Arabian Dance Theatre

October 04, 2011 03:00 ET

Bedouin Girl Inspires New Egyptian Theatre Show in London

LONDON, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2011) - The Arabian Dance Theatre Company are launching a new inspirational show in October 2011 in London titled, Under The Sun.

Based on a real character, Under The Sun is a modern story about a Bedouin girl who challenges her traditions and follows her dream to become a dancer in Cairo.

Under the Sun explores traditional and contemporary culture in modern Egypt. The show presents a synergy of Arabic folk movement with contemporary dance, it incorporates a wide variety of Egyptian dance styles, emphasising the colourful costumes, energetic routines and uplifting music associated with Arabic culture.

Tara Oakley, the show's producer, and Shafeek Ibrahim, the director, travelled especially to South Sinai in Egypt to study the life and culture of the Bedouins. They spent every day with local families; learning their traditional forms of dance, attending weddings, meeting a medicine man and tribal leaders. They discovered how life was changing for the younger Bedouins and how modern day life brought many contradictions for their culture. Under the Sun is inspired by an 18 year old Bedouin girl they lived with in Dahab called Aisha, a girl who was adamant to follow her dreams even if it meant being the talk of the tribe and being excluded from her family.

"Every day she was determined to be her own person by challenging people's opinions and judgments to follow her dreams. This is still a difficult achievement for many female Bedouins," said Shafeek Ibrahim, the show's director.

"She is proud to be Bedouin, but constantly made challenges to her culture; wanting to study, work, learn English, meet foreigners, wear trousers and even carry a handbag. She is a strong and truly inspirational woman," added Tara.

Under The Sun is a story we can all relate to, it's about going beyond our borders, self discovery and determination.

The Arabian Dance Theatre was formed in 2008, their purpose is to bring Arabic dance and music into the forefront. Arabian Dance Theatre is working hard to preserve and represent traditional and modern Arabic dance forms. Their main goal is to produce shows, which create positive awareness of Arabic art, culture and society.

London Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October 2011, 8-10 pm
Jacksons Lane Arts Centre, Highgate. N6 5AA
Box office 020 8341 4421
Leeds Friday 11th November 2011, 8-10 pm
Seven Arts Centre, Chapel Allerton. LS7 3PD
Box office 0113 2626777 or visit the website

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