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Dabke is a popular folkloric dance that is common to the Levantine Eastern Mediterranean region. The synchronized “stamping of the feet” (Arabic. dabke) is the basic movement for the dance, which can be danced either in a straight line, in an arch or in a circle.
One of the folk traditions states that dabke originated from the common work at house building. In the past, the houses of the Levant were made from stone with its roofs made of wood, straw and dirt. The parts of the roof had to be assembled, and that required stomping it hard in a uniform way.
There are a couple of Middle Eastern instruments commonly used to play the background music for dabke. Mijwiz – kind of a reed clarinet, tablah - a small hand-drum and a tambourine (
Laudamus Te (We praise you), the German orchestra and choir founded and directed by Monica Meira Vasques, will visit Israel in September for three free performances of the Oratorio Saul, composed by Handel in 1738; 10 September at Kfar Blum in the Galilee; 11 September in Ein Gedi near the Dead Sea and 12 September in the Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem. The celebration marks the 250th anniversary of the death of composer George Fridiric Handel 250 years ago.
The city of Nazareth just might be the selected venue for and additional Leonard Cohen's concert this September. Ministry Director-General Noaz Bar Nir has approached Leonard Cohen (via the concert producer Marcel Abraham), asking that him to consider adding Nazareth to his schedule under the slogan "reconciliation, tolerance and peace", the same slogan he is used in marketing his September 24th 2009 concert in Ramat Gan, the final concert of his world tour.
According to Bar Nir, it was brought to his attention that the singer wanted to play an additional concert in Ramallah, but this did not happen for a variety of reasons. After discussing the idea with Nazareth Mayor Ramiz Jaraisy, Bar Nir proposed holding a second concert in the city of Nazareth - Israel's largest Arab city and home to a 40,000 capacity outdoor amphitheater specially built for the recent visit of the Pope.
Deep in the heartland of Israel,
in the area known as the Elah Valley, close to open fields and the JNF's Britain
Forest, there is an old
Turkish building which was once a Khan or way-station for travellers.
building houses a musical family. The mother, Kochava Taragan, an accomplished flautist, arranges
chamber concerts which are held on the terrace or in the large living room
every Saturday at noon. Before the concert everyone is treated to a bowl of nourishing
soup with home-made croutons. The chamber ensembles, often including Kochava
herself, play a selection of pieces for an hour or two, often interspersed by
some words of explanation. Sometimes the birds outside add their own
contribution to the music. Afterwards most of the audience repairs to one of
the local restaurants for lunch, though if you have not booked a table in
advance you might find yourself obliged to go home. Great restaurants nearby include Pa'amon (meat) and Tavlin (Dairy). Both are located on Route 38, near Beit Shemesh.
Performances are held almost every Saturday at 12:30 p.m., and soup begins at 12 p.m. The next performance is on March 27th.