Egypt's culture picks of the week, 8-15 June: VIDEOS

Ahram Online, Saturday 7 Jun 2014

This week's culture highlights include film screenings, exhibitions, concerts and theatre performances

Weekly events
From top left clockwise: Still from Baghdad Messi (screening 11 June); Still from Living Skin (screening 8 June); Rim Banna (concert 15 June); Cairo Celebration Choir (concert 13 June)

Sunday 8 June

Opening of Museumish exhibition at Nile Sunset Annex, 6pm

Artist-run space Nile Sunset Annex hosts a group exhibition of paintings and sculptures. Two metal sculptures by Sobhy Guirguis (1929-2013) balance on two different, vivacious pedestal sculptures by Mariam Elias and Paradoxia, made with goldleaf, wood veneer and coloured perspex. A third pedestal sculpture stands by itself. On the wall is a copy by Nile Sunset Annex of a painting by Wadiaa Shenouda (1923-1969) that is on display in the just re-opened Alexandria Museum of Fine Art.

Flat 17, 4th Floor, 1071 Corniche El-Nil, Garden City, Cairo

Screening of Living Skin at Netherlands-Flemish Institute, 7pm

Directed by Fawzi Salah, Living Skin (2010) talks about Shoushou and Mohammad, two children who live and work in Cairo’s tanneries. In order to make this eye-opening documentary, the director spend a few years living in the tanneries. The result is a poignant picture of the difficult life the children endure. The film’s running time is 60 minutes, screened in Arabic with English subtitles. Watch the trailer below.

1, Mahmoud Azmi Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Harpist Manal Mohie El-Din at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 8pm

Bibliotheca Alexandrina Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Mohamed Saad Basha, will perform Mozart's Sinfonia for Strings in C Major and Handel's Concerto Grosso in G Major Op. 6. The soloist of the evening will be harpist Manal Mohie El-Din.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina Arts Centre, El-Geish Road, Shatby, Alexandria

Last days of Children's World photo exhibition at El Sawy Culturewheel

Children's World is an initiative of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Cairo, in cooperation with El Sawy Culturewheel and supported by the Polish-Egyptian Businessmen Association. The exhibition shows photographs submitted to a competition covering two themes: Poland in My Memories and Child and its World. Children's World opened on 1 June and will continue until 9 June.

Word Hall, El Sawy Culturewheel, 26 July St, Zamalek, Cairo

 

Monday 9 June

Lost and Found play performed at Matareya Sporting Club, 7pm

Lost and Found is a performance that incorporates circus and musical elements staged by Al-Darb Al-Ahmar Arts School. The play presents the stories and aspirations of its children and youth who are students at Al-Darb Al-Ahmar. The script of the play is a result of a storytelling workshop hosted a year ago, during which the children shared their day-to-day struggles, expressed their emotional connection to the political situation and other burning questions. Lost and Found premiered in February at the American University in Cairo's Falaki stage, followed by three performances at El-Genaina Theatre in early April.  The performance will be also staged on Tuesday 10 June. Read a review of the play here.

El-Gabal Street, Matareya 161, Cairo

Screening of The Ugly One at CIC, 8pm

The 2013 movie is an experimental work directed by Eric Baudelaire. The screening is part of A Guest Without a Host Is a Ghost, a visual arts project that takes the absence of public or private contemporary artwork collections in Egypt as its starting point. Spread out across several venues, the project will continue until 16 May. Read more about the programme here. Running time is 101 minutes.

Contemporary Image Collective (CIC), 22 Abdel-Khaleq Tharwat St, 4th Floor, Downtown Cairo

Screening of Areej - Scent of Revolution in Wekalet Behna, 6pm

The newly opened Alexandrian space hosts a screening for one of the most critically acclaimed films made about the revolution Areej Scent of Revolution by Viola Shafik. The documentary film features four characters who take viewers through their stories in the revolution.

