The Gilded Serpent presents...
note to GS:
We are extremely busy here organizing
Nour's “Master-classes” and her concerts,
because she comes to Russia only once or twice a year. I have translated
her biographical information and put it here...
talked to Nour about writing for the Gilded Serpent, and she
promised to write a short article on the current situation.
As soon as I receive and translate it, I will send it. Also,
I have some curious pictures of Nour. You may publish them
along with the article. (One picture is scanned from a magazine.)
In the article there, Nour is compared to Sohair Zaki.
have many articles from the Arabic press concerning dance,
but unfortunately, I have no one totranslate them reliably
you have any questions or if you need any information about
dance from Russia, please let me know. It will be great pleasure
for me to help you!
My kindest regards,
born in Moscow where she began her studies of choreography at the
age of 8. She was focused upon folk dances from Uzbeck, Tadjick,
and Azerbaijan. As time passed, her achievements in dancing were
so good that she was invited to the school of a state folk Uzbeck
dance troupe called “Bahor”, headed by Kundus Mirkarimova.
the age of 10, Nour began performing on professional stage, mostly
with eastern folk dances. When she was still only11, Nour was fortunate
to meet Rina Dayal, the legendary popular dancer
in North India. Nour studied two classical Indian styles: BharatNatyam
and Kathak, as well as four folk styles.
Nour, Rina became a perfect example of a Russian dancer who
had managed to achieve fantastic popularity in a foreign country
with a different culture, and where nobody treated or perceived
of her as a foreigner.
Being a member
of a big troupe, Nour traveled around Soviet Union with concerts,
and she started to perform solo dance. During that period, Nour
began to stage her own compositions.
At the age of
13, she went to a ballet school of Moiseev who was a famous master
of ballet in Moscow. This was the apex of her learning period.
the age of 15, Nour worked on stage on her own, and after 2 years,
she organized her own Middle-eastern troupe, which was actually
the first eastern ballet in Moscow. During these days, Nour acquired
an old videotape showing the dancing of Nagua Fouad, an Egyptian
viewing her dance, and hearing her dance music, Nour realized
that it seemed very dear and familiar to her heart. Inspired
by the new material, and having already mastered the smoothness
of the body and hand movements (from Uzbek dances) and the
sharpness of the hips (from Indian folk styles) it was quite
easy for Nour to switch to a new passion.
In those days,
it wasn’t easy to find audio or video information on belly dance
in Moscow. That’s why Nour invented many of her dance moves.
This helped very much for Nour to find her unique style of the
dance. Later, she found out that some dance movements that she
had performed from her mind were ones that were classic to the
dance became the only and favorite dance for Nour. This dance,
having its own rules, was like the flight of a soul, especially
for one who sees dance as art and not just personal exhibitionism.
of a troupe took too much time; that’s why Nour parted with the
troupe girls and started a serious belly dance solo career. She
began working abroad on contracts. Nour danced in many countries
such as Jordan, The Arab Emirates, Turkey, Greece, and even Shrilanka.
Nour’s mother followed her in all her trips as her best friend
is scanned from a magazine. (GET NAME)
In the article there, Nour is compared to Sohair Zaki.
While she was
working in Arabic countries, artists and manager kept telling Nour
that it would be better for her to work in Egypt, not only because
she had perfect dancing skills and a work serious attitude, but
because it’s only in Egypt where a dancer can really grow in her
skills. It is the center of Arabic art and culture and a kind of
“Hollywood”. So Nour went to Cairo.
I came to Egypt, joy and expectations vanished because I faced
many problems of local show business. It wasn’t easy at all,
but coming out on stage, I felt happy and I felt a real contact
That's why I
forgot all about my difficulties. My parents were also with me,
helping and advising. But fortunately, in a time of trouble, God
sent me my future husband, a Syrian singer, Yasser,
who is a fanatic of the art like myself. He helped me to overcome
all the difficulties and defended me against dishonest and unfair
people. He sacrificed his career of a singer for some time because
the career of a dancer is very limited in time,” remembers Nour.
At present, Nour
lives and works in Cairo. She has performed (in different years)
almost in all of the 5-star hotels in Cairo, but her true concert
activity in Egypt takes place at weddings. The wedding is a special
ritual for Egyptians. One or several famous singers and artists
are invited to perform at weddings, depending on the income of
the families involved.
a belly dancer, the work at the wedding is more honorable
in Egypt than work in restaurants and nightclubs. A dancer’s
name recognition and reputation is created by her performances
In Cairo, Nour
became acquainted with a dancer and choreographer named Raqia
Hassan. Due to that acquaintance, she has performed three
years in a row at Raqia’s Cairo Dance Festival.
is very famous in Egypt; she is often invited to appear on television
programs, gives interviews for local papers and magazines, takes
parts in films and video clips, and gives charity concerts.
“I’m very happy
with my life in Egypt now, and I don’t feel any pressure from Egyptians.
On the contrary they are very surprised to learn that I’m Russian!”
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