Soha Elsirgany

Soha Elsirgany
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“Possession:” Music And Movement Dominate Performance On Hermits, Deserts And Demons

Possession was performed twice during D-Caf festival, and is directed by Tom Bailey. English director Tom Bailey worked with Egyptian actors from El-Warsha troupe to create Possession, a performance based on the experiences and writings of Egyptian Desert Hermits from the third century, blending choreography, music, dance, and poetry. The play was performed twice at Studio Nasibian Theatre as part of the D-Caf festival, which concluded on March 29. The subject came to Bailey’s attention through the work of French author Gustave Flaubert, who in 1874 published a book about St. Anthony, an Egyptian hermit of the 3rd and 4th...

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The “Motherline” Project Honors The Stories Of Women With Depth And Diversity

After starting in New York, the storytelling performance made its international debut in Cairo, co-directed by Eliza Simpson, Amanda Lederer and Dalia Bassiouny. The Motherline storytelling performance was one of three plays, all of which gender-themed, staged at the Falaki Theatre within the Show Goes On program (October 13-22 ). The performance is co-directed by Eliza Simpson and Amanda Lederer, who began the Motherline story project in the US in 2015. The project started organically with a gathering of women sharing stories of their female ancestry in a New York apartment and grew to become a platform for female...

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Arab Arts Focus At Edinburgh Festival Shines Despite Visa Rejections By UK

Organized by Cairo’s D-CAF festival, Arab Arts Focus ran for a month, garnering positive reviews at the latest edition of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe The Arab Arts Focus (AAF) program made waves at the 70th Edinburgh Festival Fringe last month, despite numerous challenges caused by visa rejections by the UK. The program, that ran August 4-27, showcased stories on stage from Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, and Morocco, through 10 theatre and dance performances curated by an esteemed international selection committee, in addition to a series of seven talks. Most of the plays ran throughout the month-long festival, with some...

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“Untangled”: Gender-focused Comedy Brings Realities of Egyptian Youth to Stage

The play Untangled (Hal El-Dafayer) was staged at Cairo’s Hosapeer Theatre last week, where a full house roared continuously with laughter at a comedy tackling social issues among youth. The play is directed by Mohamed Fouad Abdeen, who co-wrote it with Sally Zohney, and performed by Wojood theatre troupe. The 8 and 9 April stagings came five months after the play’s premiere at Hosapeer in November 2016. Fast-paced, quick-witted, relatable and fun, but marked by a serious undercurrent, Untangled reflects on the issues and struggles of being young, recounting them imaginatively and humorously. The humour relies on many references...

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Picasso’s Muse Jacqueline Resurrected in “Last Night in Madrid” by Moldovan Troupe

Eugene Ionesco Theatre of Moldova participated in the 23rd Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre this week with the monodrama Last Night in Madrid, drawing audiences into the story of Jacqueline Roque, Pablo Picasso’s last wife. The troupe has a memorable history with Egypt. The first of several visits was in 1992, after they had journeyed four days by bus to perform Waiting for Godot at the festival, then known as the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre. At the time the state of Moldova was just two years old, having just separated from Romania. “I think...

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