About Raks Madrid

The eighth edition of the Raks Madrid international festival of Arabic music and dance will take place from Friday 27th to Sunday 30th of April 2018.

In this edition, dedicated to dance with orchestral accompaniment, “The Live Music Experience”, the festival incorporates 4 days of study and 2 evenings of live performance. All the music will be played live by the orchestra directed by Nesma and featuring accomplished musicians from Europe and the Middle East.

Raks Madrid is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself for a whole week in Oriental Dance with a real orchestra made up of great musicians, to learn from true experts in Arabic dance and music and to perform in the evenings of the festival.

The festival is created to enable you to understand essence of Arabic music as well as the means to interpret it through dance.

I dedicated myself to dance because of the impact the music had on me. When I began dancing in Egypt I was accompanied by an orchestra of 30 musicians. It was like a dream, an indescribable feeling. It is this memory which has motivated me to create this project, in order to give dancers in Europe the chance to experience this dream within an educational framework which will also benefit them in terms of their professional development”. 

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Live Music

All the workshops and shows will have live music, top performers and an exquisite acoustic orchestra of Oriental Dance.

Workshops

Benefit from learning from the distilled theoretical and practical knowledge which are the result of the teachers’ many years of experience.

Coaching

In the workshops Nesma will demonstrate some fundamental tips and preparation using practical exercises to each the dancers how to direct the orchestra and interact with the musicians on stage.

You are the Star

Selected dancers will take the stage to put what they have learned into practice and enjoy the unique experience of dancing with their own orchestra.

Nesma and the Raks Madrid Orchestra

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Nesma

With her experience and dedication, Nesma is undoubtedly one of the dancers with greatest knowledge and mastery of Egyptian music. She developed her career as a soloist in Cairo between 1993 and 1998, where she performed on a daily basis with an orchestra of 30 musicians in the top venues in the city.

In 1998 she produced her first album and in 2004 she created her own label Nesma Music. Since then she has produced numerous recordings for albums and dance shows.

Workshops:

THE DANCER AND THE ORCHESTRA

PERFORM ORIENTAL DANCE WITH AN ORCHESTRA

PERFORM WITH LIVE MUSIC : 6 PARTS

TAQSIM IMPROVISATION

See programme

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The Orchestra

Created by Nesma for the Raks Madrid Festival, it is made up of top performers of Arabic music.

Workshops and Shows:

WORKSHOP ACCOMPANIMENT

PERFORMANCE AT RAKS MADRID NIGHTS

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How was Raks Madrid 2017 ?

Programme

DAY 1: FRIDAY April 27

THE DANCER AND THE ORCHESTRA

Lecture Class by Nesma
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

PERFORMING WITH LIVE MUSIC PART 1

Training and Coaching with Nesma accompanied by the Orchestra
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

PERFORMING WITH LIVE MUSIC PART 2

Training and Coaching with Nesma accompanied by the Orchestra
3:45 pm – 5:45 pm
DAY 2: SATURDAY April 28

PERFORM ORIENTAL DANCE WITH AN ORCHESTRA

Lecture Class by Nesma
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

PERFORMING WITH LIVE MUSIC PART 3

Training and Coaching with Nesma accompanied by the Orchestra
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

PERFORMING WITH LIVE MUSIC PART 4

Training and Coaching with Nesma accompanied by the Orchestra
3:45 pm – 5:45 pm
DAY 3: SUNDAY April 29

PERFORMING WITH LIVE MUSIC PART 5

Training and Coaching with Nesma accompanied by the Orchestra
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

PERFORMING WITH LIVE MUSIC PART 6

Dance improvisation with live music: technique and tips
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
DAY 4: MONDAY April 30

PERFORMING WITH LIVE MUSIC PART 7

Training and Coaching with Nesma accompanied by the Orchestra
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

DANCE WITH LIVE MUSIC PART 8

Taksim improvisation with Nesma accompanied by the soloists of the Orchestra
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Full Pack

490€
490€
  • All workshops : 20 h
  • Perform with the Orchestra
  • From January 16

Full Pack Early Bird

430€
430€
  • All workshops : 20 h
  • Perform with the Orchestra
  • Until January 15

Single WS + 6h

30€per hour
30€per hour
  • Your selection of 2h long workshops
  • Fee per hour for more than 6 hours all together
  • Registration starting on April 1

Single WS up to 6h

35€per hour
35€per hour
  • Your selection of 2h long workshops
  • Fee per hour for less or equal to 6 hours all together
  • Registration starting on April 1

 

Register today in our Workshops!

Contact:

+ 34 914 478 680
contact@raksmadrid.com

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