Performances

Arabic Rhythm and Dance Demo

September 23, 2019 7 PM

Concordia University, River Forest

Kretzmann Hall, Music Room

Teaming up with percussionists Donald Skoog and Nick White for a lecture/presentation on Arabic dance and rhythms. Open to the public! 

Arabic Music opening for author Wendy Pearlman

September 22, 2019 2:30 PM

St. Luke's Church, Evanston

Author and Professor at Northwestern University Wendy Pearlman will be reading from her latest work, "We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled", a work documenting the experiences of Syrian refugees via oral histories. Phaedra, Nedal Hamdan and Marwan Kamel will open the event with Arabic music from the Syrian tradition.

Dreams from Cairo Bellydance Intensive

September 6 - 9, 2019

The Majestic Theatre, Las Vegas

Join Phaedra for a weekend of great shows and intense education.  She will be teaching along with International Superstar instructors Camelia of Cairo, Virginia Mendez of Miami,  and Roxane Shelaby of California. Saturday night's showcase will feature the instructors and other guest performers. Event produced by Leyla Amir.

Click HERE for more details and to register.

Chicago SummerDance: Dance Village 2019

Saturday, August 24th, 1-6 PM

Wrigley Square, corner of Michigan Ave. and Randolph

Chicago Dance Village presents mini classes and performances ALL DAY at Wrigley Square, located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street in Chicago. Phaedra will have a mini-performance and belly dance lesson for the public at 3 PM. ALL performance and classes are FREE! Please bring the family and join us to see some of the best dance companies in the city! 

Event details HERE. 

Raqs Hafla: A MidEast Dance Party

June 13th @ 6 PM

Green Briar Park Fieldhouse

2650 W. Peterson, Chicago

Join Phaedra Darwish and guest performers for a Middle Eastern dance showcase, ending in a dance party for all! FREE to all families, neighbors, and friends of the Parks. Presented by the Mayor's Night Out in the Parks program in conjunction with Chicago Park Districts. 

Chicago Park District link HERE

Facebook Event HERE

Raqs Hafla: A MidEast Dance Party

July 26th at 6 PM

Columbus Park

500 S. Central, Chicago

Join Phaedra Darwish and guest performers for a Middle Eastern dance showcase, ending in a dance party for all! FREE to all families, neighbors, and friends of the Parks. Presented by the Mayor's Night Out in the Parks program in conjunction with the Chicago Park District.

Chicago Park District link HERE

Facebook Event link HERE

Raqs Hafla: A MidEast Dance Party

July 27th at noon

Graver Park

1518 W. 102nd Pl., Chicago

Join Phaedra Darwish and guest performers for a Middle Eastern dance showcase, ending in a dance party for all! FREE to all families, neighbors, and friends of the Parks. Presented by the Mayor's Night Out in the Parks program in conjunction with Chicago Park District.

Chicago Park District event link HERE.

Facebook event HERE.

Ensemble al-Wadi at Skokie Cultural Fest

May 18th

4701 Oakton, Skokie - Inside Stage

2:25 - 2:50 PM

Phaedra sings and dances to traditional Arabic music with her group, Ensemble al-Wadi of Chicago.

More info HERE.

Where Rivers Meet: Songs and Stories from Masters of Arabic Music

April 28th, 2019

Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center

2PM - FREE

Where Rivers Meet is a show of traditional Arabic music interwoven with personal stories of Middle Eastern immigrant musicians. String ensemble and storyteller accompany master musicians who share melodies and memories passed down in song and story.

Along the banks of a river, people wash clothes, sing songs, and tell stories. Fabrics, spices and melodies are carried downstream, and villages are woven together by the current. The Shatt Al-Arab, the Nile, and the Jordan converge at Lake Michigan as Chicago Folklore Ensembles explores the music and stories of master musicians from Iraq, Egypt, and Palestine.

Tribal Stomp: Return of the Goddess

 

February 2, 2019  

The Mankind Project, Chicago

7-11 PM

Phaedra comes back as the headliner once again in this night of dance, rhythm, and community. She will be singing half the set, and dancing the other. More bellydance performances from talented local artists and drum circles as well as variety booths  and food vendors throughout the evening.

