field research

FOLK DANCE GROUP FROM KHARGA OASIS

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 or El Kaomeyya).