symbolic levels. Through choreography, DJ mixes and spoken lyrics the global political battle between the East and West serve as a backdrop in addressing the East Coast vs. West Coast battles in U.S. hip hop. Sexual politics and gender roles are also addressed as our heroine demonstrates her feminist ideals and exercises her feminine power in unexpected ways.


BELLYDANCE CUBA WORKSHOP

The Bellydance Cuba Workshop is a humanitarian artistic and cultural exchange created by hanan and the hanan arts cooperative in December 2003. The ongoing "workshop" is a mentoring, training and educational sponsorship of the now renown and unprecedented bellydance troupe in Havana, Cuba named "grupo Aisha al-Hanan". The new troupe is based out of the "Casa de los Arabes" in La Habana Vieja; a museum and mosque dedicated to preserving Arabic culture and history in Cuba, sponsored by the Office of the Historian. To date, the troupe has performed in many festivals, cultural and educational symposiums and for Arabic Embassies throughout Havana. The Bellydance Cuba Workshop is a volunteer based and donation driven project.


THE DANCE EMPOWERMENT PROJECT

The Dance Empowerment Project is a holistic bellydance course designed by hanan to bring participants to their creative and spiritual core. In addition to learning crisp bellydance technique, dancers participate in creative "unblocking" exercises, arts projects, enjoy artistic "field trips" and artistic exploration. What makes this dance program different is the focus on the internal process of movement and its spiritual significance. Dancers are encouraged to tap into their inner wisdom and begin an inner dialogue not just of movement- but a true relationship with the self. The Dance Empowerment Project's mission is to build the spirit of women through the spirit of bellydance; an artform that is ancient, healing and filled with wisdom.

 

MIDEASTERN DANCE EXCHANGE

The Mideastern Dance Exchange (MEDE) is a 501(c)3 non profit organization dedicated to the understanding, exploration, creation and expansion of Middle Eastern Dance and Culture through intellectual investigation, scholarly inquiry and artistic embodiment. Founded by Tamalyn Dallal, The MEDE seeks to build communities of dance around the world centered on humanitarian, self reflexive, socially and culturally responsible action. The MEDE is a cultural incubator whose mission is to empower women and girls through movement based outreach programs with quantifiable outputs and outcomes, as well as push the needle on aesthetic quality and standards of Middle Eastern Dances, popularly referred to as “Bellydance”. 

The MEDE is directed by Tiffany “hanan” Madera and serves as a humanitarian, cultural and artistic incubator. Through international collaborations, The MEDE serves as a vehicle to empower communities through dance and serve as a platform to create innovative and  boundary breaking performance. Projects include the ”Havana Habibi” project in Havana, Cuba, “Ayiti Baladi” in Jacmel, Haiti in collaboration with Amalia Maya and The “Mermaids + Goddesses” project in Kingston, Jamaica with Kristie Stephenson. Locally, the Mideastern Dance Exchange directs two movement based empowerment outreach programs at The Lotus House shelter for girls and The Bridge. 

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VISUAL ARTS CURATOR

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE SYZGY 2016 EXHIBITION CATALOG.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE SYZGY 2016 EXHIBITION CATALOG.

SYZYGY: Curated by Tiffany Madera in October 2016 to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, SYZYGY united “10 Miami-based Hispanic women artists in an exhibition of works exploring themes of identity, sexuality, power and spirituality. The exhibition linked directly to, and formed a visual representation of, the multidisciplinary activity work Madera does in her exploration of female empowerment, healing, contemporary art and dance.

In response to the exhibition held at MOCA in Miami, journalist Daisy Cabrera wrote, “Several pieces highlight the symbolic duality, harmony, and correlation between masculine and feminine energy. Others share unobstructed truths about the aligned and opposing views surrounding spirituality and religion. The element of water – a deliberate force of nature – was central to various artworks that interpreted resistance, fluidity, movement and cleansing.” (Miami Art Zine, October 2016)

ARTISTS

Barbara Bollini, Nereida Garcia Ferraz, Griselle Gaudnik, Laura Luna, Charo Oquet, Natasha Perdomo, Sandra Ramos, Beatriz Ricco, Alessandra Santos, Nina Surel

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