Helene Eriksen

ANAR DANA Dance Theater

Helene is a teacher and choreographer of traditional dances of the Balkans and Islamic Orient. She lectures and publishes on dance ethnology and costume studies. In order to do this she has conducted many research projects in Bulgaria, ex-Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Egypt, the ex-USSR, Tunisia and Morocco as well as with immigrants in Germany, Canada and the USA. She speaks several Languages. She is an active member of the Study Group on Ethnochoreology (ICTM/UNESCO). For many years she has been leading dance and culture study tours and now she is the director of her own travel agency Window on the World Voyages.

Helene studied Dance Ethnology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and was later a doctoral candidate in Folklore, Slavistics and Turcology at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany. In Los Angeles she performed with AVAZ International Dance Theater, Gypsy Dance Company and Jasna Planina Ensemble. After a year at the Folkdance Academy in Plovdiv, Bulgaria she was a guest of the Turkish State Folkdance Ensemble in Ankara. She directed her own ensemble Raqs-e Hilal for several years in Germany and is currently directing her new project, Helene Eriksen’s Traditional Dance Theater, in Seattle.

Learn more about all of Helene’s adventures HERE.

Classes & Events with Helene

This is a sampling of the usual classes Helene holds at the studio. For a full schedule of classes and start dates for specific sessions, visit www.helene-eriksen.de

CurrentClasses

 ANAR DANA Project
2) 19-20 May, 2018
3) 7-8 July, 2018
4) 29-30 September, 2018
5) 13-14 October, 2018
6) 10-11 November, 2018
7) 16-17 February, 2019
8) 6-7 April, 2019
9) 11-12 May, 2019
Dress rehearsal: Thursday, May 16, 2019 (6-10pm)
Recitals: 18 & 19 May, 2019
and possibly performances as NW Folklife, the Seattle Iranian Festival,Turkfest and the Kent International Festival.

SEE FULL INFO BELOW

Upcoming Events

Chaikhana: an evening in an Oriental Coffee House
Potluck and Cultural Evening at Studio Deep Roots
RSVP: mail@helene-eriksen.de

Our 2018/2019 Cultural Evening schedule is as follows:
(links to FB page for more details)
• 18 May, 2018: Arabic Classical Music, Orientalism and the Development of Middle Eastern Dance
• 6 July, 2018: Tunisian Wedding Celebrations
• 28 September, 2018: Iranian Kurdistan and the Fall Celebration of Mehregan
• 12 October, 2018: Khorovod Dances of Russia
• 9 November, 2018: Turkish Spoon Dances
• 15 February, 2019: Romanian Dances from Transylvania
• 5 April, 2019: Dances of Afghanistan

ANAR DANA

GOOD NEWS! Even if you missed the Intro Weekend, it is not too late to join ANAR DANA. You can try one weekend without committing to the rest to see if it is of interest to join longer term. Also, the Friday night cultural nights are open to everyone. So if you want to learn more about these beautiful dances and cultures, join us!

ABOUT THE ANAR DANA PROJECT
Learn Technique, Choreography, Dance Notation, Yoga, Music Analysis, Staging, Costuming, Stage Make-up, Historical and Cultural backgrounds for 7 different styles of women’s dance from North Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, Anatolia, the Caucases, Iran and Central Asia.

The project itself is a series of 9 intensive weekends of 12 hours each. We have chosen a repertoire of 7 dances, and over the course of the year we will learn the techniques of each of the dance styles, do dance training and yoga, learn about the cultural and historical backgrounds for the different dance styles, learn about choreography, staging, stage make-up and costumes. Each student will be in aprox. 4 choreographies, but is expected to be able to stand in for the other 3 if necessary. Costuming mostly comes from Helene’s extensive collection. At the end of the project we do a recital. Helene does solos in between the group choreographies so that we have a smooth running, full evening performance. There is a certificate of participation for all who complete the program. 

THE REPERTOIRE
The 2018/2019 season repertoire has been chosen, and these are the dances that will be taught and performed by participants:

1) Tunisian Wedding celebration (with a spot for two soloist advanced dancers)
2) Classical Arab Sama’i 10/8
3) Dansul Fetalor de la Crihalna, Romania
4) Misket spoon dances, Ankara, Turkey
5) Russian Khorovod and singing
6) Kurdish dance from Iran
7) Nomadic Luri dance, Afghanistan
Cost: $185 per weekend with 10 participants.

In addition to the weekend dates (below) I will offer in-depth cultural evenings Fridays before each project weekend. These evenings are designed to explore the cultures of our project’s dances in more depth, including costumes, films, music and more. The cultural evenings are open to the public and cost $15 for general public and included in the class fees for participants.

TRAINING WEEKEND DATES
1) 7-8 April, 2018
2) 19-20 May, 2018
3) 7-8 July, 2018
4) 29-30 September, 2018
5) 13-14 October, 2018
6) 10-11 November, 2018
7) 16-17 February, 2019
8) 6-7 April, 2019
9) 11-12 May, 2019
Dress rehearsal: Thursday, May 16, 2019 (6-10pm)
Recitals: 18 & 19 May, 2019
and possibly performances as NW Folklife, the Seattle Iranian Festival,Turkfest and the Kent International Festival.

In addition to these training weekends, students will schedule their own independent study and practice together to hone their technique and prepare their assigned choreographies for the stage.

Contact Helene directly for pricing and registration information at mail@helene-eriksen.de

Join the ANAR DANA Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AnarDanaSeattle/

To hear former ANAR DANA dancers talk about their experiences go to these links:
https://vimeo.com/127899742

Join us. Dance with us. Explore with us.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. We look forward to meeting you soon.

Studio Deep Roots

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