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    In October 2016 FE met a wonderful Nubian musician called Ali Teknik. He is Sudanese Nubian, living in Egypt. He plays Oud and he sings, but he is not a professional musician. We were lucky to hear his concert in a so-called Nubian house, in Ana Kato, West bank Aswan. The music, the energy and the songs, everything was perfect. It was fun to watch the other Nubians gathering around him, singing with him and dancing. Every time we came back to Aswan (2018, and two times in 2019), we were asking to see him, but unfortunately, he was not there. This is how it is in Egypt I guess,…

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    I recorded this clip two years ago in Nile House Villa in the West bank. These are professional musicians and they are usually with us on our Field research trips in Upper Egypt.

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    On one of our dance research journeys in Aswan, Upper Egypt, we were treated with a nice dance present. In the Nubian village, on the West Bank of the Nile river, where we were staying, we received an unexpected visit from Sudan. Young Sudanese Nubian male dance group was recording a video for the Sudanese television. When we told them that dance is also our main focus there, they did a short performance for us.

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    What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you see Raks El Assaya or when you dance to it? I´ll tell you mine. It´s Saidi, and the image of Upper Egypt. This was the image I had in mind, when I first heard Upper Egyptian music, that being a long time ago. I’ll tell you a story. It was winter 2003 and I went to Vienna all the way from Slovenia with a few friends who shared my enthusiasm for dance. We were so excited, because it was our first workshop with an Oriental dance teacher from abroad. So, guess who it was? It was the one and only…

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    In February 2018, my dance friends and I headed towards the Kharga oasis. It is the southernmost of Egypt‘s five western oases. Our main goal there was to make contact with local dancers and learn new moves. We found a group of dancers, whom you can see in the clip below. We spent five days together, learning from them. They are the Kharga Oasis official dance group. In this clip, as they said themselves, they portray the traditional dance from the Kharga oasis region. In seeing their steps and moves, as shown in this video, we can only assume that this choreography has been inspired by Egyptian stage folklore (Reda…

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    The main goal of my field research in Egypt is to discover the roots of Oriental dance and to find out the latest news and happenings in about the Oriental dance scene there.On this page, I will share some short stories, videoclips and travel reflections melted together with some theory and historical facts.