Dances are central to the African culture and way of life. Entertainment is not their sole purpose. They are used to communicate emotions, pass down history, observe rites of passage, strengthen the bonds between people of the same community, and to promote a feeling of oneness between them. They are instrumental in reminding and celebrating the community’s rich historical heritage.
Being the most ethnically and culturally diverse continent, Africa has spawned a multitude of dances across the various countries and landscapes found there. Each dance has a unique history that lends itself to the language of the songs, and cannot be rendered in any other dance, be it of the same culture or of a different one. Despite their vividly diverse nature, they are built upon the same foundations. They exhibit key similarities in the essence as well as the purpose of the dances.
African dances are performed in linear or circular formations. The circular formations are believed to possess supernatural powers. These two forms are combined in various ways to give rise to more complex and
For every Academy Awards function, it takes two days to install the 16,500 square feet red carpet.
The red carpet has been one of the most renowned and globally acknowledged floors in the world. It can be spotted in all sorts of events such as important diplomatic meetings, The Oscars, award functions, movie premieres, and nowadays it is widely used in high school proms too. Rolling down a red carpet for any important person is considered to be an apt welcome. It gives a feeling of royalty and respect.
Many are of the view that the red carpet theme is used too often. Instead of reserving it for special occasions you can actually see a rolled out red carpet for any large or small show, upon which a guest has to walk towards the auditorium or the building of the event. It is on the red carpet that celebrities pose for their pictures, answer media questions, etc. However, it is not a modern invention. In fact, originally, it was not even related to the entertainment industry. In the upcoming sections of this Buzzle article, we
Opera, an integral part of the Western classical music tradition, is a beautiful blend of music, dance, and drama. It is an exquisite art form wherein singers and musicians put up a dramatic work on stage. An opera house is a theater consisting of a stage, an orchestra pit, backstage facilities and seating for the audience that is used for opera performances. Opera has a glorious history that begins with the popular works by Monteverdi, Purcell and Cavalli of the seventeenth century and ranges right up to the twentieth century works of Messiaen, Berio, Adams and others. Let’s take a tour to the era that witnessed the origin of opera and also look at a brief history of this popular art form.
History and Timeline of Opera
When and where did opera begin? Dafne, created by Jacopo Peri, an Italian composer and singer, is regarded as the earliest opera composition. It was largely inspired by an elite circle of Florentine humanists. The orchestration of Dafne consisted of a harpsichord, a lute, a viol, a triple flute, and an archlute. Sadly, no one has been able to
The late 19th century witnessed the birth of the social settlement. Social settlement (also variously known as the community center, neighborhood house or settlement house) originated with the aim of improving the quality of life of a single or a group of neighborhoods. The social settlement movement engaged in education and social welfare activities. In addition, all kinds of hobby clubs and recreational programs were also undertaken.
One of the most significant contributions of the social settlement movement was the establishment of and popularization of folk dances. The settlement movement gave rise to the International Folk Dance Movement in the later years. Folk Dance in America was popularized by two pioneering ladies – Elizabeth Burchenal and Mary Wood Hinman. Country line dance was and is, to this day, one of the many folk dance forms that were a part of the conglomerate of dance forms that were included in the International Folk Dance Movement.
Country Line Dance
Country line dance originated as an amalgamation of the country western dance and folk dance forms. Though quite a simplified and basic dance form, country line dance has its own peculiarities and traits. The main highlights of this dance form
Colombia is a beautiful South American country bordered by the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Amazon rainforests on the other. Its rich culture has shades of Italian, Spanish, American, and African influences. The Caribbean coast of Colombia is where the Cumbia originated as a form of music. Gradually, a graceful dance form evolved around this music and came to be known as the Cumbia dance. Today, it is the national dance of Colombia.
The Cumbia dance originated around the late 17th century, as a courtship dance. It all began with the African slaves who were brought in by the Spanish to the Caribbean coast. These people made the most of the occasional opportunities to celebrate, and it was on these days that they had fun, dancing to the beat of drums, claves and other percussion instruments. This deep-rooted African influence in Cumbia music exists even today. The word ‘Cumbia’ originates from the word cumbe, the name of a Guinean dance form. Let’s have a look at the history of the dance and its evolution, through each of its aspects: dancing attire, style, purpose and the use of musical instruments. This article focuses on how each
Whether you want to learn to dance to get in shape or to get ready to tear up the dance floor for a special occasion, couples’ dance classes are a great way to spend time with a loved one while having fun and burning calories. You can learn all sorts of social dances to get ready for weddings and parties, and you can even have the option to have a special dance choreographed just for you on a special occasion. Mostly, you’ll have fun while spending time with someone you love.