1 El-Kenissa El-Marounia Street, El-Mansheya, Alexandria


Tuesday 10 June

One-day art exhibit at Four Seasons Hotel, 12pm

This one-day exhibition, organised by the online trading platform and gallery Arts-Mart, is set to feature works by some of Egypt's most prominent contemporary artists, including Omar El-Nagdi, Mohamed Abla and Samir Fouad, well as a number of promising emerging artists, including Lina Mowafy, Tasneem ElMeshad, Aya El-Fallah and Miriam Hathout, among others. The works will remain on display between 12pm and 10pm. Read more here.

Four Seasons Hotel (Cairo at Nile Plaza), 1089 Corniche Al-Nil, Garden City, Cairo

Last day of Ala Younis' exhibition at Gypsum Gallery

Amman-based visual artist Ala Younis comes to Cairo with this new solo show at Gypsum Gallery, UAR. The show features Younis' research-based project rooted in a photograph of former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel-Nasser looking over a crowd at the signing of the sovereign union agreement between Egypt and Syria in 1958. The artist looks at the discourse and narrative that made Nasser such an historical figure.

5A Bahgat Ali Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Also on this day:
- Play Lost and Found at Matareya Sporting Club, 7pm. Check 9 June listings for more details and read a review of the play here. Watch one of the circus performances staged by Al-Darb Al-Ahmar Arts School below:
 



Wednesday 11 June

Performance Incomplete Alliteration at Rawabet Theatre, 8pm

Incomplete Alliteration staged by the Hand Made theatre troupe is the result of an improvisation workshop. Directed by Mohamed Abo Eliazed and Mahmoud El-Haddad, the production is supported by the British Council and the Italian Institute. The performance will be repeated at the British Council on 12 June and at the Jesuit College on 14 June.

El-Nabrawy street, off Champollion street, Downtown Cairo

The Surface of Spectral Scattering at the Townhouse Factory Space

A large-scale, multi-channel sound and light installation now occupies the Townhouse Factory Space, engineered by contemporary multidisciplinary artist Magdi Mostafa. This site-specific installation, which stretches out over 600 square metres, pulls visitors into a pool-sized pit of darkness interrupted only by the 10,000 hand-embroidered LED lights sprinkled carefully over an elevated stage-like structure at the centre of the space to resemble a map. The show runs until 25 June. Read a review here.

10 Al-Nabarawy St, off Champollion St, Downtown Cairo

Short films curated by Cimatheque at Zawya, 9.30pm

Cairo’s only arthouse cinema, Zawya, hosts a programme curated by Cairo’s most anticipated alternative cinema and film centre, Cimatheque, for a week. The programme is dubbed Kurrasat At Cimatheque and is the public face of a six-month-long mentorship and training workshop for film critics. Three short films are showing tonight: A Walk In the Grey Sun (Mona Lotfy, Egypt, 2012, 11min), Peau de Colle (Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisia/France, 2013, 23min) and Baghdad Messi (Sahim Khalifa, Iraq/Belgium, 2012, 19min). A Walk In The Grey Sun will be screened in the presence of the director, Mona Lotfy. Watch trailer of Bahgdad Messi below.

Odeon Cinema, 4 Abdel Hamid Said Street, off Talaat Harb Street, Downtown Cairo

Last days of Nirvana exhibit at Mashrabia Gallery

Contemporary artist Mohamed El-Ganouby had been absent from Cairo's art scene for the past five years, during which he was living in the United States, but here he returns with an exhibition that promises to present an "immersive and hypnotic" experience, according to the curatorial statement. "Like having come out of long meditation, or an ecstatic state, reality is shredded into pieces and reassembled following rhythmical references," reads the statement.

8 Champollion Street, Downtown Cairo


Thursday 12 June

Wake Up performance at Nahda Association for Arts and Science, 7.30pm

Monodrama titled Wake Up, based on an Italian play which was translated into Arabic by Menha Batrawi. The play has a duration of 45 minutes and will be performed by Doaa Hamza. The play will be staged also on Friday 13 June.

15 El-Mahrani Street, El-Fagala, Ramses, Cairo

Screening of Starring Sigmund Freud at Townhouse Library, 8pm

The 2012 movie Starring Sigmund Freud is directed by John Mennick. Screening will be preceded by a conversation between Ania Szremski and a surprise guest. The screening is part of A Guest Without a Host Is a Ghost, a visual arts project that takes the absence of public or private contemporary artwork collections in Egypt as its starting point. Spread out across several venues, the project will continue until 16 May. Read more about the programme hereRunning time is 28 minutes. 

