The new Osiris Art Production and Training hall, where auditions will be held for performances of Moulin Rouge and The Session, is set to become one of the few spaces in Cairo aimed at developing both independent amateur and professional performing artists.
Located on Qasr Al-Aini Street, the space is so new it has not yet witnessed any completed stage works.
The studio’s official opening is scheduled to take place in September.
Upon entering the building, the smell of fresh paint reaches us as we notice randomly dispersed objects, furniture, and Egyptian accessories.
Holding an audition doesn't seem that difficult—setting up a small desk is sufficient to get started. In another room, some props are lying on the floor.
"Osiris Art Production and Training is an institution that aims at creating professionals in the fields of the performing arts and show production. We will rely on self-financing through a series of paid training programmes," says Omar El-Moataz Bellah, director of the Osiris space and established independent theatre director.
He explains that among Osiris's plans are one-year trainings in a variety of performing arts such as acting, set-design, dancing, singing, etc. Following the written and oral tests, each course will accept 12 students. The year will culminate with five performances, fully developed by the students who will be given certificates issued by the studio's international partners.