MAAT for Contemporary Art (Cairo Contemporary Dance Center) has released a video on YouTube documenting its most recent dance workshop held with the children of the Banati Foundation.
The workshop, which is part of MAAT's oureach programme, was completed on 28 December 2020 with a small presentation held at the Banati premises. The video has been released on the MAAT YouTube channel on 3 January 2021.
Founded in Cairo by artist, choreographer and teacher Karima Mansour, MAAT Dance Company is an independent dance organisation.
"Since its creation in 1999 MAAT actively supports the local contemporary dance scene in Egypt and networks regionally as well as internationally with performers, choreographers, instructors, and academic theorists. MAAT’s performances are primarily produced with the graduates of MAAT Contemporary Dance School, the full-time professional training program of MAAT and Cairo Contemporary Dance Center CCDC as the main performers," reads MAAT's brief on their Facebook page.
Established in 2010, Banati has been consistently working on the protection of children at risk, children in street situations and children deprived from family or from basic shelter.
Banati Foundation takes care of the children (mainly girls in addition to their male siblings) providing them with shelter, food, health care and education, as well as preparing them to integrate into the community through strengthening their skills.
Apart from the basic responsibiities, Banati also organises numerous activities for the children including arts and culture workshops, classes etc.
The cooperation between MAAT and Banati foundation targets children interested in dance and creative physical expression.