On the occasion of Saudi Arabia marking 8th national day, the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation “MiSK” took on the production of a traditional ardha dance by giving it an orchestra flare.
On its YouTube channel, Misk published a video that shows the details of the coordination and filming, blending modernity with classical music by fusing original bedouin tunes with orchestral strings.
The video has been met with huge interactions from thousands of Saudis on social media.
The dance begins with a single line of poetry that is repeated with drums beating in the background and swords wielded as part of the national ceremony. Dancers express their joy and pride, re-pledging allegiance to the King.
The Saudi ardha was often associated with military achievements, but nowadays, it is performed during special occasions and celebrations and has become a widespread practice throughout Saudi provinces.
It has become a national folkloric dance.
The Najdi ardha recalls the battles, wars and victories led by the founder of Saudi Arabia, King Abdul Aziz Al Saud. It is a dance that attracted writers and historians because it holds a history of wars and battles led by the Kingdom.
The drums of ardha were used to declare war, the swords were wielded and poetry was recited; these are the defining characteristics of the ardha.