Guedra: Rhythms, Chants and Trance Blessing Dance from Morocco
Janine Ryle, Jasmyn Mabalatan-Weissman and Amy Gilbert
The Guedra takes its name from the drum, made from a clay cooking
pot of the same name, used to keep the heartbeat rhythm of the dance.
It is done throughout the North African regions inhabited by the Tamachek,
also known as the Tuareg or Blue People, so named because of the blue
hue their indigo-dyed garments impart to their skin. The ritual is
performed to impart blessings and good energy to the community, and
is also done in connection with courtships and weddings. The version
being taught today is from Morocco, as taught to me by legendary dancers
and researchers Katarina Burda and Morocco.
Janine Ryle, co-director of Danse
is an Ethnic dance performer and event producer. Her early training
in the arts was in music and
international folkloric dance. She has studied classical and folkloric
Egyptian, North African folkloric and classical Andalusian, Amazigh
(Berber), Turkish Rom and Oryental, Persian, Uzbek, Tajik, Bokharan
and Afghan dance. Janine has performed with Ballet Afsaneh, Hahbi ‘Ru
Dance Ensemble and Magaña Baptiste’s San Francisco Royal
Academy of Oriental Dance, at the DeYoung Museum, The Palace of Fine
Arts, McKenna Theater, Rosicrucian Museum Theater, Mexican Heritage
Plaza, Marin Showcase Theater, Stanford University and UC San Francisco.
She currently teaches North African dance in San Francisco. Janine
has produced Ethnic music and dance performances and fundraisers in
the Bay Area since 1999.