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Al-Ayyala: A Traditional Performing Art

Language: English

Al-Ayyala is a popular cultural performance practised in Oman and the United Arab Emirates during religious and national festivals and weddings. It involves chanted poetry, drum music and dance, and simulates a battle scene. Two rows of men face each other, carrying bamboo sticks. They move their heads and sticks and chant poetic lyrics, while other performers move between the rows holding, throwing and catching swords or guns. The lead performer is usually an inherited role and is responsible for training others performers.

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Place/region: Sultanate of Oman, United Arab Emirates, Southwest Asia
Series: 2014 inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
Production and personalities:
Director: Rajah Balakrishnan
Publisher: Abou Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority
Published in:
Rights: Abou Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority

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Original: DVD
Location: EV only
UMVS reference: AVFONDS-CLTICH-2014-0101200024
Source ref.: DOC:0101200024; CAND:01012
Rights holder: UNESCO ; Abou Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority