Art Alert: Qos Qazah storytelling performance in Hanager Theatre

Ahram Online, Sunday 16 Feb 2014

Qos Qazah, a set of stories and monologues exploring the relationship between individuals and their bodies, will be performed at the Hanager Theatre from 21 to 23 February, and Cairo's Jesuit College on 24 February

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Qos Qazah (Rainbow), a storytelling performance by El-Batt El-Eswed (The Black Ducks), will be showing on the Cairo Opera House grounds' Hanager Theatre as part of the second Season of Independent Arts and fifth Season of Theatrical Arts, organised by the Young Independent Artists Association and sponsored by the Cultural Production Sector.

Directed by Reem Hatem and choreographed by Nadine Emile, the performance -- sponsored by the British Council in Cairo -- revolves around people's relationship with their body in constrictive societies. Qos Qazah inspects the complicated, convoluted perceptions that develop within limited spaces for free physical expression.

The performance is a result of two workshops: a writing workshop where participants explored their relationships with their own bodies, and a movement workshop where they further examined those relationships in practice. Despite moments of awkwardness and discomfort, participants found the result to be a moving, eye-opening experience akin to witnessing a rainbow at the end of a rainy day – hence the name of the show.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 21, 22 and 23 February at 7.30pm
Hanager Theatre, Cairo Opera House grounds, Zamalek, Cairo
Monday, 24 February at 7.30pm
Jesuit College, 15 Al-Mahrany Street, Al-Faggala, Ramses, Cairo

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