Dancing performances exploring gender kick off DCAF at the GrEEK Campus while a project involving wheelchairs test the public's views on disability on the streets of downtown
On Friday 20 March, the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (DCAF) brought performing arts to the open area enclosed within the American University of Cairo's walls: GrEEK Campus.
The performances included several segments with artists from Egypt and as well as abroad.
In the early afternoon hours, the campus' square was taken by dancers and actors, among them an Egyptian team staging a performance that combined the different art forms under one title: African Export.
The Unpracticality of Beauty and Tender Violence are dance/physical duets based on a co-operation between artists from Egypt and the Netherlands. The first duet was about the universality of being a woman and the relationship to her inner women, inner men and ancestors.
The second explored the public, physical display of manhood, and how it differs majorly from culture to culture.
‘100 pas presque’ was a cooperation between Egyptian and Moroccan artists in a show that uses movements, gestures, and different rhythms to reach different perceptions of the body, space, and time.
Another project initiated by Italian and French artists, titled Mission Roosevelt, moved outside the AUC walls with actors seated on wheelchairs who began rolling across the city, testing the participation and tolerance of the public.
In the evening GrEEK campus hosted ‘A (Micro) History of World Economics, Danced’ by French playwright and director Pascal Rambert.
Photos: Bassam Al-Zoghby