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The Stars Converge in Barcelona!

El Festival Internacional de Danza Oriental 2012

Text and Photos by Gabriel Monserrat Lopez
Event date:February 2-5, 2012,
Auditorio Axa, Barcelona, Spain
Posted March 16, 2012

Munique Neith is Brazilian of Arabic descent. She is the prestigious and well traveled organizer of the International Oriental Dance Festival in Barcelona. More than 1500 people take part every year in the 2 gala shows, the competitions, and in different workshops with the best international master teachers.

The idea for this event came up as a way to bring a piece of Egypt to Barcelona, giving a chance to dancers who have not had the opportunity to go to Egypt to learn. In 2007, Munique started this incredible festival that is considered one of the most important in the world. In the six years of the festival, Munique invited the best known experts to Barcelona. The artists include: Raqia Hassan, Dr. Mo Geddawi, Randa Kamel, Momo Kadous, Zaza Hassan, Soraia Zaied, Gamal Seif, Mohamed Shahin, Ashraf Hassan, Amir Thaleb, Jillina, among others. They have shared their knowledge and art with the participants coming from all around the world.

 

Munique

Munique Neith is originally from Brazil and is the the organizer of the 6th Barcelona International festival.
She also found time to also perform and teach. She is sensitive and energetic, spreading emotion with her dance.

Muique

Munique

Dr Mo

Dr. Mo Geddawi of Germany and Egypt,
co-founder of Reda Troupe, is always present at this festival as Guest of Honor

Mo Shahin

Mohamed Shahin performs an authentic Saidi cane dance.

Mo Shahin

Mohamed and Munique with their Raks al Assaya group performance
The choreography, created for this gala, was danced with perfect sintony.

 

Mo

Mo Shahin performs a Lebanese Dabke dance.

Soraia

Soraya Zaied of Brazil dances a classical routine full of emotion.

Soraia

Soraya

Al Baladi in its whole expression

Aziza

Aziza Abdul Ridha of Italy,
a respectable dancer and researcher of many styles, performs a creative Oriental dance.

Amara

Amara of Brazil
An amazing dance with huge veil wings that turned her into a flower!

Amir Thaleb
Amir Thaleb of Argentina
An emotional gesture of the master of Oriental dance in South America.
He was taught workshops on Oriental routines and Khaligi dance.

Tony Mouzayek
Tony Mouzayek of Syria
The pioneer of Arabian music in Brazil is one the most respected singers of the Oriental modern music.
He has produced and sung more than 60 albums.

Elsa of France
Elsa of France
A surprising dance with double veil and classical style.

Evelina
Evelina Papazova of Bulgaria and Italy,
has a charismatic, sensual and powerful dance in her distinctive style.

Amaru Sabat

Amaru Sabat of Spain,
presents a different performance of Tribal Fusion style.
Nobody can take their eyes off of her.

Helwa of Brazil
Helwa of Spain
performing a homage to the Divas of the Golden Era in a classical routine

Nuar Nair

Nuar Nair of Spain
Sensibility and grace in a magical dance!

Al-Macanah

Al-Macanah of Spain-
1st Prize Winner Group Category.

The camera catches this group forming an Oriental orchid.

Anastasia

Anastasia of Russia
1st Prize Winner Professional Individual Category. Absolutely divine!

Diana Costa

Diana Costa of Portugal
1st Prize Winner Amateur Individual Category. Fresh and emotional style!

Chiara

Chiara Saccomano of Italy,

Finalist in the Professional Solo category

Davina

Davinia of Spain,
Finalist in the Professional Solo category

Gitza

Gitza of Spain
Finalist in the Professional Solo category

Alika

Alika Hannan of Brazil
A classical style dance by a young perfect performer

Jelila
Jelila of Spain
The modern Egyptian dance by an experienced young dancer

Carla

Carla Pedicone of Argentina
Oriental Tango Fusion performed a well studied choreography with traces of both cultures.

Florencia

Florencia Kirlis of Argentina
A secure, beautiful and personal style.

Florencia and with Nico

Florencia and Nico Kirlis of Argentina  
The siblings bring to the stage the talent inherited

from the one the most important family names of Oriental Music.

Ballet of Munique

Ballet of Munique

Ballet of Munique Neith of Spain
The grace and ability of one most disciplined and talented young groups of Oriental dance

Family photo

Family photo of National Gala
All the artistic participants on the National Gala
[linked to larger image]

Artist

36- Artists at the International Gala
Amara – Mohamed Shahin- Amir Thaleb- Soraia Zaied – Tony Mouzayek – Aziza – Dr. Mo Geddawi – Raqia Hassan – Munique Neith

Dr Mo gets gift

Mo Geddawi of Egypt and gift
Mo Geddawi receives a representative gift handed by Albert Pujol,
the host and organizer of the Festival with Munique Neith

Aziza gets gift

Aziza Abdoul Rida of Italy and gift
Aziza receives a gift from Albert Pujol

Amara gets gift

Amara Saadeh of Brazil and gift
Amara receives a representative gift handed by Albert Pujol, the host and organizer of the Festival with Munique Neith

Raqia and Munique

Raqia Hassan of Egypt and Munique Neith Brazil

Amara

Amara of Brazil teaching her
Oriental Routine and Arabian Pop workshops

Mo teaches

Mohamed Shahin,
a multifaceted teacher at Shaabi, Modern Arabian Oriental; Folklore: Felahi and Saidi workshops

Aziza teaches

Aziza Abdoul Rida of Italy
The energetic drum solo with shimmy and Melaya Laff workshops

 

Class photo

Mo Gedawi
The always crowded Saidi and Oriental routine workshops
[click photo for larger image!]

left to right and from the top to bottom:
TOP
1-?, 2-KATY DIBA, 3-MERCE MARIN, 4-NU CANDELA, 5-DAVINIA, 6-MONTSE MARTINEZ, 7-FANNY MALDONADO, 8-MUNIQUE NEITH, 9-MO GEDDAWI, 10-?, 11-ALESSANDRA MELLO, 12-RUTH, 13-JOANA, 14-SIREN FIGGEMEIER
MIDDLE
15-LU MIDLEJ, 16-ELSA, 17-STHEPH, 18-?, 19-?, 20-JELILA, 21-CRIS MARTIN, 22-ANGELINA, 23-MARILU SACRISTAN, 24DANISA, 25-?, 26-?, 27-?, 28-MONICA MAAT, 29-JESSIBA, 30-CRIS SANCHEZ, 31-?, 32- , 33-SUZAN DEMIRCAN
BOTTOM
34-SAIA, 35-PAULA PALOMARES, 36-?, 37-CLARA MORAGUES, 38-VERA GONZALEZ, 39-KARIMA, 40-MIRIAM BENINI, 41-?, 42-YARA, 43-?, 44-JANAT, 45-?, 46-GEMA,

Munique and her husband

The Couple, Pujol-Neith.
The hosts and organizers of the 6th Barcelona Festival.

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