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PHOTO GALLERY: Sneak peak at final rehearsals of Ibn Battuta musical in Oman starring Egyptian artists




Photo: courtesy of Arabesque International

Photo: courtesy of Arabesque International

Photo: courtesy of Arabesque International

Photo courtesy of Arabesque International

Photo: courtesy of Arabesque International

Photo: courtesy of Arabesque International

Photo: courtesy of Arabesque International

Photo: courtesy of Arabesque International

Photo: courtesy of Arabesque International

Photo: courtesy of Arabesque International

Photo: courtesy of Arabesque International

Photo: courtesy of Arabesque International

Photo: courtesy of Arabesque International

Photo: courtesy of Arabesque International

Ibn Battuta the Winged Traveller is a musical composed by Hisham Gabr of Egypt, directed and choreographed by Cairo-based Lebanese artist Walid Aouni.

Produced by Arabesque International, the musical will be staged on 30 and 31 May at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman, and then in Italy as part of the Milan Expo 2015.

Described in its promotional material as "a colourful spectacle", the project brings together over 170 artists from Egypt, the Arab world and Europe.

The leading role of Ibn Battuta senior is played by Abou-Zahra, while Ezz Elostool plays Ibn Battuta junior and Heba Raslan takes the role of the girl.

The musical depicts medieval explorer Ibn Battuta's travels. 

The cast of singers also includes Ghada Shbeir from Lebanon, Rehab Omar from Egypt and Omani singer Hoda Elkhanbashi.

The Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali (in cooperation with Fondazione Scuole Civiche di Milano and Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano, Italy), the Antonine University choir and Lebanese National Conservatory Choir in cooperation with a choir from Egypt, will be conducted by the musical's composer, Hisham Gabr.

The performance also incorporates Sofia Ballet (Bulgary) and Omani Fork dance group.

Ibn Battuta the Winged Traveller is an expanded, refreshed version of the same musical material that was performed in February 2013 at the Bahrain National Theatre. The 2013 performance included an orchestra from Poland and a dance troupe from Syria.