UCLA Live presents the US premiere of Leila Haddad and the Gypsy Musicians of Upper Egypt, "In the Trail of the Ghawazee."
Tunisian-born Leila Haddad is regarded as one of the world’s premier oriental dancers, performing Raqs el Sharki, commonly referred to as “belly dance.” Studying many of the Arab world’s dance forms by traveling from village to village, Haddad has long fought to restore oriental “belly dance” to its status as a noble art form, freeing it from its negative associations with smoky cabarets and male-only nightclubs.
Featuring exquisite handmade costumes, nuanced lighting and sophisticated technical direction, this beautifully staged event creates a dialogue between two ancient dance traditions—the Ghawazee (Gypsy) dances of Upper Egypt and those of the Kabelyas of Rajasthan, India. Haddad will be joined on stage by the renowned Ghawazee musicians of Luxor, Upper Egypt, who play a variety of traditional instruments.
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Tickets may be purchased on-line, in person at the Central Ticket office on campus (CTO at the James West Alumni Center exterior windows) or by phone (additional fees for tickets purchased on-line and over the phone).
Cost: Tickets cost: $42, 30, 22 ($15 UCLA students)
Parking is available for $8 (enter campus at Wyton Dr. and Hilgard Ave. to purchase parking pass).
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