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Sideways Rain Performance | Egypt Premiere (postponed)


March 17, 2020 till March 19, 2020

Sideways Rain in Cairo

From 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

March 21, 2020 till March 23, 2020

Sideways Rain in Cairo #2

From 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

March 28, 2020 till March 29, 2020

Sideways Rain in Alexandria

From 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

We are excited to present the Egypt premier of “Sideways Rain,” which marks our newest collaboration with the Swiss dance company “Alias.” This choreographed work by Guilherme Botelho, the celebrated Brazilian choreographer and artistic director of Alias, will be performed six times in Cairo and twice in Alexandria throughout March. Make sure to catch this sensational piece that toured extensively since 2010 and left audiences spellbound in more than 50 cities around the world.

But that’s not all! For this national premier, graduates of the MAAT|Contemporary Dance School are performing alongside the Alias company dancers on all eight nights of “Sideways Rain.” This collaboration between MAAT for Contemporary Art and Alias began last November.

Maat for Contemporary Art|Cairo Contemporary Dance Center in collaboration with Alias Dance Company, and supported by Pro Helvetia Cairo, Swiss Arts Council

Sideways Rain synopsis:
They advance pushed by the same force, which draws them indefatigably forward. Whence? Towards a common destiny which seems to slide between their fingers. The human condition, the evolution of mankind and the transformations of the universe are all sketched out in one crossing after another.
With Sideways Rain , Guilherme Botelho takes us on a journey of anonymous characters walking, running, falling, getting up, stopping and starting again as if on the tracks of a Darwinian cycle which seems destined to repeat itself infinitely and inevitably.
An ode to life, to its brute force, its infinite energy and the enigmatic laws that rule the world. The choreography makes us spectators of the birth of the universe, of its forward march, its decline and its possible rebirth. This strange cycle of life and death is escorted by the light: bodies coming out of the shadows are projected into a blaze and end up in a crepuscular atmosphere.

Choreographer & Director: Guilherme Botelho

Abdelrahman Ahmed (EG)
Ahmed Azmy (EG)
Aly Abdelfatah (EG)
Amina Abouelghar (EG)
Claire-Marie RICARTE REOT  (CH)
Doua Fatfat (EG)
Eman Hussein (EG)
Hanin Tarek (EG)
Islam El-Araby (EG)
Mohamed Mahmoud (EG)
Mahmoud Zaghloul (EG)
Mona El Husseini (EG)
Mostafa Gamal (EG)
Shady Abdelrahman (EG)
Victoria HOYLAND (CH)

About Alias Dance Company:
Cie Alias, based in Geneva under the direction of Guilherme Botelho, is a contemporary dance company. Its starting point is the quest for unexplored points of view, things hidden and unusual. This is what Alias strives for, by forgoing appearances and habits and discovering a reality other than the mechanical reassurance of our everyday perceptions. Alias is an award-winning contemporary dance company based in Geneva led by choreographer and director Guilherme Botelho. Since its creation, Alias has produced more than 20 new works and performed in Europe, Africa, Asia and North and South America to critical acclaim.
Swiss Dance Award 2013 for «Sideways Rain»

Alias is granted a joint subsidy by the City of Meyrin, the City of Geneva, the Canton of Geneva and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Foundation for the Promotion of Culture. Alias is a dance company associated to the Theater Forum Meyrin (Geneva) and the Theater Crochetan (Valais). Tour supports: CORODIS, Loterie Romande.

About MAAT Dance Company:
Founded in Cairo by Egyptian choreographer, dancer and teacher Karima Mansour, MAAT Dance Company is the first Egyptian independent dance company of its kind. Since its inception, MAAT has presented over 88 artistic creations, productions and collaborations. MAAT introduced its new format in May 2018, after having grown significantly in scope and depth in the two decades since its creation in 1999.

Founder & Artistic Director: Karima Mansour
Operations Manager: Sherif Gamil
Open Activities & Outreach Manager: Amr Gamal
Social Media Officer: Ziad Hassan
Accountant: Amgad Abdel Rasheed
Office Assistant: Khaled Ali

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