Not to be missed: State of Harmony at Cairo Opera, Bahiya at Gumhouriya Theatre

Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 May 2023

Ahram Online highlights a selection of do-not-miss events this week (10-16 May) in Cairo and Alexandria.

Not to miss


The Pope's Exorcist in cinemas
Wednesday 10 May

Inspired by the actual files of Father Gabriele Amorth, Chief Exorcist of the Vatican, The Pope’s Exorcist follows Amorth as he investigates a young boy’s terrifying possession and ends up uncovering a centuries-old conspiracy the Vatican has desperately tried to keep hidden.

The film stars Alex Essoe, Russel Crowe, Daniel Zovatto, Franco Nero.

The Portable Door in cinemas
Wednesday 10 May

The film follows Paul Carpenter, an intern at a mysterious London firm with unconventional employers, including a CEO who wants to disrupt the ancient magical world with modern corporate practices.

The film stars Christoph Waltz, Patrick Gibson, Damon Herriman.

Mazaher ensemble (Zar)
Wednesday 10 May, 8pm
Egyptian Center For Culture & Arts - Makan, 1 Saad Zaghloul Str, Cairo

Mazaher is an ensemble in which women play a leading role.
The musicians of Mazaher, Um Sameh, Um Hassan and Nour El-Sabah are among the last remaining Zar practitioners in Egypt.
The music is inspired by the three different styles musical styles of the Zar tradition practiced in Egypt.

El-Tanboura troupe
Thursday 11 May, 8:30pm
Cairo Opera House, open air theatre, Zamalek, Cairo

The popular El-Tanboura troupe keeps alive old tunes once heard all over Port Said, Suez and Ismailia. El-Tanbura was established by Zakaria Ibrahim in 1988 in Port Said, when he brought together the masters of the simsimia, encouraging them in the revival of their musical heritage. 

Bahiya dance performance
Thursday 11 and Friday 12 May, 8.30pm
Al-Gumhouriya Theatre, 12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin

The show is performed by the Knights of the Orient for Heritage (Foursan Al Sharq Lil Turath), a dance theatre company. Based on the play Yasin and Bahiya (Yasin wa Bahiya) by Naguib Surur (1932-1978), Bahiya premiered in 2012. The play is choreographed and directed by Karima Bedeir, with sets and costumes by Anis Ismail.

What the Hell Am I Doing Here
Friday 12 May, 7pm
Jesuit Cultural Centre - Alexandria

Directed and choreographed by Carol Ackad, the play saw numerous successful runs in Egypt including those at the Rawabet Art Space. The play features Gehad Hossam El-Din, Toqa Emad, Saffronia and Carol Ackad.

The performance sheds light on four women who present through body movement human beings as they confront burning issues of life, such as dictatorship, violence, tyranny of technology, racism, the struggle for freedom, robotisation and digitilisation.

State of Harmony
Friday 12 May, 8:30pm
Cairo Opera House, open air theatre, Zamalek, Cairo

Featuring five cello players, State of Harmony will present works by Vivaldi, Piazolla, Hanz Zommer, Michael Jackson, Fayrouz and others.

Reem Ezzeldin concert
Saturday 13 May, 9pm
Room Arts Space, 10 Etehad El Mohamein St, Garden City, Cairo

Reem has performed at numerous venues including the Cairo Opera House, Room Art Space, El-Sawy Culturewheel, among others. In this concert, accompanied by four musicians, she presents covers of the best known songs from the Arab music repertoire.

Screening of Man Bites Dog (1992)
Saturday 13 May, 7pm
Jesuit Cultural Centre - Alexandria

Directed and written by Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel and Benoît Poelvoorde, the film follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.

The film won numerous awards at Cannes Film Festival (1993), Toronto International Film Festival (1992), among others.

Komedy Koshk - Vol. 3
Sunday 14 May, 8pm
Rawabet Art Space, 5 Hussein Basha El-Meamari, Downtown Cairo

Six standup comedians will take the stage of Rawabet: Mohamed Farghaly, Esraa El Zarea, Mohamed Maher and Laila Khalid. 

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