The genius of Mahmoud Reda


Mahmoud Reda the famous Egyptian dancer choreographer was hosted by the Library of Alexandria in an event entitled the World Dances with Mahmoud Reda.Mahmoud Reda was known for the Reda troupe for Folkloric Egyptian Dance, one of the most famous dance groups, he founded in the 60s.In my early days I enjoyed his movies although not many, I still remember Gharam Fil Karnack, (Love in Al Karnack) and Agazet Nos El Sana (Mid Year Holidays) these were musicals that were showcases for his choreography and his band.However within the context of the movie and using cinematographic techniques his genius was not really highlighted. Having seen Reda’s movies and his choreography through the narrow angle of the movie Camera, you cannot really appreciate the genius of Reda that transformed folkloric dancing moves into a picturesque and vivid show so not only a sequence of moves, but he managed to make these moves talk. In the celebration that the Library of Alexandria hosted I had the chance to see the show through a wider angle and a different perspective, and I really appreciate the genius of Reda. I was really astounded and wordless when I attended the celebration and saw troupes from five countries Finland, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, revived his tableaus. For the first time a full screen is visible to me in three dimensions and this really made me appreciate his brilliance radiance and vividness, I can see three things first the individual moves, second individual positions on stage, third moves around the stage.   Steps are planned and measured, they create, in their progress, nice geometric patterns, every single dancer starts at one point evolves on the stages on an invisible track and complements these patterns in a series of alternating shapes. You could appreciate this beauty of collective movements only on stage when you will be positioned higher. It is worth mentioning that even the entry of the dancers to the stage follows such tracks and it is very well organized.Hands, legs, and body movements are so gracious, dancers are almost flying, movements inspired by the various folkloric dance in Egypt. The show was complemented by the dresses chosen and again an interpretation of Egyptian folks dresses and off course adapted to dancing. When talking about Reda one has always to mention another genius that teamed with him, the late musician Aly Ismail who was behind the soundtracks of the various dancing tableaus. It is this same Ismail that was the distributor of many songs sung by Abdel Halim Hafez. The third person that was also a major contributor to this long lasting success of more than 40 years is the troupe primadonna Farida Fahmy.. At the end few words about Reda extracted from the program of the celebration who introduced Mahmoud Reda in the following words:The value of Mahmoud Reda as an artist exceeds time and place and his importance for the Egyptian art is unprecedented.


3 Responses to “The genius of Mahmoud Reda”

  1. 1 Basim Sultan July 30, 2007 at 9:41 am

    Unfortunatly i don’t know the guy, but he sounds good, i’m proud that there are egyptians like him who knows how to do things right, i wish i could have the chance of watching him some day, may be you will invite me doc. 🙂

  2. 2 rafiknakhla July 31, 2007 at 9:28 am

    you should attempt to see his movies, that included most of the dances he has designed.
    As Marwa Rakha commented, he is the one people remember many choreographers came and left but he remains the one and only Mahmoud Reda.
    The show at the Library was hosting troupes from five foreign countries this gives you an idea of his fame also on the international arena

  3. 3 mohamed abdel raouf November 9, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    i know this guy and i like it so much and i like this kind of egyptian dance and i respect it the only kind of dances i respect because it consder the best styll of egyptian foulkollour but not many egyptian like this dance and don’t know any thing about it .and i thing after mahmoud reda this type of don’t be famous like in the past

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