Art Alert: Double bill theatre night in Alexandria

Ahram Online , Monday 22 Feb 2016

Two dance performances co-produced between Egypt and Brussels at Bibliotheca Alexandrina

el madina and wooshing machine
(Photo: Part of promotional material for the event)

Alexandrian company El-Madina for Performing and Digital Arts partnered with the Brussels-based dance theatre collective Wooshing Machine to create a performance mixing theatre, video, dance and live music.

According to the event’s description, the collaboration and performances aim "to explore the possibilities of an artistic and creative open bridge."

Two works will run back to back. The first, titled Open Bridge, is performed by El-Madina Company, and is choreographed by Mauro Paccagnella, Alessandro Bernardesch, with music and video by Stéphane Broc, Gaëtan Bulourde.

The Magnificent 4 is the second performance of the night, with choreography by Mauro Paccagnella, Stéphane Broc, Ben Fury and Christophe Morisset, and is also performed by Paccagnella, Broc, as well as Gaëtan Bulourde and Alessandro Bernardeschi.

El-Madina Company was founded in 2000 and contributes to developing the Alexandrian art scene by supporting artists and youth initiatives through providing training, production and the management of culture spaces.

Among its initiatives are the Alexandria Forum for Independent Theatre, and Street Carnival for Nubian art, as well as its Art School that offers 13 different subjects in art, ranging from theatre training to hand crafts.

Wooshing Machine was created in 1998 by choreographer Mauro Paccagnella and has held performances around the world including Italy, Swtizerland and Spain. The dance theatre collective is "driven by a desire to achieve an act of shared creation, whether inside or outside the theatre arena," according to their website.

Monday 29 February, 7pm
Small Theatre, Bibliotheca Alexandria, Alexandria

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