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Ballet in Egypt

Thursday، 19 May 2016 - 12:00 AM

Pharaohs are pioneers in creating drama which narrates stories by dancing. This is clear in inscriptions of the Fifth Dynasty, showing women dancing in regular groups, similar to what we see in the modern ballet dance. The drawings of the military victories reveal varieties of the dramatic expressions of the Ancient Egyptians in thick and thin.

As to the dancing drama, it had come out in the most noble expressive meaning & also real significance in this country. History bears witness to it. Ballet is a prime art. It is closely related to the royal court, but after the Revolution of 1952, it has become a must to adopt cultural development. The first company was the Cairo Ballet Company that depended on classic one-act shows. Afterwards, ballet forged ahead to individuality and personality related to Egyptian traditions and nationality. This materialized through Egyptian directors like Abdel-Moneim Kamel. In January 1992, Cairo Ballet Company took over the Egyptian Opera. This company has more than 25 dancers that are graduates of the Ballet Institute.

The Cairo Opera Ballet Company was formed in 1966. It was affiliated with the High Institute of Ballet, the Company members were trained by experts. The Company’s first performance was "The Fountain of Bakchisary" directed by Leonid Labrovsky (then Director of Bolshoi Theatre). With that beginning, the company went on to enrich itself with the great ballet classics as Giselle, Nut Cracker, Bekhita and Swan Lake. Later, the Company introduced contemporary ballet by Egyptians, such as El-Somoud (Steadfastness) by Abdel-Moneim Kamel; depicting the Egyptian people’s stand in the wake of the 1967 war.  There is also the new version of El-Somoud, following the October 1973 victory, Gamal Abdel-Rahim’s Isis & Osiris in 1984, Attia Sharara’s Egyptian Steps, the Temple Music by Entesar Abd-Elfattah and Choreography by Youssri Selim, Omar Khairat’s The Nile, Gilga Mesch’s Fire felt into the heart. Not to forget Rhythm of Generations and Three Nights. 

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