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Maria Kastrinou-Theodoropoulou

The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony and the Burial of the Martyrs: Syrian Dances in the Arab Spring

[Audience at the Bosra Festiva, Dar`a, Syria, August 2009. Image by Maria Kastrinou-Theodoropoulou]

Some Fires Burn More than Others [August 10th, 2009] Bosra is on fire. Red lights shine through the night in the ancient Roman amphitheatre. The smoke pours onto the stage, where the famous pop singer, Ali al-Deek, and his orchestra have set the audience and the stage on metaphorical fire. Everyone is dancing: old men in traditional attire, women with children in their hands, with or without hijab on their hair, young men and women in groups, people in the front rows, at ...

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Maria Kastrinou-Theodoropoulou



Maria Kastrinou-Theodoropoulou is a doctoral student of social anthropology in Durham University, UK. Her research, based on fourteen months of ethnographic fieldwork, focuses on contemporary Syria and the embodied power relations between communities, intellectuals and the state through the study of dance.