VIDEO: Cairo Opera Ballet company rehearses for Zorba

Zorba Ballet Cairo Opera

The Cairo Opera Ballet Company is continuing its rehearsals for ‘Zorba’ – to be performed from 4 to 8 July – despite recent statements by MPs in Egypt’s Shura Council (the upper house of parliament), a member of the ultra-conservative Salafist Nour Party, Gamal Hamed calling ballet “art of nudity”.

At a sit-in outside the culture ministry, several dancers from the Cairo Opera Ballet Company staged performances of Zorba as a means of protesting the MPs’ statements. Watch my video here.

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