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Project writer, composer, director

A regular guest of Cairo Opera House, invited yearly to premiere his new productions, Adham Hafez is engaged in a lot of practice and theory around semiotics, rituals, post-medium practices, complexity, site-specificity, new choreographic systems, physical dramaturgy, trans-disciplinarity, cultural policy and new artistic hybrid forms.

Adham creates dance performances, concerts, installations, objects, publications, lectures, workshops, and what’s in between. He has produced a large body of work through “Adham Hafez Company” which has been presented in Egypt, the Middle East and Europe. He received his education in Western Classical Music (Helwan University), Opera Singing (Professor Dr. Neveen Allouba Studio), Contemporary Dance (Cairo Opera House Modern Dance School), Literature and Critical Theory (Ain Shams University) and holds the unique MDa degree in Choreography from the Amsterdam Theatre School (AHK- The Netherlands), where he obtained his Master degree under renowned choreographers and art theorists Benoit Lachambre, Myriam Van Imschoot, Sher Doruff, Jeroen Fabius, Joel Ryan and others.

Adham Hafez is the founder and program director of HaRaKa, the first movement and performance research project in Egypt. He is also the artistic director for the “TransDance” festival series and the founder of “Cairography”, the first publication in Egypt dedicated to critical writing on choreography and performance. He is the first Egyptian fellow invited to join the International Society of Performing Arts ’ISPA’ (NY), was awarded First Prize for Choreography by the Cairo Opera House, Egyptian Ministry of Culture, awarded certificates of Merit and Excellence by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Helwan University, as choreographer and as musician, and is the grantee of US Leadership Program. He was selected the “Performing Arts Entrepreneur of the Year” by the British Council in 2008, and as the Egyptian finalist he received the Jury’s special commendation in Edinburgh’s International Young Performing Arts Entrepreneur ceremony.

Adham Hafez is a fellow and member of the International Society of Performing Arts (New York) and the UNESCO’s International Dance Council (Paris/Athens). His work has been performed and installed at Cairo Opera House, Theatre of the Republic in Cairo and Townhouse Gallery (Egypt), SantralIstanbul (Turkey), Frascati Theatre (Netherlands), Damascus Opera House (Syria), Madina Theatre (Lebanon), La Friche Belle de Mai and Centre National de la Danse of Angers (France) and other venues, he lectures semi-regularly internationally, including giving talks at Peace and Friendship Stadium (Greece), Braunschweig State Theatre (Germany), Arab Symposium on Dance Pedagogy (Turkey) and others. Currently, teaches contemporary dance and performance theory at the American University in Cairo, and has just completed the first book in the Arab World ever written on transmission of physical information and dance education, to be published later in 2012. His recorded music compositions are internationally distributed in Africa, Europe and Asia. Adham Hafez continues to work and live in Amsterdam and Cairo.

His work in progress namedPsychOpera

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Dream City
Instant de chutes
EL WARSHA compagnie

You can ear Adham Hafez on Radio Grenouille:
- Octobre 2009: Premier entretien avec l’artiste
-  AVRIL 2010: Entretien de Adham Hafez et Ismail Fayed sur PsychOpera

- Février 2011: entretiens pendant la révolution et après les premières semaines: