Legendary Egyptian ballerina to be honored in New York next month

Egypt’s first prima ballerina, Magda Saleh, center, performing in the 1960’s, left, and as Kitri in Don Quixote at the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow in 1971. (Courtesy Magda Saleh)
Updated 26 February 2018
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Legendary Egyptian ballerina to be honored in New York next month

CAIRO: Renowned Egyptian ballerina Magda Saleh will be honored next month by the New York-based dance and theater troupe, “From the Horse’s Mouth,” which will be holding several events in celebration of its 20th anniversary.
The event will also be screening a documentary on the history of Egyptian dance called “Egypt Dances” in which Saleh is the pivotal character.
Four performances, exploring Egyptian dance and culture, will also take place at the theater later this month, according to a press release.
Saleh is considered one of the most influential figures in Egyptian arts, with a long career filled with milestones.
She debuted her talent in the 1960s on the stage of the Khedival Opera, and was one of the early graduates of the Bolshol Academic Choreographic School based in Moscow. Saleh had briefly acted as the founding director of the new Cairo Opera House.
She was honored with the “Order of Merit” by former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser.
The Horse’s Mouth anniversary celebrations will take place on March 13-17.


Hoda Barakat wins Arab Booker for ‘The Night Mail’

Updated 24 April 2019
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Hoda Barakat wins Arab Booker for ‘The Night Mail’

  • The author will receive a prize of $50,000 for her winning novel “The Night Mail”
  • The book includes a series of letters from individuals who are facing social and personal issues

ABU DHABI: Lebanese author Hoda Barakat has won the Booker international prize for Arabic fiction for her novel “The Night Mail.”
She will receive $50,000 and the five other authors who reached the final short-list will each receive $10,000, the organizers revealed late Tuesday.
Conceived in Abu Dhabi in 2007, the prize is supported by the Booker Prize Foundation in London and financed by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism.
Born in Beirut, Hoda Barakat lives in Paris and has published several novels including “The Stone of Laughter” and “My Master and My Lover.”
“The Night Mail” is her sixth novel and has been translated into French.
Alongside the prize money, funds will also be provided for translating the book into English.
The novel consists of a series of letters by individuals “facing social misery and their own demons,” according to publisher Actes Sud.
Abu Dhabi, capital of the emirate of the same name, has become an increasingly significant cultural hub.
The city hosts the Louvre Abu Dhabi — the first museum to take the name “Louvre” outside France — which houses nearly 600 works in a futuristic building designed by French architect Jean Nouvel.