DANCING OR DANCER?…. yes, there is a distinction.

115_115It is very common for students to meet a particular expectation by externally ‘painting on’ a shape or being taught to ‘perform’, rather than to seek a deeper experience with their bodies, and by extension their movement expression.

Dance movement, indeed any authentic, systemic movement must first be seeded from deep within.   Often, in the beginning, the seed is so small as to be indiscernible except to the most trained eye.   It is the role of the seasoned teacher to determine which is occurring from the very inception – a forced external expression, or the true genisis of the movement – the student, once aware of this important distinction, has the opportunity to develop both the deep ‘unconcious internal knowing’ and the ‘conscious external structure’.  Every ancient civilisation holds these principles bestowing a different language and stories for the same meaning.    Ancient Egypt is no exception and holds its own disciplines, myths and language to describe this familiar and eternal dance of balance and energy. The body/mind/spirit is inextricably intertwined and we need a fine balance to bring freedom and beauty to movement.  Find out more by registering your interest for courses or workshops – where we would travel together on this heart felt journey.

Juliet Le Page December 2016

‘the fruit tree yielding fruit whose seed is inside itself’’    Sufi saying

A few testimonials from students:

…………”Thank you Juliet, once again for bringing the gift of Egyptian dance into my life, and with it all the wonderous shifts in my awareness and my energy flow.  Every class is a feast I look forward to experiencing…. Learning dance from you has been a revelation. I have always loved to dance.  Movement and music always excites me, but you have awoken me to so much more.  The connection of dance to my spirit and soul. I can’t thank you enough for that”.         D.H

“Juliet has transformed my life and way of thinking, in mind, body and spirit. An amazing talent, so knowledgeable on all levels, uniquely special and has saved me from myself and old ways with respect to poor posture and poor exercise regimes after many injuries in the gym with instructors who have little training and little care. Juliet has helped me overcome old injuries and is completely passionate and graceful in her instructions. In Juliet’s gorgeous studio she has the ability to transcend time and take you to a beautiful place and you leave feeling reborn! Thank you Juliet. A truly beautiful lady!   NTD x”

Link to more testimonials on the EED website  http://www.eed.com.au/page/dance/testimonials/index.html

Please also follow this link to another blog post ‘The Javelin Principle’ which may be of interest to more experienced students.

http://www.eed.com.au/blog/?p=1046

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BAREFOOT KISS

“When we walk like (we are rushing), we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on thKISS THE EARTH THICHNHAT HANHe earth… Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

If you would like to know more about our wonderful feet and how to keep them fit for dance follow this link on ‘The Beauty of Being Barefoot’ from the EED website: http://www.eed.com.au/page/dance/health_benefits/beauty-in-being-barefoot.pdf

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SEED YOUR DANCE

THE SEED - A 5 WEEK EXPLORATION

The acorn does not know a mighty tree exists within it…It simply grows.

 

‘THE SEED’ – This 5 week intro course will gently strengthen and align your body using your innate body/mind/spirit potential. I have spoken at great length of the importance of understanding the roots of a cultural dance – but first and foremost there must be The Seed from deep within you.

In this course we will be exploring:

  1. The very seed of powerful, aligned, balanced, nuanced movement.
  2. The genesis of Egyptian movement traditions and how to seed this into your own experience and expression….
  3. Ancient eastern healing breath/body work to further awaken and deepen your connection with the Elementals.
  4. The latest bioscience findings into body/mind/movement.

You will discover your innate body schema, offering an opportunity to explore a deeper more profound source of movement.   After all, you can only get to a destination if you know from whence you start.  You will also discover how each of the above forms a symbiotic relationship to finally convey the dynamic and authentic experience we seek in our dancescape.

In time, this applied knowledge will transform not only how you move, but how you experience movement.  It almost goes without saying that it also offers amazing holistic health and healing opportunities, regardless of your starting base.

This course would also benefit more experienced levels, provided you are willing to take that step back to explore new challenges and new possibilities to the exclusion of previous experience/expectations.   Course starts August 12, 2.15p.m. Classes are small, intimate in a private, purpose built studio.   Please contact me via facebook message https://www.facebook.com/elemental.egyptian.dance  with any queries you may have.

