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New York Theatre Honored Magda Saleh In Celebration Of Egyptian Dance

Egypt’s renowned prima ballerina Magda Saleh was honored during the event From The Horse’s Mouth in New York. Between March 13 and 18, New York’s Theatre at the 14th Street Y organized an event dedicated to showcasing Egyptian dance in all its forms and traditions. As part of the theatre’s From the Horse’s Mouth series, the event shed light on and honored Egypt’s first prima ballerina Magda Saleh through a variety of events. Saleh, who established herself in New York, is a graduate of the Bolshoi Academy of Ballet in Moscow and Cairo’s Academy of Arts in Egypt. She is also a former dean...

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Disability And The Arts To Be Discussed Within D-CAF

In line with the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival’s (D-CAF) commitment to addressing the topic of disability and the arts, a discussion session will be held The GrEEK Campus on Saturday, March, 24. The speakers will include Carole McFadden (British Council, UK), Chris Ricketts (Candoco Dance Company, Egypt), Mennatallah Azmi (Dancer, Egypt), and Paul Hector (UNESCO, Egypt). The moderator of the sessions will be Cathy Costain (British Council, Egypt). The panelists will discuss “in concrete terms the current state of differently-abled artists in the region,” clarifies the D-CAF’s promotional material. It continues, “The panelists will discuss an array of topics,...

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7th Edition Of Egypt’s 2B Continued Lab And Festival Took Place In Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor

This year’s festival kicked off in Cairo on February 13, moved to Alexandria, and concluded on February 23 with performances in Luxor. The 7th edition of 2B Continued Lab and Festival, which was organized by Studio Emad Eddin, was held in three different locations across Egypt: at Cairo’s Falaki Theatre between February 13 and 15, at Alexandria’s Jesuit Cultural Center in Alexandria on February 19 and 20 and at the Luxor Cultural Palace on February 23. The festival’s official press release explained that “as part of the lab/festival, every other year, four promising theatre directors and choreographers are chosen...

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In Photos: “Forsa Saeeda” Play Opens At Cairo’s El-Salam Theatre

The latest play by the Modern Theatre troupe, titled Forsa Saeeda (Nice To Meet You), has opened on December 29 on El-Salam Theatre. Directed by Mohamed Gomaa and written by Salah Arabi, the play stars well-known theatre and film actor Ahmed Bedir, alongside Fetouh Ahmed, Mohamed El-Sawy, Ahmed El-Demerdash, and Eman Abu Taleb. Forsa Saeeda is a social comedy about a 79-year-old man who is lonely at home, with no friends or family, until a series of surprising events present an opportunity for change. Music for the play is by Ehab Hamdy, set design by Mosafa Hamed, with poetry...

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BuSSy Project to Stage “Forced” Based on Personal Testimonies of Sexual Violence

The performance is a result of collaboration between BuSSy Project and Nazra for Feminist Studies. On Saturday, 26 November, Nazra for Feminist Studies in collaboration with The BuSSy Project presented Forced — a performance of personal testimonies of sexual violence — at Cairo’s Goethe Institute. According to information released by BuSSy, a performing arts project, the performance is part of the campaign “It Happens,” launched to combat rape and is staged within the framework of the “16 Days of Activism” campaign. “The testimonies have been collected from The BuSSy Project archive, and from the archive of El-Nadim Center for Management and...

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Egyptian Play “Paranoia” Participates in 23rd Jordan Theatre Festival

The 23rd Jordan Theatre Festival opens today in Amman, featuring 20 plays from nine Arab countries, including Paranoia from Egypt. The festival runs through 24 November at the Royal Jordanian Culture Center and hosts six works from Jordan and 14 works from other Arab countries: Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine and Oman. Paranoia, directed by Mohsen Helmy, will represent Egypt in the festival. A monodrama, the play is the debut for playwright Rasha Faltas, and takes place inside the head of a woman suffering from a mental illness. In Ahram Online’s review of the play, Dalia Bassiouny...

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Rwanda’s “Radio Play” Brings Focus on Censorship to Egypt Theatre Festival

Brought by Amizero Kompagnie from Rwanda, Radio Play will be staged within the ongoing 23rd Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre. Directed by Wesley Rusibiza, the dark comedy Radio Play will be staged 26 and 27 September in Metropole Theatre in Cairo. The play is performed by Amizero Kompagnie, an independent non-profit theatre company created in 2005 by the University Centre for Arts and Drama in Butare “with the aim of developing and promoting Rwandan dancers and elevating the dance sector to a professional level on the national and international scene,” reads the troupe’s website. The performance...

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Ahmed El-Attar’s “The Last Supper” Returns to Cairo’s Falaki Theatre

The Last Supper, a play by Ahmed El-Attar, which magnifies the absurdity of modern upper-class society, is set to run for five consecutive days at Falaki Theatre from 22 till 26 September. The play follows Attar’s often chosen themes of family ties and societal issues through which he demonstrates the superfluous and hollow nature of an Egyptian family, reflecting on the society’s absurdity and apathetic attitude as a whole. The setting is a dining table facing the audience, where an upper-class family sits for dinner to have a conversation. In a review published in 2014 in Ahram Online, May...

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Brecht’s “Mother Courage” at Cairo’s Miami Theatre

The play El-Om El-Shogaa (Mother Courage) opened in Miami Theatre in Cairo on 4 September. The play by German poet, dramatist and director Bertolt Brecht is directed by Mohamed Omar and stars Egyptian actress Raghda, Alaa Qouta, Safaa Galal, Amr Othman, Ahmed Abo Emeira, Ahmed Mostafa and Nada Samir. The play, first performed in 1941, is about ‘Mother Courage,’ who with her canteen cart and three children is determined to earn her living and profit from the Thirty Years War of 1618 –1648. It is widely considered one of Brecht’s best works, an anti-war play that uses irony and...

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