Breathtaking contemporary dance show enchants Saudis in Jeddah

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The show is presented by Italian business group IBG with the collaboration of the Italian Cultural Centre. (AN photo)
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The show is presented by Italian business group IBG with the collaboration of the Italian Cultural Centre. (AN photo)
Updated 04 April 2018
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Breathtaking contemporary dance show enchants Saudis in Jeddah

  • “Omnia Vincit Amor” tells a story about love and includes a lot of classical references
  • Performer Keyhole Dance Project was founded in 2015 by Matteo Zamperin after a journey to the Midease
JEDDAH: In line with the artistic awakening that Saudi Arabia is experiencing, the Italian business group IBG put on a breathtaking dance show which enchanted an audience on Sunday night.
“Omnia Vincit Amor” (in English, love conquers all) is a contemporary ballet by Keyhole Dance Project, a contemporary dance company from Padova, Italy, which took place at the Italian Cultural Center.
Staged in collaboration with the Cultural Center and the patronage of the Italian Consulate, “Omnia Vincit Amor” tells a story about love and includes a lot of classical references and passionate emotions.
Before the show Elizabitta Martini, Consul General of Italy in Jeddah, said: “Entertainment is the new industry in Saudi Arabia and it is where more Italian events can contribute. We are glad the IBG is promoting such an event to strengthen Saudi-Italian ties.”
The show combined the strong but controlled legwork of ballet with a modern style that emphasizes the torso. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction were often used as well.
Jumana Rajab, a VIP relationship executive in the audience, told Arab News: “I’m glad we’ve started to introduce this concept of fun and dance, and I can’t wait to see more similar events as it is a chance to tell people that art has great meaning.”
Noha Yousif, who works in PR and was also in the audience, told Arab News: “I am so happy to have such a show in Jeddah as when I was younger I used to dance ballet. It is an iconic moment for me to witness this art and this change coming to Saudi Arabia.”
Keyhole Dance Project was founded in 2015 by Matteo Zamperin after a journey in the Middle East. They performed earlier this month at the Italian embassy in Riyadh.
Different types of choreography were used in different pieces throughout the show, such as Stones choreography, which was created in Budapest for the Hungarian National Ballet dancers, and Gestalt choreography, which comes from a school of thought that suggests that we perceive objects as part of a greater whole and as elements of more complex systems.
Sponsors of the event were the Italian Consulate in Jeddah, Sharbatly Fruit, Unifood, End Consumer, Assila Hotel, Silver Spoon and KH Morgan. Media Sponsors were Destination Jeddah, Arab News, Alam Arrajol and Design Magazine.


AMC Cinemas and Noon team-up to sell tickets for historic ‘Black Panther’ showing

Updated 19 April 2018
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AMC Cinemas and Noon team-up to sell tickets for historic ‘Black Panther’ showing

  • The showing of Black Panther in the first commercial cinema to open its doors here in 35 years is eagerly anticipated by moviegoers.
  • The partnership with Noon.com is designed to give people the chance, every day, to buy such a limited amount of tickets.

Riyadh: With the return of cinema to Saudi Arabia just one day away, AMC Cinemas has announced a partnership with Noon.com to sell tickets online for initial screenings of “Black Panther,” the Marvel Studios production of the immensely popular comic book that heralds the return of movie theaters to the Kingdom on April 20.
The Kingdom-wide excitement accompanying the arrival of Black Panther in the first commercial cinema to open its doors here in 35 years is expected to generate hordes of would-be moviegoers for what will be the only cinema screen in all of Saudi Arabia as the cinema ramps up to full operations. The partnership with Noon.com is designed to give people the chance, every day, to buy such a limited amount of tickets.
Movie lovers can now go to www.noon.com, where they can click on a banner ad that will take them to the micro site for ticket sales and information. On the micro site landing page, a digital clock will count down to the start time for ticket sales for the next showing of Black Panther. As soon as the start time arrives, customers can click on “Book Now” to begin their ticket purchase with Noon. As soon as the show is sold out, the timer will reappear on screen along with a message indicating that there are no more tickets available and when sales will start for the next showing.
Initial screenings of Black Panther are reserved for families only and are not open to single males. Future showings will be made available for single men.
Although ticket sales are currently limited to next-day showings, customers will be able to choose their cinema experience, type of seat and the number of tickets they want to buy. There will be an initial limit of six tickets per customer. Black Panther will screen nightly at 8:30pm with tickets priced at SAR75, which includes a 25 percent entertainment tax levied by GCAM and 5 percent VAT.
Tickets for Friday night’s premiere event go on sale at 12:00am Friday, April 20 for the 8:30pm show on the same day.