Fire of Anatolia Turkish Dance Troupe Defies Gravity
The Fire of Anatolia
My brother sent me the video you are about to view shown below. Immediately, their performance inspired so many emotions from the dancers The Fire of Anatolia. First, I wish for you to read this poem and see if you get the gist of what my eyes saw and my ears heard. Can these words express something that prepares you for the explosion of expression in the bodies of many dancing in unison?
The steps look very much like the southern traditional clogging technique.
We admire the amount of training it takes to put together this choreography, like couples skating or acrobats swinging from the high wire. The famous New York City Rockettes chorus line dancers, where practice makes perfect, and the phenomenal applause of the Riverdance shows, that took off across the world to rave sold out audiences flash in my mind.
With a style all their own, do you hear the blending of cultures in the beat of the drums? From Africa, the Middle-East, Russian, Asia, Scotland and Ireland the sounds create an energy that moves the dance troupe. Dressed in black they take turns twirling like dervishes, swirling their black leather skirts with pumping hearts and sweating skin.
Knees become feet, feet become wings, toes bent like steel repartee to the beating drum.
THE FIRE OF ANATOLIA DANCING
Break-dancing that defies gravity
The dance floor appears flat, firm and concrete
Legs lift swiftly as if off a rebounding trampoline
Russian ballerinas on-point their toes curled under
Turks flying through the air to extreme heights
Moving in strict precision in ~ sync sounds of pure harmony
Gesticulating action clapping their 'hukkah!' suite
Resounding voices resemble Greek bellows
This troupe of men and women
all dressed in black keep the rhythmic beat
A simple melancholic tune subtly plays behind the hammer
'whoop - ho' the tambourines pound the hollow drummers
Stiletto features the legs flex and kick
Stand and twirl, pound and whirl
The audience feels the changing cadence
As dancers rush at high speed across the stage floor
Madonna grab your pose swag that stick out
Peter Pan gaily sings their praises so much more
Rigorous precision pirate-mates enchanting
From every angle the dancers steadily flow in tow
No silver swords swirl in their clutches
Only their dedication to this art the dance celebration
FIRE OF ANATOLIA TURKISH DANCERS
The call of the wild
sets them in motion
Welcoming the theatre
with bright azule
Here they come
the line dancers
to the whistling tone.
Beating the drum
in the dark light
I dream of Genie
the costumes so fair.
The number of hours
exercise keeps them trim.
Watching on video
I want to join in.
Not one person
out of step.
Faster and faster
they call holding hands.
in line the dancers
do extoll praises.
How the audience enjoys
The stage ablaze
with glitter catches
In perfect position
they all stood still.
THE FIRE OF ANATOLIA ZEYBEK AND HORON
What was your reaction to viewing this dance troupe? I wanted to. . .
They have the honor to be on wikipedia
The Turkish dance group, lead by Mustafa Erdoğan, consists of 120 dancers in all. The Fire of Anatolia or Anadolu Ateşi has a number of choreographers and technical staff. The staging sets the mood, with a focus on dramatical lighting. Even the lighting in the huge crowd of the audience creates the atmosphere. Having traveled over 85 countries from the USA to China and Japan, we have free tickets through out computer screen and comfortable front row seats. What if we added all the YouTube views to the 20 million who have witnessed and delighted in these performances in person. AWARDS:
- Guinness world record for fastest dance performance with 241 steps per minute. Were you counting as you watched in amazement?
- Guinness world record for largest audience of 400 000 people in Ereğli, in the Black Sea Region of the country.
BONUS VIDEO - SO CUTE!
As I searched for a comparison Clogging Video to show the resemblance of art forms, I stumbled upon this adorable little video of two youngsters. In 2006 they were age 5 and 6 and you can tell they have a lot of talent!
Basically, they illustrate the tapping form, toes and heels. As they advance they will learn all the movements to choreograph more winning performances including all these steps: Brush, Double Toe, Drag, Heel, Rock, Slide, Step, Toe, Break, Click, Hop, Kick, Pivot, Pull, Slur, Stamp, Stomp, Touch, Ball, Bounce, Dig, Flange, Flick, Hit, Point, Skuff, Skuffle, Slip, and Snap
Cotton-Eyed Joe Irish Dance Meets N.C. Clogging
Well, I couldn't resist just one more encore. This creative and inventive pair of cultural dances delights the senses. Although we don't get the professional theatrical production of the Turkish Dance Troupe, we see these young people of the St. Joseph's Irish Dancers and the Sims Country Cloggers in costume working together to harmonize and blend two similar types of dance.
The historical background of clogging explains why the two dance styles blend well together. Clogging developed in the N.C. Appalachian mountains in the mid 1700's where Irish, Scottish, English and Dutch Germans settled and brought their traditional tap folk dancing.
Did Someone Say "ENCORE?!"
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This article is a review of an award-winning Turkish Dance Troupe. The dance troupe "The Fire of Anatolia" has set world records for toe-tapping speed and large sold-out seating performances. Now you can view some theatrical dances via YouTube in the comfort of your home.
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