Jaynie Aydin Ethnographic Dance Research and Performance

Update on Dances of Turkey Volume 1 and Jaynie’s Summer Schedule

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Greeting friends of Dance Ethnography!
So sorry it has been a quiet winter and spring from my end of things. As some of you may know I have been in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus working in a very special place called Lefke. My students all passed their exams with flying colors by learning basic ethnographic video production. In the process of our classes I, along with my student community, had the chance of visiting many historical places in North Cyprus. We conducted a series of ethnographic interviews on film that focused on the many aspects of folk culture here on the island. In between classes I was able to do a little bit of editing on Dances of Turkey Volume 1. In two weeks time I will be in Izmir again where I will complete the editing in collaboration with PARADOX Production house. It is my goal to have the video out for distribution by September- thanks for your patience!

A new project is already underway and will involve the performance of regional identity in the form of the classic ZEYBEK dance. I will be attending and filming a BIG WEDDING in my favorite village called DAMPINAR in Aydin, Turkey. I hope to show how traditions from the past are expressed in modern day village life.

I invite you all to visit my website for more details- or as always, e-mail me at jaynieaydin@gmail.com.
More news coming soon!
ALOHA- Jaynie

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