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Author Morocco, stage name, Interviewee.
Title Interview with Morocco [sound recording]
Imprint 2002.
Location Call No. Status Help Message
 Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance  *MGZTC 3-2313  cassette 1    AVAILABLE  USE IN LIBRARY
 Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance  *MGZTC 3-2313  cassette 2    AVAILABLE  USE IN LIBRARY
 Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance  *MGZTC 3-2313  cassette 3    AVAILABLE  USE IN LIBRARY
 Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance  *MGZTC 3-2313  cassette 4    AVAILABLE  USE IN LIBRARY
 Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance  *MGZMT 3-2313  transcript    AVAILABLE  USE IN LIBRARY


Description 4 sound cassettes (ca. 300 min.) + transcript (137 leaves)
Note Interviewed by Barbara Sellers-Young on June 29 or 30, 2002 in Amsterdam, Netherlands (cassette 1) and on March 26 and 27, 2001 in Sacramento, Calif. (cassettes 2-4).
Cassette 1, taped June 2002, is an attempt to recreate an inaudible March 2001 interview. Due to the 15-month delay in scheduling, and despite every attempt to cover the original interview topics, the recreation may not include parts of the original interview or it may repeat material found on cassettes 2-4. The sound quality is poor, but audible.
Summary Cassette 1 (ca. 50 min.). Morocco discusses her beginnings in dance and her introduction to the people, cultures and music of Middle Eastern dance; the cultural associations she brought and experienced in relation to this work; describes a typical evening at the clubs where she was dancing; the participation of men in social and theatrical dance; the beginnings of her travel and research abroad; the origin of her professional name, Morocco.
Cassette 2 (ca. 90 min.). Morocco describes oriental costumes from sketches and paintings; differentiates between the true folk dances and costume elements and what was viewed and desired by European men and the wider culture; the beginnings of her teaching; the economics of dancing at that time; qualities that attract people to these dance forms, including what attracted her; her teaching style; her ideas on the relationship of oriental dance, sexism, intelligence and sexuality; describes her seminars; cultural expectations in different parts of this country and abroad; describes what she hopes to impart to her students; travels; her first encounters with Moroccan dancers and the impression it made on her; first trip to Morocco; meeting B'Shara and learning Guedra.
Cassette 3 (ca. 90 min.) More on travel and studying dance in the Middle East; describes and compares performing in various countries and around the United States; describes how she learned various dances; bringing groups on tours to Morocco, Egypt and Turkey to learn about the dancing; describes cultural differences in these places and how she prepares those traveling with her; briefly describes other dances she learned while travelling; differentiates oriental from other dance forms; lists dancers she admires; her perceptions of the meaning of certain dances; changes in the cultures from which these dances are drawn.
Cassette 4 (ca. 70 min.). Continues to explore concepts such as folk and classical in reference to various eastern and western dance forms; the place of the dancer within the culture; body image and requirements for oriental dance; certain milestones in her career; stories from group trips she has organized; getting costumes made; thoughts on her teaching; the place of oriental dance in American culture; her own role and contribution to the field; experiences on television; impact of videotapes and CDs on spreading knowledge of these dance forms; judging the authenticity of your sources and of the forms you see; her commitment to preserving these dances.
Funding Preservation was made possible in part with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, 2001-2002.
Local Note Arch. orig.: *MGZTCO 3-2313 nos. 1-4
Preservation master: *MGZTP 4-2313 nos. 1-7
Dubbing master: *MGZTD 4-2313 nos. 1-7
Archival transcript: *MGZMTO 3-2313
Subject Morocco, stage name.
Belly dance.
Alsharqi (Dance)
Dance -- Middle East.
Alsharqi (Dance) -- Study and teaching.
Folk dancing -- Middle East.
Local Subject Audiotapes -- Morocco.
Added Author Sellers-Young, Barbara, Interviewer.
Donor/Sponsor Oral History Project. Oral History Archive.
National Endowment for the Arts, 2001-2002.
Call No. *MGZMT 3-2313 [Transcript]
Research Call Number *MGZMT 3-2313 [Transcript]
*MGZTC 3-2313 (sound cassettes)