Two renowned Egyptian troupes, the Cairo Opera Ballet and the Reda Dance Troupe, will perform in Viterbo as part of the 2018 Italian Caffeina Festival.
The event will take place from June 22 to July 1 at the Palazzo dei Papi, a palace that served as the papal seat for 24 years in the 13th century.
The Cairo Opera Ballet will perform on June 24 while the Reda Dance Troupe will perform the day before the festival closes.
The festival will bring together important Egyptian personalities such as the Minister of Culture Ineas Abdel Dayem, Mostafa Waziri, the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities; and Zahi Hawass, Egyptian archaeologist and former Minister of State for Antiquities Affairs.
Caffeina is a cultural festival that takes place every year in the summer in the city of Viterbo. The festival offers a variety of events including debates, book launches, theatrical readings, theater for guys, concerts, exhibitions. This year represents the 13th edition of the festival.
The Cairo Opera Ballet was established in 1966. Its dancers were trained by Soviet ballet experts. Its first production was The Fountain of Bakchisaray directed by Leonid Labrovsky, former director of the Bolshoi Theatre. In 1973 the ballet began touring the world, performing in countries including Canada, Mexico, Czech Republic, England, Jordan, Syria, Mauritius and Japan. Erminia Gambarelli Kamel is the troupe’s current artistic director.
As for Reda Dance Troupe, it was founded by the dance Mahmoud Reda. The troupe has become iconic for combining oriental dance with traditional ballet. After Mahmoud Reda starred in a movie titled “Agazet Nest Al-Sana” (mid-year vacation) with the rest of the Reda group, the group gained nationwide fame. The Reda troupe preforms to this day.