What You’ll Learn
Social dances include dances like the Waltz, Foxtrot, Salsa, Merengue, Swing Dance, Rumba, and many more. These dances and their variations are what you will learn when you begin your dance classes. All the dances are based on just a few steps, so you’ll find yourself picking up the basics in no time. When you discover a favorite dance, you can go in-depth into the steps of that dance, learning moves that will wow everyone who sees you on the dance floor. No matter what music comes on, you’ll have moves to match the beat.
Why to Take Them
Many people take
Do you have an overactive child who is yearning for some great after-school activity? If yes, then you should definitely consider dancing as an extracurricular activity for the kid. From learning a new skill, to improving coordination and making new friends, dance school can be the perfect place to harness a kid’s toe-tapping energy. However, dance classes are usually quite expensive, and parents can have a tough time choosing the right class especially if they have no idea about where to start. Song and dance can play a crucial role in the physical and emotional development of the child. Therefore, choosing the right dance school is imperative if you want the child to receive proper training and have an enriching experience.
Knowing what to look for when choosing the right school will help in asking the right questions. Do not be floored by dance trophies and ‘experienced’ teachers. The right school or organization should focus on harnessing and refining a child’s natural ability. In this Buzzle article, we provide some simple tips to choose a dance school for your kid.
How to Choose a Dance School for Your Child.
The Dance Style
Is your child
Dance is one of the most beautiful forms of art that has grown in leaps and bounds. Dance is no longer just a hobby; it is also one of the most lucrative professions as well. Besides, dance therapy is very much in vogue these days simply because the experience of dancing helps a person to heal from within. Dance is a form of expression that helps a person bring forth who they are, and what they’re passionate about.
The different types of dances and dance styles that are prevalent all over the world, are an indication of the popularity of this art form. From the olden days till date, dance has always been performed for social reasons or even if just something to aesthetically display. The various types of dances are also considered as an entertaining way to remain fit, with zumba, and other forms of dance, being incorporated into workout routines.
Every dance form has its own unique identity. Each dance is beautiful in its own way and has a different appeal to it. Every country has a distinctive approach about its dance style, with ethnicities worldwide merging dance forms, and even creating new ones, transforming
Acro dance draws its inspiration from other dance forms such as jazz, modern dance, lyrical, and classical dance.
Acro is a type of dance that has been formed with the amalgamation of dancing acrobatic gymnastics. It has the body control and flexibility, balance, athleticism, and precision of acrobatics along with fun and free-flowing choreography and music of various styles of dances.
Acro dance was popularized in a competitive dance show. However, it was well-known long before that. It got its well-deserved fame and spotlight via contemporary circus productions such as Cirque du Soleil and through professional dance theater in the 1800s.
This dance style is especially challenging as the performers require to be well trained in acrobatics as well as dance.
Some believe that the Acro dance has its roots in traditional Chinese dances. However, this dance form came into spotlight in Canada and the United States in the early 1900s in Vaudeville. Although Acro was performed long before the 1900s, it got its well-deserved popularity in that era.
Sherman Coates was one such dancer who performed with Watermelon Trust between 1900 to 1914. Tommy Woods was another such dancer known for his slow-motion acrobatic dance
Jazz dancing involves movements that are specially choreographed to West-African music compositions. The movements are termed as jazz, which is basically an umbrella term, and set to ‘blues’ notes, polyrhythms, improvisations, the ‘swung’ note, and syncopation. The Jazz form of dancing actually relates to several dance styles that are related, such as ballet, tap, and the African-American rhythms-and-dance styles.
This dance form originated in the late 1800s. The trend took time to catch on, but eventually did by the mid 1900s. Till the 1950s, jazz dancing was largely referred to as tap dancing, because of the routines set to jazz music. The Jazz Age was characterized by the popularity of dance forms such as the Cakewalk, Charleston, Jitterbug, Black Bottom, Boogie Woogie, and the Lindy Hop. These styles developed at various venues, and were excellently executed by dedicated enthusiasts, who made even the most simplest step look quite elaborate.
