Dance Day 29 April 2015

29 Abr Dance Day 29 April 2015

The official message for

Dance Day

29 April 2015

Sergei Diaghilev

RIA Novosti

RIA Novosti

A century ago famous Russian ballet organizer Sergei Diaghilev revolutionized by inviting the Most Talented painters and musicians of His Time to Contribute to His performances. I have the impression That present day choreographers neglect the other arts, do not feel the need to present Their creations alongside Their equals in other fields.


I am sure would appreciate more arts audiences included in dance performances, starting with the classical arts: painting, sculpture, theater, music, poetry, architecture, as well as more modern forms like photography, cinema, multimedia, lighting design, sound design. Let me Go further in proposing to enrich choreography With The humanities (history, literature, philosophy and linguistics). Particularly Personally I would enjoy storytelling, martial arts, and – I mean it very seriously – culinary arts.


There is nothing new to it, ancient Greeks in Their symposia combined all the above. After 25 centuries Could we return to the notion That performance combine to complete as many arts as possible.


This year the International Dance Council CID joins forces with a sister organization to celebrate Dance Day. The International Association of Art IAA / AIAP is a non-governmental organization Whose offices are next to ours at UNESCO. Our common proposal is to combine dance with painting, drawing, sculpture or other forms of creative work in the visual arts.


Many thanks to Ms. Rosa-Maria Burillo from Mexico, World President of IAA / AIAP, WHO Mobilized artists from dozens of countries suggesting They Cooperate With choreographers, dancers and dance teachers in common events: performances, exhibitions, happenings, flash mobs, worship meetings , therapeutic sessions and (why not?) banquets!



Alkis Raftis

President of the International Dance Council CID



Asher Barrett


Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University New Mexico presents "Sephardic Cantigas": A Sephardic & Flamenco Concert 2/23/18 11 am

To understand the influence of Sephardic music in flamenco we begin with the musical contribution of the Jewish community to the territory of the kingdoms of the Iberian peninsula. Historians illuminate and provide clues to better understand this stage of musical history.
Since music has always had a fundamental connection with religious rites and because we have evidence of the existence of Jewish communities from the time of the Phoenicians (1000 BCE), we can say that a characteristic music was beginning to germinate with influences from the contemporary music that flourished and was played throughout the Iberian peninsula centuries ago.
The Jewish communities that were expelled from their lands for religious reasons by Ferdinand and Isabella, “The Catholic Kings,” kept their rites, their customs, their Spanish language and of course their music. It is important to recognize what can be truly be called a labor of love: the cultural custodianship the Sephardic people carried out. It remains alive and well and which, thanks to their perseverance, we can enjoy today.
Sephardic music contains elements of both Arabic and Christian music. It is Arabic in the rhythm and musical instruments, and it is Christian in the words in which this music was sung, the Spanish language.

Fernando Barros: Singer and composer; Carlos Lomas: Guitar & Oud; Davo Bryant: Percussion; Melissa Moore: Narration

Sephardic Spanish-Jewish influence in FLAMENCO

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