KamarKamar was based in Christchurch, New Zealand from 1997-2005.
Kamar (qamar) means 'full moon' which is beautiful and desirable in the Arabic culture.
Members of Kamar have all been studying Middle Eastern Dance for a number of years.
In addition to having a grasp of dance technique, they are expected to study the culture and
feed the troupe with what they learn. For example, one member is studying Arabic language;
some are studying drumming; some drama. One is gifted in costuming;
others in choreography. Some troupe members perform also as solo artists and all are expected
to be able to improvise to music. Several also teach.
Kamar was able to provide dancers in a number of performing and costuming styles and a number of standard props such as zills (finger cymbals), veil, cane, and sword.
Gigs have varied from 20 & 40 minute outdoor shows as part of Christchurch's Festival program; to a talk and display at a local Intermediate school; to participation in a theatre based show with a visiting teacher; to performing at SCA events; as well as the more usual surprise entertainment at parties and cabaret appearances.
Here's Kamar in ShimmyShake in the MEDANZ Festival.
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