Mahmoud Reda Workshops with Ehab Hassan and Nesrin Bahaa in Melbourne, Australia October 2015

Urban Pharaohs Festival and EED are thrilled to announce there will be two (only!) dance workshops offered. They will be fun, light hearted and filled with joy…reflecting the dance itself!   These workshops will be open to all levels and will be conducted by Ehab Hassan, General Manager, Director, choreographer and trainer of the Mahmoud Reda Troupe, and Nesrin Bahaa Principal Dancer and personal assistant to Mahmoud Reda.

Ehab Hassan – Began his career with the troupe in 1978 and soon became the troupes Principal Dancer. His talents where further recognised when he was appointed General Manager, artistic supervisor and trainer to the troupe, roles he has held since 1985/89.  Ehab  has received many accolades and awards worldwide for his work with the Mahmoud Reda Troupe both as dancer and artistic supervisor.

Nesrin Bahaa with the legendary Mahmoud Reda

Nesrin Bahaa with the legendary Mahmoud Reda

Nesrin Bahaa – A dancer of extraordinary grace and presence, is the Principal Dancer of the troupe and has also been a member and teacher of the Egyptian Festival Nile Group since 2006.    Nesrin continues to transverse the globe teaching Egyptian Folkloric dance.

All are welcome to attend these workshops which will offer a genuine taste of Egyptian performance art as pioneered by the legendary Mahmoud Reda, with whom both Ehab and Nesrin originally trained.

This is a rare opportunity to experience a workshop with two of the most respected, acclaimed and accomplished master trainers in Egypt today…

Master Trainer Ehab Hassan conducting workshops worldwide.

Master Trainer Ehab Hassan conducting workshops worldwide.

DATE: Friday 30th October 2015

CONTENT/TIME:
Ehab Hassan session time: 12.30 to 2.30 p.m.
Nesrin Bahaa session time: 3.30 to 5.30 p.m.

COST: Any one workshop $125.00
Both workshops $195.00

CONTENT:

Ehab Hassan:  Saidi

Nesrin Bahaa: Maleya Laff

PLEASE NOTE: All levels welcome. Direct all further enquiries to email: juliet@eed.com.au

LOCATION: BRIGHTON VICTORIA AUSTRALIA
Full details of payment, location, public transport/parking etc. will be given on application.
To book or for further information regarding this event please do not hesitate to contact Juliet  via email: juliet@eed.com.au

BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT – NUMBERS WILL BE CAPPED

For more information on concerts and other events during this week visit The Urban Pharaohs events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/977949465601813/ or website: www.urbanpharaohs.com.au

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THE MAHMOUD REDA FOLK TROUPE IN MELBOURNE

THE ART OF URBAN PHARAOHS PRESENTS…..

?????????????????????????????An event opportunity not to be missed! In addition to an evening of Egyptian music and dance at the award winning Belleville Restaurant on the 29th October, there will also be 2 performances by the internationally acclaimed Mahmoud Reda Dance Troupe, on Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November at the National Theatre MAHMOUD REDA CONCERT NESRIN AND RAQS AL ASIAHSt. Kilda.. Tickets have now on sale and can be purchased at this link http://www.nationaltheatre.org.au/dances-of-egypt.html

But wait…there’s more!…. we are thrilled to announce there will be two (only!) dance workshops offered. They will be fun, light hearted and filled with joy and humour….reflecting the dance itself! These workshops will be open to all levels and will be conducted by Ehab Hassan and Nesrin Bahaa.

All are invited to share in these workshops which will offer a genuine taste of Egyptian performance art. So come and experience a rare opportunity to workshop with Master Trainers/performers/choreographers of the renowned Mahmoud Reda Folk Dance Troupe.   

Ehab Hassan – Began his career with the troupe in 1978 and soon became the troupes Principal Dancer. His talents where further recognised when he was appointed General Manager, artistic supervisor and trainer to the troupe, roles he has held since 1985/89.

Nesrin Bahaa – A dancer of extraordinary grace and presence, Nesrin is Principal Dancer to the troupe as well as trainer and assistant to the Director of the Mahmoud Reda troupe.

