field research oriental dance
field research


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.


The most famous Gahawazee group of the second half of the 20th century was Banat Mazin. Two of them, Khairiya and Raja, are still living in Luxor, and Khairiya is still performing. This was one of those rare moments, where we could see both sisters dancing together again. We were lucky to have them with us on our boat in March 2019, on our journey from Luxor to Esna.
I am preparing an article about the Ghawazee, and it will be published here on this page by the end of July.


Tahtib is one of the oldest martial arts in this world. They assume that its beginnings go far back in history, to the time of Pharaohs.
Tahtib is a thick bamboo stick. The two men, who use it to fighting each other, are performing their fight to live music. The traditional music for Tahtib is played on a mizmar and a tabl beledi (a big circular drum, that the drummer carries around his neck).
You can read more about Tahtib in my next article, which will be posted here by the end of June.