Tickets and information HERE

Invisibly Visible: A New Installation by Farah Salem

November 15, 2018

SITE Galleries - School of the Art Institute Chicago

4:30 - 7 PM

Kuwaiti artist Farah Salem opens her latest exhibit which explores the abaya as a subject of controversy as well as a social construct. The Zaytunes (Phaedra - vocals and flute; Khaled Shalash - oud and violin; Liz Reyes -  tabla) will open with an hour long concert of Arabic music.

Great Lakes Bellydance Convention

November 9-11, 2018

East Lansing Michigan

Phaedra teaches and performs at the annual Great Lakes Bellydance Convention.

Details and registration HERE

Nobody Sleeps Corpse Cabaret - For the Love of Chocolate fundraiser

Saturday Oct. 27, 2018 - 7 PM

Parkway Ballroom, Chicago

4455 S. King Drive

A costume ball for a great cause! Your ticket includes dinner, drinks, and entertainment. For the Love of Chocolate is a foundation based in Chicago which helps student with their tuition for school. More information HERE

Surabhi Ensemble Global Peace Tour fundraiser

October 15, 2018 - 7:30 PM

City Winery, Chicago

Surabhi Ensemble blends music and dance traditions from Spain, India, and the Middle East. This special concert will raise funds for their world tour, starting in January 2019. Join the ensemble and special guest artists from Chicago and beyond, including Massamba Diop, master of the "talking drum" featured on the Black Panther movie soundtrack. 

Tickets available HERE.

Miami Rakstar Festival

October 5, 2018 - 8 PM

Royal Palm Hotel, Miami

Phaedra performs in the Opening Gala show to kick off the 2018 Rakstar Oriental Dance Festival. Over 20 countries will be represented by participants at this convention.

Oum Kulthoum Lecture and Show

August 26, 2018

The Cell

23rd St., NYC

Phaedra teaches, lectures, and performs at this day of dance dedicated to the legendary voice of the Arab world, Oum Kulthoum. Hosted by Jaida Chandler. Workshops during the day, lecture 5-6 PM, Show at 6 PM featuring live music from some of New York City's finest Arabic music performers.

Detroit City Dance Festival

Saturday, August 11, 2 PM

Detroit Institute of the Arts

Phaedra performs as part of this Detroit Dance City Festival, a weekend-long international dance festival.

Open to the public. 

More information HERE.

Heart of America Belly Dance Festival Gala

 

August 4, 2018 - 8PM

Camelot Ballroom - 6635 West 151st Street

Overland Park, Kansas 

Gala show at the Camelot Ballroom, open to the public, featuring the star teachers of the dance intensive weekend as well as workshop participants. Red carpet, dinner, and belly dance show.

Tix HERE

Art Institute of Chicago Block Party

July 21, 2018 - 3PM

Museum of the Art Institute

Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is throwing it's first annual block party! The public is invited to explore every corner of the museum, which will come to life with music, dance, and performances of all kinds. 

U of C MEME 20th Anniversary Arab Concert

Sunday, May 27th, 6 PM

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

University of Chicago

The University of Chicago Middle East Music Ensemble presents its 20th Anniversary Arab Concert.

Concert is FREE and open to the public.

Details HERE. 

Self-Care Fair

Sunday, May 20, 4:30 - 5 PM

Damen and Leavitt - Pilsen, Chicago

Phaedra performs and teaches a FREE workshop at this all-day community event.

A Conversation on Censorship at SAIC

Monday, May 7, 5 PM

Monroe and Wabash

School of the Art Institute

Phaedra sings and plays flute with the Arabic combo "The Zaytunes" to open up this special evening of esteemed panelists talking about censorship on campuses and in the media. Presented by the Students for Justice in Palestine.

Where Rivers Meet: Songs and Stories from Masters of Arabic Music

Saturday, April 28, 1:30 PM

Wine Recital Hall, Manchester University

Chicago Folklore Ensemble and Crossing Borders Music present tales and music of the ensemble members' journey from their homeland in the Middle East to the United States via storytelling, dance, music, and song. 

Performance is FREE and open to the public.