The African Connection
In the early 1800s, when slavery existed in many parts of the world, slave trade was a popular business. It is this slave trade that led to the origination of jazz dance. In African culture, people used to dance in celebration of birth, puberty, marriage,
I have been a movie buff ever since I can remember. My parents both had a great passion for movies with my father being a keen viewer of ‘English movies’, as we called Hollywood movies that made their way to our Indian movie theater screens and my mother being an avid fan of Hindi movies. So, a large chunk of my formative years were spent in darkened cinema halls as I experienced the thrill that came with watching war movies, the chills that horror movies inevitably brought about, the rib-tickling laughter that comedies caused, and the enthrallment brought about by dramas and historical epics. Over the years I have seen Hollywood movies ranging across a wide spectrum, from movies of the black and white era to the movies of today with their computer generated special effects. It is therefore really hard to make a list of the top 10 best Hollywood movies that everyone would agree on. Each movie that has been heralded by critics and viewers alike is unique in its own way.
Selecting the top 10 Hollywood movies is a subjective exercise at best. However, great movies usually have a few common factors about them. First of
It could just be me, and it might be a critical eye too fervently trained to pick apart the most basic miscues in Hollywood and the surrounding industries, but the horror film industry has hit something of a boon of late. It seems to come in waves. In the 1970s, it was exploitation, slasher flicks like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and going into the ’80s, it was the uber long franchise exploitation of that slasher formula in Friday The 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street. Then there was a lull for a few years, as audiences got bored with the same old movies.
Much like its oft resurrected villains, the horror genre always comes back though, and in the 1990s, it found its stride in the teen slasher genre, this time exploiting the exploding high school, college age teen drama, with films like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Fast forward a few years, and once again the genre faltered. When you’ve seen one psychopathic, inhuman killer, you’ve seen them all. And so, the next step was something much different, and much more disturbing, born of the proliferation of stylized violence in the
The New Entertainment Industry.
It used to be that going to the movies was a common form of evening entertainment – or even afternoon entertainment – for people of all classes and age groups across the United States. These days, a trip to the movie theater has been largely replaced by television, video games, and the Internet. People don’t want to shell out ten bucks or more to go to a movie when they could easily watch a rented movie or stay home and play games with friends via web-connected gaming systems. Nevertheless, all-time top grossing box office records continue to be broken, it seems more and more often.
Movie Going as an Event.
This odd situation is fairly easily explained. Hollywood knows that people are unlikely to go see any old movie in the theater. They need the movie going experience to be a true event. Going to the movies needs to be a big deal – something special enough to disconnect people from their cell phones and computers. (Of course, not everyone bothers to disconnect themselves from mobile devices, making for a more distracted cinematic experience.) So how does Hollywood achieve this epic event atmosphere
Apart from being a popular tourist attraction in the Big Apple, the Broadway Theater District is also a major revenue generator, throwing up more than $1 billion in ticket sales annually. Broadway shows have withstood competition from all quarters, including the talkies, and have clearly survived it all. Well, more than survived, if the sales figures are anything to go by.
Today, Broadway musicals are all about the glitz and glamor, combined with extravagant visuals and racy music. When it comes to listing the highest earners in recent times, several factors come into play; for instance, the longest running may not always be the highest earning production. Putting this to rest, we’ve complied a list of shows that have ranked high on popularity, and have also set the cash registers ringing
Highest Grossing Broadway Musicals
The Lion King
Having grossed $853.8 million, The Lion King became the highest grossing musical on Broadway in 2012, edging out The Phantom of the Opera.
Elton John’s music powers the theatrical version of Disney’s The Lion King, just like the original animated film. It officially opened on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre on November 13, 1997. More than
There’s at least one thing that makes everyone tick. Music. Imagine if there would be no music to listen to at all? How would your life be? Boring, isn’t it? There’s no doubt that music can instantly put you in a good mood. In fact, it has much more benefits than you may even know.
Makes You Creative And Productive.
It makes you more creative and productive in daily life and work, as well as helps release stress. No matter what is going on in your life, it makes you feel better in no time. There’s a song for every mood and situation that you connect instantly with.
Can’t Live Without Music.
No wonder most people around the world simply love music, so much so that they just can’t live without it. Call them addicts, obsessed, fanatics, freaks, whatever, but in the end, they all love music no matter what.
They put it on as soon as they get up in the morning, and sleep only if they get to listen to music.
So, take a look at the signs below to know if you’re a real music lover, or not.
Things That Prove
No matter what the media ‘industry’ says or does, music shall always remain a form of art. Even when made solely for the purpose of getting rich, it still needs a source of expression. Every genre has a build-up and then a follow-up. Every style has its high point. Today we have such a large list of musical genres and styles, that it would be impossible for anyone to listen to every piece of music created even in a hundred lifetimes, let alone one! And that is why we make categories: to find a style that suits us and explore it as much as we can.
