Rakkasah East Festival East- October 2010
Photos by Carl Sermon
Commentary by MaShuqa
posted October 13, 2011
Rakkasah East Festival 2010, the 11th year of this annual festival in Somerset, New Jersey celebrates a blossoming friendship community of East and West coast dancers and musicians. The festival is the East coast version of the 30 year old Rakkasah West Festival tradition in California. This art form of dance is in constantly flux and now includes many different influences in costuming and performance.
It was fascinating to observe the new trends in performance, costumes, and dance styling at this year’s festival: Rainbow colors, Fan veils, Feather fans, Silk veils, Isis Wings, and contemporary costuming designs. A predominant costuming style for dance troupes was similar costume designs with each dancer wearing different colors to personalize their costuming providing a rainbow effect when troupes performed. Flowers and feathers adorned costumes and headpieces. Silk veils dyed to match costumes, or in brilliant contrasting colors were popular and created height and flow in performance. Some troupes performed excellent choreography wearing dancewear usually worn in class – the basic wrap top, dance pants and hip wrap.
Desert Embers of New Jersey
Dharma of Misouri
Fahtiem of California
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Leila Haddad of Paris
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Najma of New York
Nightshade of New Jersey
Phoenis of New Jersey
Raks Sheva of New York
Raks Sheva of New York
Raks Sheva of New York
Troupe Shahibat of Misouri
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