Art Alert: Dance performance based on Bahaa Taher's Sunset Oasis

Ahram Online, Monday 29 Sep 2014

Widow of the Desert dance performance, based on Sunset Oasis, a novel by acclaimed author Bahaa Taher, will be staged at Gomhoreya Theatre on 1 and 2 October

Egyptian Modern Dance Theatre Company will stage The Widow of the Desert, a dance performance based on Sunset Oasis (Wahat Al-Ghoroub), a novel by acclaimed author Bahaa Taher.

Taher is a renowned Egyptian contemporary writer, winner of many prestigious literary awards, including the inaugural International Prize for Arabic Fiction, the Arabic Booker prize, in 2008.

Written in the first person, Sunset Oasis walks the reader from one character to another, from Mahmoud, to Catherine, to Sheikh Yahya and even to Alexander the Great, all embraced by the deep desert of Siwa, its Berber community and history. Taking place at the beginning of the British occupation of Egypt, Siwa becomes a microcosm of the country and the characters epitomes of the identitites torn between the constantly rivaling governing forces and human values and choices.

Egyptian Modern Dance Theatre Company is to the choreography by Sally Ahmed.

Wednesday 1 October and Thursday 2 October, 8pm
12 El-Gomhoreya Street, Abdin, Cairo

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