Arabian Bouquet

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 8:00pm to Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 10:00pm

Minneapolis) – Jawaahir Dance Company bursts into its 2013–2014 season with Arabian Bouquet, a stunning evening of Arabic dance and music that will transport audiences into the desert and back again, riding on the exotic sound and passionate energy of “one of the most respected Arabic dance companies in the country” (Skyway News). Jawaahir presents ARABIAN BOUQUET at the Ritz Theater, 345 13th Av. NE in Minneapolis, from November 14–24.

Arabian Bouquet features the songs of Warda, “The Algerian Rose,” who was one of the most famous and revered artists across the Middle East, known for her lyrical love songs and her long, starring career in film. Born in Paris of Lebanese and Algerian parents, she performed songs composed especially for her by some of the greatest pan-Arabic composers, and was honored by Egypt’s President Nasser and other national leaders. Upon her passing in 2012, she was given a state funeral in Algeria, and buried among national heroes.

Now, in Arabian Bouquet, Moroccan virtuoso Nidal Ibourk brings Warda’s passionate sounds back to life. An exceptional singer and scholar, Ibourk has collaborated with renowned violin and oud master Simon Shaheen, and is recognized for her revival of 50’s and 60’s era Arabic music, performing in venues across the US, in Marrakech, Morocco, and throughout the Middle East. Her music preserves cultural heritage and brings amazing sounds to contemporary audiences.

Twin Cities audiences flock to Jawaahir concerts for exceptional dance, and for the incomparable sounds of The Georges Lammam Ensemble. Born in Beirut, Georges Lammam’s solo violin exemplifies Arabic improvisation and lyricism. For Arabian Bouquet, his 11-piece Ensemble includes brother “Mr. Soul” Elias Lammam on accordion and vocals, along with Naser Musa (oud, vocals), Karim Nagi (rockin' riq), Miles Jay (bass), Ali Amr (qanun), Susu Pampanin (tabla, percussion), violinists Laura Harada and Salah Fattah, and the multi-talented Tim O'Keefe (percussion). The California-based members of the Ensemble tour throughout the US and have been presented in venues ranging from the San Francisco World Music Festival to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Under the artistic brilliance of dancer/choreographer Cassandra Shore, Jawaahir Dance Company is known for movement, color, spectacle, and exceptional technical accomplishment clothed in satin, sequins, and astounding artistry. Jawaahir (Ja-WAH-here, meaning “Jewels”) translates the rich dance traditions of the Arabic-speaking Middle East into a rarely-seen dance-theater extravaganza.

Immersed in tradition, every Jawaahir performance is an experience in living history — traditional dances set alongside new choreography that honors the ancient and celebrates the present day — music rooted in sounds as old as time itself, fine-tuned by artists who hear the “now” and bend it back to greet the ancestors.

Arabian Bouquet will be on stage at 8:00pm Wednesdays through Sundays, November 14–24 at the Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE, in Minneapolis. Tickets are $15–$29. Wednesday, November 20 is "pay-as-able" night. Tickets and information can be found at or 612-436-1129.

Where: The Ritz Theater, 345 13th Avenue NE, Mpls, MN
When: Wednesdays through Sundays, November 14–24, 2013
8:00 pm
612-436-1129 / 12–5PM, Tuesday–Friday
$15 Children 8 or younger.
$2 Discount for members of Guild of Oriental Dance.
Wednesday, November 20: Pay-as-able.

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