‘the fruit tree yielding fruit whose seed is inside itself’’    Sufi saying

A few testimonials from students: .

…………”Thank you Juliet, once again for bringing the gift of Egyptian dance into my life, and with it all the wonderous shifts in my awareness and my energy flow.  Every class is a feast I look forward to experiencing…. Learning dance from you has been a revelation. I have always loved to dance.  Movement and music always excites me, but you have awoken me to so much more.  The connection of dance to my spirit and soul. I can’t thank you enough for that”.         D.H

“Juliet has transformed my life and way of thinking, in mind, body and spirit. An amazing talent, so knowledgeable on all levels, uniquely special and has saved me from myself and old ways with respect to poor posture and poor exercise regimes after many injuries in the gym with instructors who have little training and little care. Juliet has helped me overcome old injuries and is completely passionate and graceful in her instructions. In Juliet’s gorgeous studio she has the ability to transcend time and take you to a beautiful place and you leave feeling reborn! Thank you Juliet. A truly beautiful lady!   NTD x”

Link to more testimonials on the EED website

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THE JAVELIN PRINCIPLE

AUTHENTIC BEGINNINGS

dance4Are you a Conscious Incompetent? Congratulations – you are rarer than you think.    Being aware of your current ‘state of play’ is not only the first critical step to improvement, but a sign you possess the capacity to candidly and honestly self-assess – one of the integral components of any skilled and talented dancer…

Frank and honest self -evaluation, combined with a little determination and dedication, could facilitate a step beyond any impatience or discontent.

Perhaps you are not happy with your dancing – not progressing as you would like?   There are many good teachers out in the field, and perhaps you are happy with your current experience, but still feel it reflects a small aspect of your greater inner potential.  Or alternatively, even after years of training, you still only rote through a series of steps without a sense of real connection or understanding of your movement potential and/or authentic Egyptian heritage/movement, all of which are key to enrich and enliven your dance experience.  During this 5 week course we will seek to unite anthenticity and inner flame to ignite your motivation, inspiration and creativity.  This course will suit both those who have very little training and also those who perhaps have been students for a while, but are seeking another route to development.  Be prepared to take those few steps back to go forward with more power and accuracy and you may surprise yourself with the results.  Please message through facebook if you have any further questions. https://www.facebook.com/elemental.egyptian.dance 

Course commences Feb 2.00pm in Brighton 25th Feb –  2 places only are now available –

 

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Crash course in Egyptian cinema: Cinematology episode 1 from Mada Masr

http://www.madamasr.com/sections/culture/crash-course-egyptian-cinema-cinematology-episode-1

Crash course in Egyptian cinema: Cinematology episode 1

Mada Masr has teamed up with YouTube series Cinematology to publish subtitled video essays on appreciation of Egyptian cinema twice a month.

In 2015, young Egyptian mechanical engineer-turned director Mohamed Abu Soliman started publishing short opinionated video essays exploring Egyptian cinema and the filmmakers behind it.

The first episode — on Youssef Chahine’s image composition and camera work — has been watched over 5000 times and opened several conversations on film appreciation on YouTube and Facebook.

“I felt like I needed to create something to remind people how great our cinema is,” Soliman tells Mada Masr, “and that each episode could be a crash course in filmmaking.”

He didn’t originally plan Cinematology as a series, but decided to keep going due to the amount of positive feedback he received. He has published seven video essays so far, and more than 12,000 people follow the Facebook page.

Each video essay is under 10 minutes long and filled with footage from films, quirky energetic narration in Arabic and insights into cinematic technique, filmmakers’ biographies and the historical context of making films in Egypt. Some analyze a specific characteristic of a director’s work, others focus on one film, and some simply use film clips to construct a visual profile of a film industry figure.

Soliman uses the Cinematology Facebook page to share these videos, as well as articles and video essays on filmmaking from all over the world. This content keeps the page active, as he creates the Cinematology videos on his own and each one takes weeks to plan and produce alongside his full-time job as a filmmaker and producer for television.

“It’s a lot of work. But I love cinema. I love these directors and I love analyzing films and sharing this analysis with others,” he says. “You don’t have to go to the Cinema Institute to learn to be a director. That model is outdated – you don’t need it anymore – especially with digital films and the independent filmmaking scene.”