The music of the old days. The kind of music that most of us have forgotten, yet listen to everyday. Because most of what we hear now is derived from what the great classical composers created decades and centuries ago. The main categories in classical music are Orchestral music, Chamber music, and Opera.
We may think of classical music as what orchestras play in a giant auditorium, wearing black clothes, with a conductor frantically waving his staff about. That’s a very base description of something that the composers dedicated their lives
Drama is a great recreational activity which not only cultivates self-confidence in an individual, but also acts as a mode of self-expression. Starting a drama club at school is a great idea that can help build new friendships and strengthen the older ones. Plus, it can prove to be a great platform for like-minded people to come together, and create some really innovative and entertaining pieces of performing art. Here’s how you can start a drama club at your school.
Steps to Start a Drama Club
✿ Approach your friends, and find out if they are interested in joining the club. This way, you can judge if your idea will work in the long run. For a start, five to ten people is a good number.
✿ Make a rough plan about what activities you wish to do through the club. This is very important for convincing people to be a part of your drama club. Ensure that the activities that you plan for your club are meaningful and productive.
✿ Acquire necessary permissions from concerned authorities in your school. If no such club exists in your school, you can ask your school’s headmaster/mistress for permission to
Comedy and Tragedy Theatre Masks.
Every play had them. Without them, amphitheaters seemed incomplete. These two faces represented the two basic emotions of joy and sorrow. They weren’t human faces; they were masks. We are talking about those two faces that have together become the symbol of theatre ― the comedy and tragedy theatre masks.
Though the masks as symbols of theatre and acting, have become popular universally, the story behind their origin is relatively less famous. What is interesting however, is that the masks are always portrayed together. The origins of these masks can be traced back to open-air Greek theatre. Greek plays were performed wearing them. The intent of wearing the masks was to represent different emotions, and their look was exaggerated for the audience to be able to clearly distinguish between them.
Derived from Greek mythology, the theatrical masks are symbols of the ancient Greek Muses, Thalia and Melpomene. Here’s more on the history and meaning of the comedy and tragedy theatre masks.
Masks in Ancient Greek Theatre.
It is widely believed that theatre masks have originally been attributed to Dionysus, the Greek God of wine, grape harvest, fertility, and theatre, and
The longest running drama, performed by the 27 O’Clock Players in New Jersey, USA on July 27, 2010, was ‘The Bald Soprano’ that lasted 23 hrs 33 min and 54 sec.
Life and its intricacies are portrayed so well on stage through the actions and performances of theater actors. This creative art form is renowned throughout the world as drama. It is a means of self-expression, where actors showcase their inherent talents on stage and is interwoven with other elements, like music, dance, instruments, microphones, and lights, to make it more appealing to the audience. Theater and drama are collective terms, and the basic component of the play is a story based on fictional events and characters.
The evolution of drama bears a rich history, and it had influences mainly from the Western civilizations. The theatrical culture emerged from Greece and Athens, thereby creating an impact throughout the world. Classical Athenian drama was succeeded by Roman drama, Medieval, Elizabethan and Jacobean (English renaissance theater), modern, and postmodern drama. Different genres of dramas were produced, which gained immense popularity amongst all sections of society. Worth noting, Asian countries like India, China, and Japan also composed dramas that explicitly
Theatre of the Absurd is often said to have sprung from the realist movement in the drama. Its concepts are a far cry from real life, and ambiguous of the time and setting with metaphorical or archetypal characters. This genre is also referred to as an “Anti-theatre” as the plays contrast the traditional methods of dramatics and rely on surreal, illogical, and plot-less settings. The outside world is portrayed as the big bad wolf which is menacing, cold, and frightful but with a touch of poetic vagueness and inconsistency.
Therefore, the Theatre of the Absurd was not associated with positive drama nor does it propose any solution to a human’s meaningless existence, instead, it manifests the folly of humanity.
➔ The roots to absurdist plays originated from the Greek tragic dramas and the allegorical plays of Elizabethan times. During the 1920s and 1930s surrealists experimented with the ideologies of the subconscious mind proposed by Sigmund Freud and wrote surreal dramatic pieces. But the major catalyst which promoted trauma of living through the eyes of the abstract thinkers was World War II.
➔ The atrocities of the war encouraged existentialist philosophers like Jean-Paul Sartre