What is the Sa’idi “Tahtib” Part II – Video Examples
To continue our Sa’idi Tahtib subject, this week we have two fun videos!
An Informal Game of Tahtib
The first video shows the “play” aspect that the tahtib can employ. This was not a formal tournament nor was it an event that normally includes the tahtib contest. I videotaped this informal tahtib in Luxor at the men’s party at a wedding, December 2012. The main event was dancing horses and a mizmar band, but as soon as our video cameras came out we were happy to see two young men of the family jumped in to show off and enjoy an informal game of tahtib, starting with big smiles :00 ending with a good natured hug at 2:15.
A Child Learns the Movement of His Culture
This second video illustrates how the tahtib is learned. Although this video is not mine, I have observed this several times, a patient adult of clear technique plays tahtib with the young one learning. The times I saw this, the teaching contest was among the adults in the tournament, the audience giving them the same respect as the experts. You can see that now and then the adult tells the child what to do, at one point telling him to dance raqs assaya, other times you can see the child improv, showing how well he is learning.
Over the next couple of weeks we will be visiting several different aspects of Sa’idi dance, finishing up our mini-series with a Q & A. Please leave any questions below and they will be answered! If there are questions I can’t answer I will bring them with me to Egypt and ask in the Sa’id during my next research trip this June.
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