A shadow theatre show following the ancient Egyptian tradition in the garden of the Casa Árabe. The audience may try this art with the aid of the members of the troupe.
The members of the Egyptian shadow theatre troupe Wamda, which have been striving to revive and disseminate this ancient Egyptian art since 2003, present the show Ali Al Zeibak. The silhouettes, made of dyed leather, are shown behind a fabric screen with the help of Egyptian actors, and they are accompanied by marionettes and live music. The audience at the Casa Árabe may also PLAY with the shadow projections and try this art with the aid of the members of the troupe.
This art dates back to the 10th century before, the arrival of the Fatimid caliphates in Egypt (969-1171). It was created as a means of political and social protest, claims Nabil Bahgat, a member and founder of the troupe Wamda, who has performed and held multiple workshops in numerous countries. Nabil Bahgat is a professor of theatre and a theatre critic in the Faculty of Arts at the Cairo-based University of Helwan. He states that the troupe’s mission is to intervene in the present through the past, using traditional, autochthonous Egyptian arts with the purpose of addressing pressing social issues. Baghat has also directed several documentaries and plays.
During La noche en blanco,, with special lighting for the occasion, the Casa Árabe will also leave open its exhibition What is Happening Now? , which contains a representative sample of video and photography by Egyptian artists.