Arabian Dance Theatre

October 03, 2012 05:00 ET

Be Here Now: For London's Spectacular New Arabic Music and Cultural Experience

LONDON, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2012) - Be Here Now is the bold, new multi-media dance show from Arabian Dance Theatre. The unique event is an explosion of modern, Arabic dance, music and culture - inspired by the events of the Arab Spring movement and its parallels with the 2011 London Riots.

The inspirational production, appropriately takes place in Tottenham, at the world-class Bernie Grant Arts Centre, on 12th and 13th of October 2012.

The show is a contemporary expression of youth, defiance and revolution and their effect on art; offering a rare and refreshing look at Arab culture through a vibrant mix of street and club culture, hip hop, rap, street, contemporary, pop music and dance, combined with modern Shaabi and Debke folklore.

With virtually no representation of Arabic dance elsewhere in UK theatres, the uplifting event will showcase rarely seen skills, while free workshops will inspire people to learn, participate in, and enjoy Arabic art and dance.

According to producer, Tara Lee Oakley, "With so much emphasis on negative elements of Arabic and Islamic culture in the media, we wanted to give people an opportunity to see many of the rich, positive and beautiful aspects of Arabic culture in an authentic, modern way. With so much artistic expression emerging right now especially from young people, we wanted to bring these exciting performances to the stage, and to an international audience."

Notes to editor

Be Here Now takes place at Bernie Grant Art's Centre at Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, London, N15 4RX on October 12th & 13th.

Arabian Dance Theatre was shortlisted for The Arab British Cultural and Society Award 2010, and has featured on the BBC Arabic News, Al Aribiya news, Al Alamia TV, The Daily News Egypt, Al Arab Newspaper and Asharq El Aswat.

Be Here Now, is Arabian Dance Theatre's fifth production.

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