tabla e timbal

Music and dance show 

by Jacy
Original texts in Italian by Antonella Rita Roscilli 
Translation by Joachim Richter 

Dance and percussion are the base of "TABLA & TIMBAL", a fascinating show which unites the African, afrobrazilian and Arabic music and dance expressions.

Jacy’s show unites on the stage dancers and musicians from West Africa, Brazil and North Africa. Jacy and her featured guest artists on one hand recall Jacy’s Brazilian origin, the magical state of Bahia which over the centuries has preserved its cultural African roots. On the other hand it demonstrates the universality of human spirituality as reflected by the ease of the dialogue between different cultures.

The sound and rhythms produced by the Egyptian hand drum “Tabla” (syn. Darbukah) are in perfect synthony with the ones produced by the Brazilian drum “Timbal” and those produced by the Senegalese drums.

Music and dance are able to unite people and traditions which otherwise would be incompatible. Afrobrazilian culture reflects the painful history of slaves who had to adapt to the repression by European colonialists. “Capoeira” and “Maculêle” are Afrobrazilian fighting dances of energy and emotion. The development of these dances is due to the phantasy of the slaves who were obviously not allowed to continue any fighting exercises.
Senegalese dance and music have developed under cultural influences from the North by contact with Arabian, Tuareg and Berber traders and from the South by other West African cultures.
Historically, these cultures seem to be in contrast with the culture of slave traders like the Arabians. However, also Oriental drumming and dancing has continuously integrated Sub-saharan African influences as well as ancient Egyptian, European and Asian traditions.

Music and dance constitute the most sublime and subtle way of human communication. If speech and writing enable to communicate between minds, music and dance allow the immediate communication between hearts. Music and dance are a mystery of human evolution, a “human universalism” like laughing, crying and language. There is no other creature in nature that has developed similar ways of communication. Obviously, these emotional and cultural expressions must have contributed to make human beings to survive the struggle of evolution, similarly to the invention of fire did.

Rhythm and music may allow to thousands of people to come into complete synthony. This applies even to enemies, as demonstrated by the Christmas reunions between soldiers of combating parties during World War I. As Dizzie Gillespie said: “I have never heard that dancing harmed somebody”. Some scenes of Jacy’s production focus on the “cathartic” element of purification, the incredible power of dance and music to sweep away sorrow and sadness. This power has always been sensed by human beings giving them a central role in all ritual manifestations of spirituality. Drumming and dancing play a central role not only in all sub-saharan African and Afrobrazilian religions like “Candomblé” but also in Oriental mysticism.

Jacy’s show is aimed also at confirming that all music and dance is intrinsically eclectic, an experience which is perfectly natural in a country like Brazil. Just think in modern musical traditions like “samba”, “chorinho” or “bossa nova”. There is no superiority of “sophisticated” Oriental Dancing, considered to be the mother of the dance  to apparently less sophisticated African “tribal” traditions formerly considered “primitive” but a equal dialogue.

The show proposal includes the possibility of work shops of Oriental, Afro-Brazilian and Senegalese Dancing and Drumming with distinguished experts in the respective field.

Technical Details
Scene actors
1 Senegalese dancer
1 Afro-Brazilian dancer
2 Capoeira dancers
8 musicians
Musical instruments: keyboard, tabla, timbal, djembé and Senegalese drums
Total persons: No. 13 
Scenography: black background with typical scenic elements recalling Africa, Brazil and Orient.
Duration of the show: 1hours and 30 minutes

Project "Tabla & Timbal" ©Copyright Jacy de Sao Pedro Richter

Concept and artistic direction: Jacy 
portable phone: +49-(0)177-4646166

Musical Direction: Jacy and Ahmed Jomaa

Choreography: Jacy and Dugato

Press Office:  Antonella Rita Roscilli
portable phone: +39 347 5569495   

Tabla & Timbal