is the sign posted at the front entry. A similiar
sign was also posted at the back door where the
vendors and performers enter,
as well as at the door to the cabaret stage.
Rakkasah Democracy Skips
March 20, 2005
Richmond Civic Auditorium
Report by Lynette, Editor
March 18 2:30 pm -Shukriya's
staff asked me to leave shortly after I arrived at Bert
Balladine's Rakkasah workshop
location! Bert had requested that I come to take pictures
of him teaching. When I asked why I must leave, Shukriya's
staff representatives, Fatima and Loywonner,
answered that she had told them by phone to order me
out or to make me pay for the class, even if I was only
there for a few photos of Bert.
Sunday 9 AM. I received 2 phone calls
from Shukriya each ending with her hanging up on me
abruptly. The first conversation reprimanded me for
"soliciting vendors for advertising" without
renting a table as I had in previous years.Then she
moved on to what seemed to be her real issue: She said,
"You don't like Rakkasah!" referring to Aziza!'s
recent article on Gilded Serpent.
second call, a few minutes later, warned me not to come
to Rakkasah at all. I told her that I had staff members
to support there. Refusing to discuss anything any further
she hung up again.
later that morning I attempted to deliver equipment
to my photographers and reporters but was confronted
at the door by Shukriya's husband, Michael.
He said "I think you have been told not to enter."
Shukriya's husband rushes around the table to bar Lynette
from entering the hall.
Embarrassed security guard enforces Shukriya's ban. Warning
sign is posted on door at level of guard's hip. No more
cookies for him!
Lynette supports her staff and entertains
visitors from the comfort of her new VW camper in the
parking lot behind the building.
The back door to the hall is visible in the background.
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Rakkasah West Festival
2004 Friday Evening March 2004, Richmond, California photos
by GS Volunteers including: Biram, Clare, Cynthia, Krista, Lynette,
Michelle, Monica, Sandra, Valentino, Yasmine and probably more!
Rakkasah Festival 03 West
Photos - Sunday by Susie
Fahtiem, Aziza, Mesmera, Amaya, Shanna, Akiko, Leila, and more...
Doing it my way
Bert's Rakkasah Workshop, "For
me, dance is not cerebral, but highly emotional."
Rakkasah West Festival
2002 Saturday Photos by Susie Poulelis
Anat, Hahbi'Ru, Shoshanna, Domba and more...
Rakkasah 2001 Festival West: Sunday
Photos by Susie Poulelis
Alexandria, Momo Kadous, Soraya, Leila Haddad, Elana, Suhaila,
4-14-00 Rakkasah Festival
2000 Photos- photography and layout by Susie Poulelis
Night - Leila Haddad, Daila Carella and more!
night Photos- posted
On the Subject of Critique
The Critic; Real Critics
Don’t Mince Words by Najia El-Mouzayen
Either we are a sisterhood of ego therapists and our instructors
are politically correct in all they say and do—or we are
tough artists in search of ways to improve our art form by ruthlessly
weeding out the lame from our herd.
Emperor’s New Clothes by Yasmela/ Shelley Muzzy
Until we see ourselves in the context of a larger society, no
one outside of our community will accord us the respect we desire.
the “Agony & The Ecstasy” by Nisima
It’s an unnerving experience to be “critiqued”
by your peers, but my personal opinion then and now is that
when you perform in public, critiquing just goes with the territory