FILE - Folkloric Tanoura Dance
CAIRO – 12 February 2019: A total of 30 artistic works ranging from photography to sculpture are currently hosted by the Cordoba Art Gallery in Mohandesin to document the art of the Tanoura dance, emphasizing it's pure folkloric Egyptian identity.
In the exhibition, five enthusiastic artists present their distinguished works using various materials, including oil, acrylic, water colors, as well as sculptural works.
Director of the gallery Mohamed Gebali stated that the skirt dance was always presented by plastic artists in individual exhibitions and that the exhibition held in Cordoba Gallery is solely dedicated to the folkloric dance to prevent it from fading away.
It is worth mentioning that fine artist Khaled Abdel Aati presented five paintings in the exhibition, whereas artist Amani Zahran presented nine works of various sizes using pastel, acrylic and oil.
The exhibition is set to run until Feb. 20.
The word tanoura or tannoura refers to the colorful skirt worn by the dancer with each color representing each Sufi order.
Tanoura is associated with Sufism and is performed at Sufi festivals, but it is also performed by non-Sufis as a folk dance or concert dance. The dancers also augment their balance with the tanoura, through a dynamic centrifugal effect.