Art Alert: El-Warsha's 'Tale Night: My Heart is a Lantern' at French Institute

Eslam Omar , Thursday 16 May 2019

Director Hassan El-Geretly and his famous troupe El-Warsha are celebrating Ramadan in Mounira

El-Warsha Troup
File photo of the El-Warsha celebration of the 30th anniversary, April 2017 (Photo: Ahmed Haddad)

The French Institute in Mounira is hosting El-Warsha troupe to introduce a 'Tale Night: My Heart is a Lantern' performance on Tuesday, 21 May, amid celebrations of the holy month of Ramadan.

The event is separated into two segments in two different places; at 9:30pm, the first is at the Institute's patio, where they will perform traditional Egyptian tales, poems and songs that celebrate Ramadan, two hours before the show moves to Said Halawa Cafe where they will introduce parts of Al-Sirah Al-Hilaliyyah (Sirat Beni Helal).

The cafe event "aims to revive the memories of storytelling in public cafes," as the event flyer explains.

This night is designed by director Hassan El-Geretly who founded the group in 1987, the country's first independent theatre initiative, focusing on reviving pop literature and traditional folk, graduating dozens of currently known artists, including actor Sayed Ragab, singers Dina El-Wedidi and Shereen Abdo.

The name of the event, 'My Heart is a Lantern,' is taken from a song of Egyptian monologist Mahmoud Shokoukou, that is included in the repertoire.

Tuesday, 21 May
9.30pm at The French Institute, Mounira
11.30pm at Said Halawa Cafe, intersection of Al-Cheikh Aly Youssef and Ismaïl Sirry streets, Mounira

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