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Dance like an Egyptian? Understanding Contemporary Dance in Egypt This project was presented as my bachelor project in May, 2013. The awarenes… Read More
Dance like an Egyptian? Understanding Contemporary Dance in Egypt This project was presented as my bachelor project in May, 2013. The awareness about contemporary dance in Egypt is minimal or in other words contemporary dance forms a community on its own. My bachelor thesis studies the current state of contemporary dance in Egypt. It also explores the history of contemporary dance in Egypt as well as presents a cultural analysis about the dance tactics. The study examines the distinctive style of the dance in Egypt; furthermore the effect of new media and European modern dance on the choreography. I make use of various collaborations that lead to hybrid interactions of dance and film, digital media effects, hybrid theatre, dance history and Egyptians’ misconceptions about contemporary dance and the consequence of culmination of technology on the dance. My book outcome makes an essential contribution to the literature about contemporary dance in Egypt. Moreover, it broadens the comprehension of the identity of the contemporary dance scene. For the project, I reached an assortment between my media input collaborated with the contemporary dance scene in Egypt. An installation piece was produced tackling a variety of aspects, and in relation to my research I considered three main characteristics of the scene, which are Identity, Obstacles and Gestures that are related to the Egyptian culture. I used a female dancer therefore displaying the gender conception, I am also collaborating with an Egyptian dancer currently studying at the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center. I developed my own visual language to express several notions and tactics of the contemporary dance scene today in Egypt based on the my research. Read Less
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Video Art: Hana El Sadek
In Search of the Absolute
 
Performed by: Khadija Youssef
 
Choreographed & Directed by:  Hana El Sadek 
 
Video Art: Hana El Sadek
 
Sound Design: Hana El Sadek & Hassan El Sadek 
 
Supervisor: Steffen Scholl
Second Supervisor: Mikala Hyldig Dal
 
 
 
The German University in Cairo
Faculty of Applied Sciences and Arts
Media Design
© May 2013