Art Alert: Spanish puppet theatre to perform with Cairo Symphony Chamber Orchestra

Ahram Online , Monday 19 Oct 2015

The event is family-orientated and will feature a performance of Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream

Per Poc
Per Poc Puppet Theater performs Midsummer’s Night Dream (Photo: still from a YouTube video uploaded by Per Poc Puppet Theatre in 2008)

On Friday 23 October the Cairo Symphony Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Ahmed Hamdy, will give its first concert in a series of family-orientated events.

The orchestra will perform Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Felix Mendelssohn's composition for the Shakespeare play.

The concert will be joined by Per Poc Puppet Theatre, a Spanish company founded in 1989 with an aim to bring puppet theatre to a wider audience while intertwining it with other art forms.

"Popularising the world of puppets has led to different collaborative work with the plastic arts, cinema, music and the audiovisual world," according to the company's website.

Over the past years, Per Poc have adapted many tales, a large number of which are linked to classical music. Their performances include The Soldier's Tale, by Igor Stravinsky; The little Sweep by Benjamin Britten; Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev; The Nutcracker by P.I. Tchaikovsky; Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev.

Per Poc come to Egypt with A Midsummer Night's Dream which is based on one puppeteer Santi Arnal and his interaction with large marionettes.

Friday 23 October, 3pm
Saturday 24 October, 8pm
Sunday 25 October 10:30am and 12pm (School Concerts)
Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

Disclaimer, 22 October: Dates have been added upon receipt of complete data from the Cairo Opera House

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