Soliman hopes the Cinematology series will not only help emerging filmmakers, but will also help viewers develop their visual literacy. “Once you understand the grammar of this art form,” he says, “you start to unlock a lot of messages, and hidden meanings.”

With translator Amira Elmasry, Mada Masr is creating English subtitles for Cinematology episodes and republishing them every other Wednesday, starting with the first, below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeJ5p0WuAEg

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CHRONOLOGICAL UPDATES PRESS RELEASE KING TUT’S TOMB 2015/16

October 18th 2016King Tutankhamun tomb king tutankhamun tomb hidden chambers

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I have a great respect for the work of Zahi Hawass and despite the criticism often levelled at him regarding ego and personal aggrandisement, one has to admit he has attracted broad improvements and opportunites for Egypt and Egyptology during his time(s) in office.

However, I have to confess a concern as to the basis of his objections to the possibility of Nefertiti being buried in the Valley near Tutankhamen – is he just a little miffed that another is suddenly getting world attention on what could arguably be the world’s most important archeological find since Tutankhamun?  It would be behove him to quiet a little and be a little more generous with the opinions and intuition of others who are equally qualified and talented – and providing compelling results with their investigation into Tut’s tomb.

There is a question as to whether Nefertiti left Armana and re-established herself at Thebes after Akhenaton’s death, (or possibly even before?).  It has also been suggested that the Co-regent Smenkhkare (husband of Merytaten-daughter of Nefertiti and Akhenaten) may have left for Thebes and started re-establishing the old religious traditions and did not die as has been claimed in the 3rd year of his reign ….and further… even if the priests were against the burial of ‘the heretics’ in the Valley of the Kings, the priests would not have had the last say in how or where Nefertiti – or others of that period – were buried, but rather the succeeding Pharaoh (Tutankhamen) – also Grand Vizier Ay  (hypothesised father of Nefertiti – Ay was certainly present during the whole Armana period as well as prior in the form of a senior military officer during the reign of Amenhotep III), who became Pharoah after Tutankhamun for a short time.  The position of the priests of Amun had been severely weakened during the reign of Akhenaton, it would stand to reason they would be thrilled with the opportunity to re-establishing the old traditions.

It is generally understood that Nefertiti ruled as co-regent and perhaps (more speculatively), was even Pharaoh herself under another name before Tutankhamen –– although this is a theory disputed with evidence against, it does have its own compelling evidence and cannot be dismissed out of hand.   Recently reference to her  has been discovered telling us that she indeed was alive and well long after she ‘disappeared’ from reference at Armana.   Consequently, it is feasible that Tutankhamun would have had her buried in Thebes in the Valley of the Kings, as he also began to re-establish the old order before his death.  It would make sense that her relatively recent tomb was plundered to provide some of the necessary tribute for Tutankhamen’s early demise – this is another theory.   If there were still ambivalent feelings toward those who had lived in Armana and practised the worship of the Aten, then it makes the redistribution of grave goods from Nefertiti to Tut even more plausible.

CONCLUSION: Whether or not this is Nefertiti’s tomb, or anothers perhaps Smenkara or Kiya (mother of King Tut) or whether or not it is intact, what riches of knowledge there would be in consolidating such an exciting – and oft romantisized – period in Ancient Egypt.   Perhaps it may hold the final story of the extraordinary time of Armana and Akhenaton.  It is sad to hear Dr. Hawass talking in such (‘final’) ‘once and for all’ tone.   If some or all of the burial artifacts found in King Tut’s tomb were re-used from another tombs elsewhere for example, ..then the radar may not pick up any scattered papyrus, and definitely not the wealth of primary depictions that may still exist on the walls of this space, from ancient grafiti to actual historical depictions.   There are many anomalies about Tutankhamun’s burial chamber (and some of the artifacts) that suggest it is well worth exploring these rooms no matter what the radar reveals.  But right now I am reminded of the words of Om Sety who is quoted as having said: ‘it (the tomb of Nefertiti) – is very near the tomb of Tutankhamen….in a place where no-one would think of looking’.   Perhaps they should scanned the floor as well?

