Art Alert: 'Hoop-om-on-ay' contemporary dance performance at Falaki Theatre

Ahram Online , Monday 17 Jun 2019

The dance is produced by MAAT|CCDC and directed by Nicolas Cantillon

Hoop-om-on-ay dance performance at Cairo's Falaki Theatre (Photo: part of promotional material)

A dance performance titled 'Hoop-om-on-ay' will be staged at Falaki theatre for 3 consecutive days starting 25 June.

Choreographed and directed by Nicolas Cantillon, the performance is the fruit of his year-long cooperation with MAAT|CCDC Contemporary Dance School.

It is performed by all16 full time students of MAAT|CCDC Contemporary Dance School, who have been working with Cantillon ona series of workshops inspired by the philosophical writings of Baruch Spinoza.

The title of the dance is the phonetics of a Greek combination of words translating to "endurance, perseverance, constancy."

"A multitude of images then form with the intention not to fail, to always keep one's objective within sight, and to stay present whatever happens. These young people in front of us remind us our dreams must forever remain the aim," the statement reads on the Facebook event.

Cantillon and his partner Laurence Yadi run the dance company 'Companie 7273', which has produced about 20 works, ranging from duos to group pieces and more, with some performances staged internationally.

Their process is inspired by the maqam melodic system characteristic of Arab music, whichs allows the player to play between notes and offers more liberty to the interpreter. Applying this concept to the body, Cantillon aims to create a hypnotic dance that weaves movement together.

The performance will take place on June 25, 26 and 27 at 8pm.
Falaki Theatre, 24 Falaki St., Downtown, Cairo

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