DATE: Friday 30th October 2015

CONTENT/TIME:
Ehab Hassan session time: 12.30 to 2.30 p.m. Saidi
Nesrin Bahaa session time: 3.30 to 5.30 p.m. Maleya Laff

COST: Any one workshop $125.00
Both workshops $195.00

PLEASE NOTE: All levels welcome for the workshops, come and enjoy the uplifting benefits of dance and music!

LOCATION: BRIGHTON VICTORIA AUSTRALIA
Full details of payment, location, public transport/parking etc. will be given on application.
To book or for further information regarding this event please do not hesitate to contact Juliet via email: juliet@eed.com.au

BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT – NUMBERS WILL BE CAPPED.
For promotional video of The Mahmoud Reda Folk Dance Troupe in action, please visit the Egyptian Elementals Dance and Movement facebook page.https://www.facebook.com/elemental.egyptian.dance?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
For more information on concerts and other events during this week visit The Urban Pharaohs events page: https://www.facebook.com/events/977949465601813/ or website: www.urbanpharaohs.com.au

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SAVING FACE

Scientists Reconstruct the Face of Ancient Egyptian Priest – linked from Daily Mail

Experts have reconstructed the face of an ancient Egyptian priest using cutting edge forensic techniques.

The mummy, called Kent, lived during the XVIII Dynasty and may have witnessed the reigns of Tutankhamen or Nefertiti.

A CT scan of the mummy revealed that the man was around aged around 50 years when he died.

Dr Matteo Borrini, forensic anthropologist and lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, applied forensic techniques on the remains to reconstruct the features of the mummy.

Scanning allowed scientists to create an exact copy of the skull without disturbing the fragile bandages that hold the remains together.

The scan also allowed individual muscles of the face to be reproduced.

Experts believe the the mummy, which is the oldest at the Egyptian Museum of Florence, was a high ranking person and probably a dignitary or a priest.

The hair, that could not be approximated from any anatomical remains, were designed by Dr Borrini in collaboration with Professor Donatella Lippi from the University of Florence and the Director of the Egyptian Museum Dr Maria Cristina Guidotti.

They took both the dynasty and the social status of the mummy into account when coming up with the style.

reconstructed face of ancient priest from 18th dynasty see blog saving face

EGYPT’S 18TH DYNASTY

The XVIII Dynasty is perhaps the most famous in the study of Ancient Egypt.

Known as the New Kingdom, it was the first of the three dynasties in which ancient Egypt reached the peak of its power.

The New Kingdom of Egypt, also referred to as the Egyptian Empire, began in the 16th century BC and ended in the 11th century BC.

Famous pharaohs of the XVIII Dynasty include Tutankhamen, Hatshepsut, the longest-reigning woman-pharaoh of an indigenous dynasty, and Akhenaten, the ‘heretic pharaoh’, with his queen, Nefertiti.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3226253/Giving-mummy-face-Forensic-techniques-used-reconstruct-bandaged-head-ancient-Egyptian-priest.html#ixzz3lOHpUhif

Conflicting report from Softpedia proposing Kent lived in XVII Dynasty:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/scientists-reconstruct-the-face-of-ancient-egyptian-priest-491234.shtml

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TUTANKHAMUN’S TOMB EXPLORATION

nefertitiUpdate 2nd October      Dr. Nicholas Reeves announces in a press conference held today that Tutankhamun’s gold funerary mask originally belonged to Queen Nefertiti

Nevine El-Aref,  Thursday 1st Oct 2015 follow this link for  more:  http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/151817.aspx

tutankhamunSept 2015:

The following link is shared from the Blog of Bernard M Adams, who was fortunate enough to be present at the first official press meeting at the tomb and witness first hand the latest regarding the possible hidden rooms in KingTut’s tomb, and what theories there currently are as to the contents of such rooms…

http://egyptmyluxor.weebly.com/tutankhamun-tomb-tt62—hidden-rooms.html

I have been waiting for this for 15 years now, and wonder why it has taken so long?…I will be adding latest updates as they come to hand on this post.  Feeling just like a child waiting for sleep Christmas Eve…can hardly stand the suspense – what will they ‘unwrap’!

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CHOREOGRAPHY….lock or key?