Where Rivers Meet: Songs and Stories from Master of Arabic Music

April 22nd, 2 PM

Oak Lawn Public Library

Chicago Folklore Ensemble and Crossing Borders Music present tales and music of the ensemble members' journey from their homeland in the Middle East to the United States via storytelling, dance, music, and song. 

Performance is FREE and open to the public.

THAW 2018

 

Saturday, March 31 4-11 PM

Links Hall and Constellation

3111 N. Western, Chicago

The hottest art party of the year! THAW is Links Hall's annual benefit party, a night which unites and highlights dancers, performers, and musicians from all over Chicago.  Belly dance performance at 7PM in Links Hall, Studio A.

 

Tickets can be purchased HERE.

Weekend Dance Intensive and Show at UW-Madison

 

April 7, 2018

Monona Terrace Convention Center 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

1 John Nolen Dr.

Madison, WI

Phaedra's first time teaching in Madison! 

Workshop One: Egyptian Styling

Workshop Two: Drum Solo

SHOW on Saturday PM

For workshop registration, click HERE.

For event tickets and info, click HERE.

World Music Wednesday with Salaam-Shalom Music Project

 

Wednesday, March 21 2018, 8:30 PM

Old Town School of Folk Music

4544 N. Lincoln Ave.

Phaedra dances and sings with Salaam-Shalom Music Project, which includes repertoire from both the Jewish and Arabic traditions.

Reserve your tickets HERE.

Andalusian Trail: Surabhi Ensemble, presented by the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace

 

Saturday, March 10, 6:30 PM

Canterbury School, 3210 Smith Road

Fort Wayne, IN

Surabhi Ensemble performs music and dance from the shared cultural history of medieval Andalusia from the Indian, Middle Eastern, and North African civilizations. Presented by the Indiana Center for Middle East Peace. 

Holi Festival: Surabhi Ensemble at Navy Pier

 

March 4, 2018 at 2PM

Navy Pier, Chicago

Dance performance with Surabhi Ensemble, Chicago's musical and dancing group displaying a cultural blend of Arabic, Indian, and Spanish traditions. 

Al Layla al Arabiyah at DePaul University

 

Wednesday, February 21st, 5 - 10 PM

Courtelyou Commons, DePaul University

2324 N. Fremont, Chicago

DePaul Arabic Language and Culture Club puts on their annual event, "Al Layla al Arabiyah", a celebration of Arab culture. Food, poetry, a debkah troupe performance, along with a belly dance performance by Phaedra (6:30). Open to all Chicagoland college students and DePaul alumni. 

Where Rivers Meet: Stories and Songs from Masters of Arabic Music

 

December 10 and 18, 2017 at 3 PM

Evanston Public Library

Chicago Folklore Ensemble and Crossing Borders Music present tales and music of the ensemble members' journey from their homeland in the Middle East to the United States via storytelling, dance, music, and song. 

Performance is FREE and open to the public.

More information HERE.

Salaam-Shalom Music Project

 

Saturday, November 18, 7:30 PM

303 Dodge Street, Evanston

Songs and dance from Arabic and Jewish traditions

Performance is FREE to the public. Reservations encouraged. 

Register HERE.

Surabhi Ensemble

April 30, 2017 - 4 PM

Elston Performing Arts Center

Michigan City, Indiana

Concert benefiting Syrian refugees

Tickets available HERE

Mother of Smoke

March 23 - April 14, 2017

Pride Arts Center, Chicago

Redtape Theater and Walkabout Theatre co-present this world premier play

Tickets HERE

THAWALLS

March 8, 2017 - 6PM

Navy Pier Chicago

Links Hall, Constellation, and Threewalls collaborate to present this multidisciplinary night of entertainment.

Tickets and information available HERE.

Winter Tribal Stomp 2017

 

February 4, 2017 -  6 - 11 PM

The Mankind Project

1900 W. Fulton Market, Chicago

Phaedra headlines Winter Tribal Stomp 2017 with musician Dusko Merakljija (tabla, mizmar, nay)

Tickets HERE

Performance at Elmhurst College

 

January 27, 2017 at 7 PM

Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel

Elmhurst College

Vintage Belly Dance performance 

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