Dabke? What’s that? Starting with the name: in Arabic, Dabke literally means ‘stamping’. But you have to put it in the context of a modern Levantine-Arabic circle of dance. This dance is performed in Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan and Saudi Arabia as well as in other middle eastern countries.
The dance combines circle dancing and line dancing. It’s broadly performed at weddings, festivals and other important occasions. During this Dabke Night, you’ll see professional performances and also get the opportunity to learn this traditional way of dancing. The best part is: you never dance alone!
Mix-tunes of Arabic and Western music often sound a bit off and uncomfortable because of the colliding scales. But the Syrian-Dutch production of Gharib has a clever way of working around that. The band consist of Syrian singer/musician Gharib and four Dutch musicians. The group will bring a unique mix of eastern (Arabic) and western music, which is immersive, danceable and melancholic.
22.00: DABKE WORKSHOP
The typical Dabke music is a real party starter at Arabic weddings, but it is also seen more and more in The Netherlands. The dance is originally very traditional but, a lot of urban dancers make a mix of hip-hop and modern dance.
22.30: DJ MATRUB
Matrub مطروب is the alter ego of MPs Pilot, one of Holland’s best-known tropical/world DJ’s and producers. During his shows, he showcases a worldwide and modern repertoire. Especially for this Dabke Night, Matrub will play a set of Arabic rhythms that will keep you dancing all night long.
Start to end: ARABIC MEZZE
For a small price, you can enjoy amazing tasty homemade Arabic dishes like Tabouleh, Humous, Kibbeh and all other kinds of sweets.