Katie Derham explores the influence of Arabic traditions on Western dance in the light of the Shubbak Festival 2017, which takes place in London.
Katie Derham looks at the influence of Arabic traditions on Western dance in the light of the forthcoming Shubbak Festival in London, which offers a window on contemporary Arab culture.
From the Whirling Dervishes to the Dabke: from the Sabre Dance to the Raqs Sharqi - the Arab imagination has provided a potent and exotic influence on dance. Katie unpicks some of the great traditions of Arabic dance and culture and hones in on some of influences on our own culture - from the highly romanticised and idealistic to the more informed and authentic.
The Classic Score of the Week is Khachaturian's 1942 ballet Gayane.