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Movement in Diaspora: Healing Methods in Folkloric Practices

9 June
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Movement in Diaspora: Healing Methods in Folkloric Practices

Join us for an immersive movement workshop inspired by folkloric dance traditions. The workshop will explore Circassian dance traditions, a cultural practice that has been practiced historically to build communal resilience in the face of struggle. 

 

Circassian dance holds a significant place in Circassian culture, embodying themes of combat and courtship. These traditional dances serve to honor Circassian heritage and identity, particularly among diaspora communities. Among the various dances, the Kabardinka stands out. In Turkey, it is known as Kafkas, deriving its name from Kafkasya, the Turkish term for the Caucasus mountain region, historically inhabited by the Circassian people.

 

In this movement workshop, we learn about the art form, and its role in preserving identity amidst challenges. Experience the power of community-building, hope, and diverse coping methods through the universal language of dance. Together, we can create a unique connection and rhythm inherent in Circassian dance, inspiring meaningful dialogues and bonds between individuals from all walks of life.


About the instructor:

Aysha Hamkari, an artist and researcher, with Palestinian and Circassian roots, was born and raised in Jordan. She began her journey in Circassian dance at the age of 10 and later explored ballet, contemporary, jazz, hiphop, and ballroom. Aysha holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a specialization in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from NYU Abu Dhabi. Complementing her major, she pursued dual minors in Theater and Global & Urban Education, bringing a multidimensional perspective to her academic pursuits. Currently involved in neuroimaging and vision research at NYUAD’s Brain and Health Center, Aysha is dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of the human brain. She is also a member of the Abu Dhabi Choral Group, lending her talents as both a soprano singer and dancer. Aysha’s artistic vision revolves around celebrating cultural diversity and fostering connections through the universal language of dance and performance. Her journey reflects the harmonious coexistence of academic and artistic endeavors, showcasing the potential for a multifaceted identity.