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Choreographers Who Dare to Risk Boredom in the Name of Insight

Publication: New York Times | Posted: Apr 01, 2016

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Mona Gamil and Salma Abdel Salam of Adham Hafez Company. Photo: ANDREA MOHIN / THE NEW YORK TIMES

Mona Gamil and Salma Abdel Salam of Adham Hafez Company.
Photo: ANDREA MOHIN / THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Its strengths are verbal and vocal. Even through the distortion of heavy reverb, the four women (Mona Gamil, Alaa Abdellateef, Salma Abdel Salam and Charlene Ibrahim) do pitch-perfect imitations of politicians and diplomats. In its parody of political speech, the script can be clever, with multi-sided ironies. The globe-spanning imperial titles of the new world order (“Her Majesty the Queen of Liberia and the American West Coast”) sound as absurd, and dangerous, as those of the old. The names of participants in a “cabaret for the colonies” scroll in an amusing list: Scarlett O’Sahara, Guantánamo Babe.”

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