June 29, 2017

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  • The opposite of hope pervades 2 B Continued fest

    Scene from “Triangles are My Favorite Shapes”  written and directed by Seif Abdel Salaam. (Photo courtesy Mostafa Abdel Aty)

    BY DALIA BASIOUNY Cairo – In it’s fifth edition the plays and dance pieces presented at the 2 Be Continued Theatre and Contemporary Dance laboratory festival at Falaky Theatre last week appeared to be unrelated, but in fact they all shared a common thread of defeat, suffering, control, and futility. The evening starts with “A Room Filled with Smoke” choreographed by Mounir Said. This two-person dance piece is beautifully executed in a very well-designed set. Grey colors, scattered clothes, and unfinished wall paint create an ominous impression that is deepened by the eerie music performed live on stage. This murky…

    Negm: Powerfully present, even in his absence

    Eskenderella electrified the audience who chimed in and closed with "down with military rule". (Photo courtesy Hassan Amin)

    CAIRO BY DALIA BASIOUNY Devotees of Egyptian poet and songwriter Ahmed Fouad Negm held a memorial for him at the Cairo Opera House last week, which morphed into an emotional affirmation by the audience that the “revolution continues”. Negm’s poems and Sheikh Imam’s music have been the voice of rebellion in Egypt for decades and appropriately became a true expression of the Jan. 25 revolution. The songs they wrote more than 30 years ago, were so befitting for contemporary Egypt, reflecting the current revolutionary situation so much so that activists used them as chants in demonstrations. People called Negm “the…

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