During the last three sessions we have begun to explore choreography. How do you construct your very own? Ah! Choreography! – not my favorite subject – for me it detracts from the essence of dance, I much prefer improvisation – an unrehearsed, visceral response to a feeling, a moment, the impetus of spirit opening the soul to speak. However my students need these sessions in order to find their own voice in dance…but first I guide them to construct their own sky and earth (technique) through which their dance (soul) will be set free to roam. I share with you this most beautiful quote from Charles Sanders Peirce

‘Enter your skiff of Musement, push off the
lake of thought, and leave the breath of
heaven to swell your sail. With your eyes
open, awake to what is about or within you,
and open conversation with yourself.’

the dichotomy of Egyptian dance....Rooted to fly

the dichotomy of Egyptian dance….Rooted to fly

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What lies beneath: Ancient Egypt and modern forensics

The tomb of King SenebKay (Circa 1650BC)* was discovered in January 2014, and prior to this there had been no record of this King of the Second Intermediate period.

Further to this, archaeologists believe his burial site is just part of a necropolis of a forgotten Dynasty in Abydos, yet to be exhumed.

However it is the recent results of the forensic examination on his skeleton, revealing shocking insights into his most brutal death, that have lead scholars to hypothesise that King SenebKay may have fought against the Hyskos during the second intermediate period (Dynasties 13 to 17).  This premise is significant as previously it has been thought that King Senakhtenre was probably the first to take arms against the Hyskos.  Although Senakhtenre was also unsuccessful in his quest to regain upper Egypt,  his attempts (and those of his successor, Seqenenre Tao 11 ‘The Brave’) are believed to have inspired his grandson’s Kamose and Ahmose to also take up arms, but it was Ahmose who finally succeeded in reunifying Upper and Lower Egypt.

This great and significant victory by Ahmose 1 began the golden age of the Egyptian Empire.

* in January 2014, under the direction of Dr. Josef Wegner

Here is a link to further information on not just the lost King SenebKay, but on the possible discovery of a whole lost Dynasty!   http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/science-senebkay-pharaoh-ancient-egypt-01698.html

Follow the link below for more information on King SenebKay’s forensic report.    http://luxortimesmagazine.blogspot.nl/2015/02/american-egyptologists-prove-pharaoh.html 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One very simple reason you should try Egyptian Elementals Dance and Movement 2015

……  All elements of your life will be positively enhanced (yes….really!!)

….but don’t take my word for it – just follow the link to the testimonials………. http://www.eed.com.au/page/dance/testimonials/index.html

This five week course is your opportunity to explore an elegant, engaging and accessible dance form at foundation level with other beginner students

The class will commence with flexibility and strengthening exercises.  Each week a new movement/ rhythmic element will be introduced while we work on postural alignment and the two elemental dance movement principles.  The benefits of these classes are myriad and cumulative, the longer you stay the more you transform!

Please indicate your preferred time/day in your reply:

Tuesday 24th Feb 6.30 p.m. till 7.30pm

Thursday 26th Feb 6.30 p.m. till 7.30 p.m.

If you cannot make either of these times/days, please let me know what other times/days might be suitable for you

LOCATION:      Brighton area, (address given at time of booking) 5 minute walk from Gardenvale Train Station (Sandringham Line).  Plenty of parking available, buses also run within walking distance. 

               Follow this link for services and timetable:  http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/timetables/  

Perhaps you would like to take advantage of the economy of the full block payment, but worried you might not like it?  No problem….For the Introductory Course the first class may be attended as a casual payment ($30) with the balance of the course being payable on the second week ($95.00), should you choose to continue.

Please bring/wear:  Yoga mat or towel, water, and attire appropriate for yoga.  I look forward to meeting you…Yours in dance, health and joy      Juliet

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EXODUS – out of the theater

Yesterday my partner and I went to see ‘Exodus’..  and despite the fact the script was appalling and any attention to facts and timeline non-existent, (i.e. Abu Simbel existing during the time of Sety 1st among other cliche clangers!)  – I sat pretty much enthralled through the whole thing, which only proves how desperate I am for anything vaguely pertaining to ancient Egypt.

