Novel - Kay is searching for a publisher for her recently-completed novel that explores the transformative friendship between two Saudi women; a troubled college graduate and a mysterious elderly bedouin storyteller. She's also working on a novel set in Morocco.
School Presentations - Would your students benefit from an interactive presentation about the Middle East, Middle Eastern music, Saudi Arabia and its traditional culture, or the women of Saudi Arabia? Kay is available to design a presentation to fit the needs of your Middle East-related topics that will challenge assumptions and get students thinking about the region in a new way. Most importantly, she'll show your students how to explore the Middle East on their own with the Internet. Contact Kay for more information.
Music - Kay plays 'oud and violin in community and college ensembles.
Arabic Music Retreat 2016 - Kay is the Administrative Director of the Arabic Music Retreat. The Twentieth retreat will be held at Mount Holyoke College in August, 2016. Check the official web site of the Retreat for the latest news. Join our facebook group here. Or, join the Retreat's on-line email list by sending a blank e-mail to this link: Arabic Music Retreat Email List.
Dance, Folklore Classes, Henna Parties - Kay teaches Gulf and Saudi women's folk dances (Khaliji or Khaleeji dance) as well as simple folk songs to groups of women and girls. Kay is on the faculty of the Arab Dance Seminar. Upon request, Kay can combine class with a henna party and a live music performance. See Upcoming Events for currently-scheduled workshops. If you'd like to organize a Khaliji folkloric dance class, contact Kay.
Shoma Dance Theater Production: Kay wrote the script for Shoma, a dance theater production performed by the Jawaahir Dance Company in Minneapolis in 1998. In September 2016, Jawaahir has decided to restage the show. Kay has updated the script, and the performance will feature more actors as well as a larger orchestra. At the center of it all is a bedouin folk tale, and more than a dozen dazzling dances choreogeraphed by the incomparable Cassandra Shore, director of the Jawaahir Dance Company. Information on the 2016 production is here.
Shoma is set at a women's wedding party in Saudi Arabia, where the mysterious elderly woman storyteller Shoma is invited to try to smooth the waters between the bride and groom's families. The bride's family is shockingly liberal, and the groom's family is ultraconservative. Shoma entertains the women guests by spinning a tale about a teenage shepherdess who gets lost in a desert sandstorm and is rescued by a handsome young man. Will she be allowed to marry him, even though he's from outside the tribe? Will her reputation be ruined and will her father forgive her because she spent time with the young man alone, lost in the desert? Only Shoma, the storyteller, knows how it will end. A shortened matinee version of Shoma was performed at the St. Paul, Minnesota Capital New Year Celebration in 1998 and 1999 at the Ordway Theater. The Jawaahir Dance Company is seeking performance opportunities for this timely production. For more information on Shoma, please contact Jawaahir Booking.