Ramadan Entertainments

Outline of the Event:

1. The cine-vision-representation of the history of Cyprus beginning from Mythology lasting up to our age.

2. Feslikan:

A dance with traditional/authentic features accompanied by a Cypriot folk song, which consists of the Mediterranean rhythm, aesthetics and sentiment, is performed.

3. Elleri Kınalı (Girls with Henna on Hands):

With lyrics and music by the Cypriot artist Dr. Arif Ali Albayrak, the song “Elleri Kınalı” is sung by Cypriot artist Umut Albayrak. 

4. Sickle Dance (A dance within the genre “Repetitive-Spectacle”):

“Sickle dance” is a kind of dance that tells about villagers harvesting their crop and afterwards dancing with their sickles, which were used while harvesting, to show their special skills.

5. Performance of the Whirling Dervish:

The philosophy of mevleviyeh was offered to Cyprus by the Ottomans that immigrated to the island after the year 1571, when Cyprus was taken under by the Ottoman Empire. This performance, intense with the religious sentiments of mevlevis, is acted out by a whirling dervish. 

6. S. Zeybeği (Zeibek of the Drunkard, one of our dances within the genre of zeibek): 

A very significant one among the performances in Cyprus. Through the dance, which is presented with a contemporary approach and an authentic music, the story of a man and a woman who are in love with each other, and their struggle to get together are offered to the viewer.

7. 15 Minutes Break

8. Cypriot Weddings:

As a very significant part of the Cypriot culture, the wedding is performed. Within the representation of the tradition of weddings, the dance community Dance of Cyprus, accompanied by an outstanding orchestra,

Within the representation of the tradition of weddings, the dance community Dance of Cyprus, accompanied by an outstanding orchestra, acts several performances following the contemporary styles with no harm to the authentic music and figures.
 
- A tradition applied before the wedding, “Kına Yakma” (Applying Henna) is performed as follows: 
       
Accompanied by others with candles, the bride receives henna while the groom has the groom-shaving. While the men and women enjoy the event, the dowry is opened up, quilts are covered, the guests are offered cakes, halloumi and dried fruits, and the entertainment goes on till the morning.
 
Dances to be performed:
 
a. Susta (One of the dances within the genre “Kasap”):
Dancers perform it shoulder to shoulder in four-cycle. With the music gradually speeding up and the dance is performed.
 
b. Kına Sirtosu (Henna Sirto, a dance within the genre “Sirto”):
A dance performed by two men face to face, saluting one another with a handkerchief is performed.
 
c. Greetings by Women 1, 2, and 3 (A dance within the genre “Greeting”):
A traditional Cypriot dance, performed generally by man, in which stamps and squats are highly common with a greatly aesthetic structure, is offered to the viewer. 
 
e. Sultanım (My Sultan): (4:50)
With lyrics and music by the Cypriot artist Dr. Arif Ali Albayrak, the song “Sultanım” is sung by Cypriot artist Umut Albayrak.
One of the traditional Cypriot dances, in which elegance is fore grounded and women, whose hand figures reflect the handcrafts (such as embroidering), dance in perfect harmony with respect to hands and feet.
 
d. Greetings by Men 1, 2, and 3 (A dance within the genre “Greeting”): (5:10)
 
e. Sultanım (My Sultan): (4:50)
With lyrics and music by the Cypriot artist Dr. Arif Ali Albayrak, the song “Sultanım” is sung by Cypriot artist Umut Albayrak.
 
f. Eagle Dance (A dance within the genre “Repetitive-Spectacle”): (5:00)
It is a dance telling about the struggle of an eagle, who lives on the mountains of Cyprus, with his prey and finally catching it.
 
g. Akdeniz’in Güzel Kızı (The Elegant Mediterranean Girl): (3:50)
With lyrics by the Cypriot artist Dr. Arif Albayrak and music by Faik Sudgeddinov, the song “Akdeniz’in Güzel Kızı” is sung by Umut Albayrak with its due Mediterranean rhythm, aesthetics and sentiment. It is accompanied by the impressive performance of the dance community.
 
h. Çiftetelli and Arabiye (Dances within the genre “Free-Style): (2:40)
These performances, in which the dancers move with individual and independent figures through oriental manners, are presented.
 
i. Bardak Oyunu (Glass Dance, a dance within the genre “Repetitive-Spectacle”): (8:30)
Performed by dancers, who struggle to carry the glasses highest in number, competing with each other.
 
j. Kozan (A dance within the genre “Sirto”): (4:00)
It is performed in traditional Cypriot weddings as a dance both to greet the bride and the groom and to end the wedding. Girls dance individual figures with the pots in their hands; the one carrying it the latest breaks the pot; children collect the coins spreading out of the pot with great cheerfulness; and the married couple are wished as many children as the number of the debris of 
the broken pot. Finally the last dance of the Cypriot wedding, Kozan, is performed.
 
9. Hacivat and Karagöz Plays
 
10. ENDING
 

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