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LECTURE : Egypt Dances

LECTURE : Egypt Dances

LECTURE : Egypt Dances

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013, 6:00p.m.

Chapter: New York, in co-sponsorship with New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW/NYU)

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Dr. Magda Saleh, along with her husband Jack Josephson, at Karnak Temple

Presenter: Dr. Magda Saleh, Vice-President of Friends of New York Obelisk, Senior Professor and Dean of the Higher Institute of Ballet and Founding Director of the New Cairo Opera House – National Cultural Center (to be introduced by Jack Josephson, Research Associate, Institute of Fine Arts (IFA) and Visiting Professor, American University of Cairo).

Location: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW/NYU), 15 East 84th Street (between 5th and Madison Avenues), New York, New York


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Description: Dr. Saleh will screen and narrate excerpts from the classic ethnographic documentary film "EGYPT DANCES" (1975-1977), which displays the variety of dance traditions both urban and rural, communal, ritual, martial and performance - found in Egypt. These include, from distinct subcultures, Western Arab Haggala, Bormeyya of Siwa, Sohba from Alexandria, Bambootiyya from Port Said, Zar and Zikr from Cairo, a male Oriental dancer, Kaff from Aswan, Nubian from New Tushka, Tahtib from Sohag, among others. Dr. Saleh’s dissertation "A Documentation of the Ethnic Dance Traditions of the Arab Republic of Egypt" (Magda Saleh, New York University, 1979), together with the entire film “Egyptian Dances”, and other supporting audio visual materials can be viewed in at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

About the Speaker: Dr. Magda Saleh is a graduate of the Bolshoi Academy of Ballet in Moscow and the Higher Institute of Ballet at the Academy of Arts of Egypt; a B.A. in English Language and Literature, Ain Shams University, Cairo; a M.A., the University of California at Los Angeles; and a Ph.D. from the New York University School of Education. Magda was Prima Ballerina of the Russian-trained Cairo Ballet Company established in 1966, Senior Professor and Dean of the Higher Institute of Ballet and Founding Director of the New Cairo opera House – National Cultural Center. The recipient of scholarships, awards, honors and distinctions, including the Order of Merit from President Gamal Abdel Nasser, she has been a member of the Conseil International de la Danse and the International Theater Institute, UNESCO, of the jury of international ballet competitions, the National Specialized Councils, Egypt, among other national and international associations. Currently a resident of New York, and married to Egyptologist Jack Josephson, she remains dedicated to promoting cultural exchange and furthering mutual understanding between the USA, Egypt and other nations of the Middle East.

Publications include articles, reviews and research papers for the International Encyclopedia of Dance, Dance Research Collage, Dance Scope, Dance Book Forum, Dance News, Arabesque, the New Haven Register (USA), and Arts in the Islamic World (UK), Journal of Folklore, Cairo Today (Egypt).

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