There were some interesting character interpretations from the main players, but as fine a talent as Joel Edgerton is – and he really is – the true tragedy of this film was in his casting as Rameses 11 – (you would think they could find a tall, athletic redhead in Hollywood who is truly omnipotent – Nicole Kidman with the pharonic beard would have been interesting).  I thought Christian Bale a handsome Moses, but perhaps a little overwhelmed with the enormity of it all…  There was a stand out performance from Ben Mendelsohn as a corrupt political astute, slithering his way to the top of the pyramid.  Speaking of colour, or lack thereof, what was the sepia blue hue throughout most of the film?  I felt like I was straining to see through a dark blue veil. Perhaps it was and analogy for the darker aspects of Rameses mind, here depicted as a kind of ancient Darth Vader. However the lack of colour was particularly perplexing due to the fact that for ancient Egyptians, colour held significance in ritual and therefore in daily life.

The script was constructed using very broad strokes over the biblical timeline with just not enough depth to the characters and their day to day life and struggles – (most walk on and off as though they have wondered in from a neighbouring set looking for lunch)….when there was anything ‘meaningful’ between these ancient peeps it was reminiscent of a child’s pantomime…albeit of The Brothers Grimm persuasion.

The ‘sets’ were mostly computer generated, but even with all that technology it was visually still largely disappointing.  In terms of entertainment value, the original ‘Ten Commandments’ with Charlton Heston leaves this for dead, as does ‘The Egyptian’ with Victor Mature, (corny as these films may now appear, they are amazing productions when you consider they are nearly 60 years old, not to mention the extensive research and the fabulous production value offered at a time when majority of peeps would have accepted just about any visual interpretation).

My partner fell asleep which was merciful, as he would have complained even more if he had endured the full 150 minutes.   I watched every little moment and because I am such a desperate, I will no doubt watch it again – and probably end up buying the DVD….A sorry bit of something one loves IS better than nothing at all – it would seem.

It wasn’t quite as painful as watching our Molly Meldrum ‘Dance like an Egyptian’ on ‘Dancing with the Stars’….but very close.

Summary:  For anybody under 25, Or for the desperate diehards who loved ‘Epic Theater, Sand and Sandals’ as kids – (me). Or those who feel undressed without a trowel in their back pocket..(me again) Or for those who just want to escape….a lot! – (o.k. me again!)   Juliet Le Page Dec 8th 2014

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NAWAL EL SAADAWI

If you haven’t yet been introduced to Nawal El Saadawi, then I invite you to listen to one of the most forward, free thinking and courageous women of our time.  Despite a prison sentence, threats to her life and all manner of interference,  she continues to write and lecture.   In the links below, Nawal inspires and encourages women and men everywhere to determine and improve their own fate through the use of the creative mind, as opposed to a mind bound by the dogma of religion or the paradigms of our educational disciplines.

Nawal El Saadawi – “Creativity, Women, Dissidence” – Part 1/3     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JR1bm7eOgL8

Nawal El Saadawi – “Creativity, Women, Dissidence” Part 2/3   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsVxJuXTsGc

Nawal El Saadawi – “Creativity, Women, Dissidence” Part 3/3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmYZSTv_33M

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A RWANDAN PERSPECTIVE ON WESTERN MEDICINE

Below  is an insightful perspective from a Rwandan talking about his experience with the western clinical approach to mental health and depression.   To me it  is as priceless as the act of dance itself – Sun, dance, rhythm, community – when was the last time for you? 
Depression: Sun, drum, dance, community…….”We had a lot of trouble with western mental health workers who came here immediately after the genocide and we had to ask some of them to leave.
They came and their practice did not involve being outside in the sun where you begin to feel better, there was no music or drumming to get your blood flowing again, there was no sense that everyone had taken the day off so that the entire community could come together to try to lift you up and bring you back to joy, there was no acknowledgement of the depression as something invasive and external that could actually be cast out again.
Instead they would take people one at a time into these dingy little rooms and have them sit around for an hour or so and talk about bad things that had happened to them. We had to ask them to leave.”~A Rwandan talking to a western writer, Andrew Solomon, about his experience with western mental health and depression. From The Moth podcast, Notes on an Exorcism.http://themoth.org/stories

— with Karin Lloy.

 

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