DANCING MY MOTHER’S BODY™
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.