Thursday, July 20, 2017

Raqs Sharki 1-2-3: Nesma - Time traveling with the stars of Egyptian Dance

Favourites of the Fourties/Fifties:
 Stars of the Sixties/Seventies:
 Modern Legends:

Part 12: Nesma Al-Andalus (ES)
NESMA lived in Cairo from 1993–1998, where she obtained her extensive knowledge of Oriental dance, Egyptian folklore, Arabic music, culture and traditions. During this time she performed as a soloist with her own orchestra in over 3,500 shows on the most prestigious stages of Cairo. She broadened her artistic career in the National Egyptian Folkloric Ballet, The Reda Troupe, becoming over the years one of Mahmoud Reda’s closest collaborators. 

Since 1998 she has danced and taught around the world. In Spain she founded her own school and a prestigious dance company, Al-Andalus Danza. She presented her shows in prestigious stages in Europe and at the Cairo Opera House, the Opera of Alexandria, and the Library of Alexandria in Egypt. Her early interest in creating shows inspired in the Spanish Moorish heritage made her a pioneer of Andalusian style dance.

Along with her dance company, Nesma has established a record company, Nesma Music, presenting a great line of authentic music and videos, and a major festival, Raks Madrid, which takes place yearly in July in the grand city of Madrid.


About Nesma:
Nesma performing Wahashtini. Live band featuring Khamis Henkesh, Cairo 2011
GARIB AL DAR Nesma presents Mahmoud Reda choreographies, Madrid 2014
AL HAGALLAH, Nesma presents Mahmoud Reda choreographies, Madrid 2014
Nesma performing 'Enta Omri' (Om Kalsoum) at Raks Madrid, 2016
See more videos at Nesma's Productions youtube channel: 

Note: I've been lucky enough to take workshops with Nesma at several events, and she is one of the most inspiring artists I have met.

If you'd like to know more about Reda style, Andalusian dance, understanding Egyptian music and folklore, and/or working with live music and/or finding femininity and elegance in dance, I highly highly recommend her workshops, festival and formations.

Also be sure to check out her music CDs, which have beautiful full-orchestra arrangements of known and new songs.


See also: Raqs Sharki 1-2-3: Time Traveling with the Stars of Egyptian Dance
This workshop series by Khalida takes you on a journey in time with the great dancers of then and now.
  • Raqs sharki 1 – ‘Favorites of the fifties’ – Contains combinations and techniques inspired by the legendary dancers of Egypt like Samia Gamal, Naima Akef, Nadia Gamal and Taheya Carioca.
  • Raqs sharki 2 – ‘Stars of the seventies’ – Inspired by famous Egyptian dancers from the 60-80s like Suheir Zaki, Nagua Fouad and Fifi Abdo.
  • Raqs sharki 3 – ‘Modern legends’ – Contains informationa about, and techniques and combinations inspired by the famous dancers of this age

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