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EXCITING DEVELOPMENT ON SCAN OF KING TUTANKHAMUN’S TOMB

Nefertiti black and white beautiful imageThis would be like a dream come true especially since Hollywood continues to be such a disappointment in the 21st century – at least in terms of honoring such an extraordinary history and culture.  It is my sincere hope that this will provide the kind of riveting, spectacular theater akin to the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb – not to mention the invaluable historic information that will be bought to light.

My skepticism is far outweighed by my desire to have such a remarkable find revealed in my life time….   so much more to know and understand of a radical time in Egyptian history.   Did the people of Egypt and indeed Nefertiti herself, grow to hate Akhenaten and his religious regime as has been suggested by some scholars? Was Nefertiti crowned Pharaoh following Akhenaten’s demise under another name?   How and when did she die? What role did she perhaps play in the transition back to the former religion?

Perhaps we will learn this and more…however should this be the final resting place of Nefertiti, the most exciting aspect of this for me is that it would prove Omm Sety to have been correct (yet again).

http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/spanish-leak-reveals-hidden-chamber-tutankhamun-tomb-full-treasures-005399?nopaging=1

Interview with Dr. Nicholas Reeves

some related documentaries of interest and speculation:

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ABOUT THE EED LOGO – 36 YEARS IN THE MAKING…

Egyptian Elementals Dance and Movement™ was founded in 2002 in response to my need to find a ‘home’ that would best represent – what was then – 22 years of experience with Egyptian dance – (now 36 years – my first professional performance was in 1980!) .

I already had a clear concept of how the EED training would assist dancers bring depth and clarity to their technical training and invaluable cultural connections to the movement and expression.   The website content came together very quickly as I was able to immediately categorize and publish many articles that I had already completed to assist my students with dance.

What was a lot more problematic and challenging was the simple logo….simple? really?  How do you encapsulate something so profound in a graphic….It was a long and tortuous process (more for the designer than me! lol), of to and fro until I felt enough of the most important elements were represented.  ‘It’s a bit busy for a logo’ was the designers response – ‘not ideal for ease of publishing’.   Practical and pragmatic have never been my strongest suits, so personally satisfied – (and much to the relief of the graphic artist!).. I finally signed off on the EED logo.  Here is an article I wrote at that time to introduce the logo to the world.  For details on how you can experience the strength and empowerment of EED for yourself please contact via the website or facebook.

http://www.eed.com.au/page/culture/the_logo/index.html

 

 

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RUMI

Let us transcend the debate that surrounds the ethnicity of Rumi and give ourselves up to this beautiful documentary.   Who could claim exclusive kinship to such a universal truth? Whether from Iran, Turkey or Afghanistan… Rumi’s thoughts and words did not spring from a society, a culture, or a school. His words transcended any moral codes and mores….his words and understandings are meant to unite us, not divide us – to expand our consciousness, not to confine it in the bounds of doctrine, expectations and mortal mind games. Now more than ever we need to be reminded of the beauty of Rumi’s legacy.  Juliet Le Page January 2016

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UPDATE: RADAR SCANS ON TUTANKHAMUN’S TOMB

NORTH WALL SCAN KING TUTS TOMB NEFERTITIFollow the link below to an article by National Geographic providing a detailed description of the findings of the much anticipated investigation into what lies beyond the north wall of King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber. It provides a detailed account of this exciting event, written with the sensibility of ‘new’ history about to be uncovered.  The scans were conducted by Hirokatsu Watanabe, a Japanese radar specialist.  A full and final report of the findings has yet to be tabled, however the preliminary results are consistent with the speculation that there is another chamber beyond the North Wall.   Dr. Nicholas Reeves, who instigated these proceedings, believes that it could be the final resting place of Nefertiti.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/11/151128-tut-tomb-scans-hidden-chambers/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=link_fb20151128news-tutscans&utm_campaign=Content&sf16100199=1

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The following link is  to the blog of Bernard Adams who is a resident of Luxor and attended the press conference.  This is also very informative:nefertiti

http://egyptmyluxor.weebly.com/tutankhamun-tomb-kv62-ndash-radar-results-conference.html

Also this report from Al-Ahram News Cairo

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/14918/47/Discovery-of-the-century-.aspx

 

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