Art projects

ART PROJECTS AT CAIRO! Fest Budapest 2023

 

Our philosophy has always been highlighting the artistic aspects of Raqs Sharki, connecting people and cultures, creating a community, sharing experiences. Our Art Projects are aiming to dive deeper and represent this approach, while creating lovely memories with fellow dancers. Let us offer you some exciting new projects to take part in – designed for dedicated oriental dancers with artistic vision.

1 / BUDAPEST RAQS ORIENTAL – HYBRID GROUP PROJECT WITH MERCEDES

(Live & online classes, two months training and learning together, plus rehearsals)

2 / BUDAPEST RAQS NEOANDALUSI – ONLINE GROUP CHOREOGRAPHY PROJECT WITH NESMA

(recorded learning material plus rehearsals)

3 / “US – Untold Stories” Opening Show

(selection through casting, own group or solo performances)

This year we offer the possibility to take part of two different Choreography Art Projects on the festival: by Nesma and by Mercedes. Online casting, video learning, live rehearsals and group performance on the festival’s gala show – it will be a lots of inspiration.

1/ Budapest RAQS Oriental – Cairo! Fest group choreography project with Mercedes Nieto

 

Join a two months long inspiring training program with Mercedes and as a result perform a choreography with her and an international group of dancers on the main gala show of the CAIRO! Fest Budapest – live!
If you’ve ever seen a performance of Mercedes’s Nymph Oriental Dance Company, you know what style, mood and approach you can expect of this group project: a performance of an artistic stage choreography with a special focus on expressivity, storytelling and group cohesion.
You will receive personal guidance and feedbacks from Mercedes along the way.

Aim: gaining experience on every level, technical growth, enhancing creativity, being part of a supporting and motivating ambient of an international group of dedicated dancers, perform an artistically challenging piece on an important stage of the bellydance community, and enjoy every step along the way.

  • Style: lyrical oriental song
  • Level: professional, semi-professional, advanced
  • Language of classes: English
  • Training dates and hours: Wednesdays online on Zoom (or live in Budapest), 8th, 22nd, 29th of March, 5th and 26th April, 3rd May 2023 (6 classes of 90 minutes) at 7.30-9.00 pm (CET)

 

Live rehearsals: 8th & 9th of May in Budapest, Hungary (apx. 2 hrs each)
– in person (that means you need to travel to Budapest min. 3 days prior the festival)

 

  • Format: you can join the trainings live in Budapest OR online through Zoom. However it’s adviced to be part of the trainings in real time, in case your time zone doesn’t allow you to do so, re-watch option is possible too (except of the final live rehearsals on the last week, that’s a must)
  • Performer Participation: Limited spaces! Maximum 6 performers can be be selected to be cast for the project (with performing on stage).
  • Explorer Participation: YES you can be part of the project and benefit from the creative process even if you don’t plan to perform. (In this case the live rehearsal is not obligatory and additional costs don’t apply. Feedbacks – through videos – are also included.)
  • Cost of the project for Performers: 250 EUR (includes 6×90 min classes, 2 live rehearsals, feedbacks and guidance, live performance, photos and videos of the performance)
  • For Explorers: 200 EUR
In addition to the fee, you’ll be expected to cover your travel and accommodation expenses in Budapest, and the costume costs (which will be apx. 250 EUR and will be yours to keep).
The project is available for CAIRO! Fest Budapest participants only, that means minimum 2 Day Passes bought for the Festival.
Method of application:

 

Please send us a registration email with your dance CV and your dance video (YouTube link) not older than 2 years old by 17th February.
  • You will receive a video with a combination by Mercedes that you will be asked for to study and record – as part of the audition. Mercedes will teach a combination that you will need to practice, record (yourself dancing it) and send it back to us by 8th March.
  • You will be notified by 12th March whether your application was accepted or not. You have time to pay the resitration fee for the project and for the Festival by the end of March.
  • Those who will not be selected for cast can still join as „Explorers”.
  • “Explorers” don’t need to go through the audition process.

Performers are requested to be available for live rehearsals in Budapest latest from the afternoon of 8th of May.
(You only pay the registration fee for the project after being selected.)

Contact us for more info at cairofestivalbudapest@gmail.com

Opening of the registration and video casting: 15th February.
Deadline of feedbacks and beginning of work: 1st March.

 

BUDAPEST RAQS NEOANDALUSI I ONLINE GROUP CHOREOGRAPHY PROJECT WITH NESMA (recorded learning material plus rehearsals)

 

Would you like to take part of a special experience on stage with the mesmerizing Nesma? You’d like to try an Art Project that doesn’t include training but you can do it your own pace?
  • Level: advanced, semi-professional, professional
  • The group will learn a choreography of Nesma through pre-recorded videos, and perform it with her on stage of the festival, after a live rehearsal pre-show.
  • You can sign up with sending a performance video of yours not older than 2 years.
  • Only 6 dancers will be selected for the project to perform. Performers are requested to be available for live rehearsals in Budapest latest from 10th of May
  • You only pay the registration fee for the project after being selected.
  • You will be asked to send a video of yourself practicing the choreography, by 15 April, that you will receive feedback to from Nesma
  • Costumes: there is no specific costume for the project, you will need to bring a base costume that you will agree on with Nesma
Application fee: 90 EUR
In addition, you have to be part of the festival (with minimum two Day Passes), be dedicated and flexible, open to group work and new ideas, and new artistic experiences!
Opening of the registration: 15th February.

Deadline of feedback: 1st March.

Performers are requested to arrive and be available for live rehearsals in Budapest latest from the morning of 10th of May.
(You only pay the registration fee for the project after being selected.)

 

3 / “US – Untold Stories” Opening Show (selection through casting, own group or solo performances)

 

Let us invite you to another artistic experience!
Would you like to share your art on stage with other professional dancers and invited artists on our opening show this year? We’re planning a special project and you can be part of it too. The title is „US – Untold Stories”. If you feel you have a dance that matches the theme, you would like to perform it, and you’re opened to add to the creation process for the sake of the show, join the experiment! The show will be directed by Mercedes. You can sign up with any performance you wish to (groups welcomed too!), as long as it’s artistically following the theme. According to the dramaturgy, you might need to adapt your dance (transitions, beginning and ending) to the show’s theme.
  •  Applying is free, you just have to be part of the festival (with minimum two Day Passes), be dedicated and flexible, open to group work and new ideas, and new artistic experiences!

Opening of the registration: 15th February.
Deadline of feedbacks and beginning of work (consultations, etc): 1st March.

Performers are requested to arrive and be available for live rehearsals in Budapest latest from the afternoon of 10th of May.

 

Ready to level up with a true dance adventure?
For more info and to apply: cairofestivalbudapest@gmail.com