10 Al-Nabarawy St, off Champollion St, Downtown Cairo

Tania Saleh at El-Genaina Theatre, 8.30pm

Lebanese singer and songwriter Tania Saleh's career began in the 1990s. Since then she has released seven album and collaborated with many renowned musicians including Ziad Raghbani. In Cairo, Saleh will perform at El-Genaina theatre on two consecutive days, 12 and 13 June. Watch Tania Saleh's Wehde video clip below.

Al-Genaina Theatre, Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darassa

Also on this day:
- Performance Incomplete Alliteration at the British Council, 8pm (192 El-Nil Street, Agouza). See 11 June listings for more details.
- Screening of Areej - Scent of Revolution at Wekalet Behna at 6pm. See 9 June listings for more details.
- Ali El Haggar concertat the Cairo Opera House, 8pm.


Friday 13 June

A Handel's Afternoon in the lobby of the Cairo Opera House, 3pm

This concert, dedicated to Handel, will take place in the lobby of the Cairo Opera House. Dubbed A Handel's Afternoon, the performance will include a few of the composer's staples works perfumed by the Cairo Celebration Choir, conducted by Nayer Nagui. The concert will also feature soprano Dina Iskander and tenor Joseph Kauzman. Among the highlight of the performance will be Zadok the Priest, a coronation anthem, and Hallelujah, the famed chorus from Handel's English-language oratorio Messiah. Read more about the concert here. Listen to Zadok the Priest anthem below.

Main hall entrance lobby, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

Tania Saleh at El-Genaina Theatre, 8.30pm

Lebanese singer and songwriter Tania Saleh's career began in the 1990s. Since then she has released seven album and collaborated with many renowned musicians including Ziad Raghbani. In Cairo, Saleh will perform at El-Genaina theatre on two consecutive days, 12 and 13 June.

Al-Genaina Theatre, Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Road, Darassa

Also on this day:
- Wake Up performance at Nahda Association for Arts and Science, 7.30pm. Check 12 June listings for more details.

Saturday 14 June

Organ Concert at the German Protestant Church, 7.30pm

This unique organ concert will transport the audiences through the works from the 17th to the 20th century. The evening will include compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Gottfried Walther, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss Sr, Noel Rawsthorne and Rüdiger Glufke.

32 Galaa Street, Cairo

Screening of Collectors’ Favourites at Beirut, 8pm

The 1994 movie Collectors’ Favourites is directed by Jennifer Bornstein. A conversation between Amgad Naguib and Ania Szremski about the notion of collecting will precede the screening. The screening is part of A Guest Without a Host Is a Ghost, a visual arts project that takes the absence of public or private contemporary artwork collections in Egypt as its starting point. Spread out across several venues, the project will continue until 16 May. Read more about the programme hereRunning time is 21 minutes.

11 Road 12, Mahmoud Sedky St, off Shaheen St, Agouza, Cairo

Cairo Symphony Orchestra’s concert at the Cairo Opera, 8pm

The concert will be conducted by Tareh Mahran with soloists Yasser Ghoneim on violin and Mina Ivanova on piano. The Cairo Symphony Orchestra will perform Mozart’s piano concerto no 23, Bach’s violin concerto in A minor and Haydn’s Symphony no. 88.

Main Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek, Cairo

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Also on this day:
- Performance Incomplete Alliteration at the Jesuit College, 8pm (1, Boustan el Maksi street, Faggala, Cairo). See 11 June listings for more details.


Sunday 15 June

Rim Banna at Kasr El Nil Theatre, 9pm

Rim Banna, the Palestinian singer and song writer from Nazareth, returns to Egypt; this time to perform at Kasr El Nil theatre's stage. Banna's songs are inspired by the Palestinian people’s conscience and sentiments, their culture, history and folklore. The concert will be repeated at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria on Tuesday 17 June. Listen to Rim Banna's Fly Love below.

6, Kasr El Nil Street, Cairo


 

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