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Solo artiste will ‘break the rules’

Solo artiste will ‘break the rules’

The highly acclaimed Egyptian writer, performer and theatre director Nora Amin will be presenting her multimedia solo performance Arab at the St James Cavalier theatre on Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.

On the invitation of Inizjamed, Ms Amin will also be leading a series of theatre workshops with a group of students at Sir Luigi Preziosi Girls Secondary School.

Ms Amin’s performance is based on four poems from the collection Muslim which she wrote in the US. She describes it as “an attempt to question definitions, break the rules and taboos and shift the borders between cultures and genres”.

The performance includes video clips from two short films shot by the writer in the US, Space Within and Project ME: I in U.

Music is by Nader Sami, who will also visit Malta to give workshops in October as part of Inizjamed’s Rhythm Diversity Euromed Youth project. Neveen Mohamed plays the Oriental drum.

Ms Amin has been trained by international theatre masters, among whom are Augusto Boal, the master and theoretician of the Theatre of the Oppressed. She is the Arabic translator of his method and of his book Rainbow of Desire.

Ms Amin’s workshops and performances in Malta are being run by Inizjamed in collaboration with Sir Luigi Preziosi Girls Secondary School in St Andrews and with the support of the Embassy of Egypt, St James Cavalier and the Roberto Cimetta Fund for artistic mobility in the Mediterranean.

The workshops are being coordinated by Marcelle Teuma of Inizjamed who is a drama teacher at the Drama Unit with the Curriculum Centre of the Education Division.

Tickets for Arab cost Lm3 and are available from the St James Cavalier booking office on 2122 3200.

For more information about Ms Amin and Inizjamed go to or call on 2131 5562.

Published by The Times of Malta on 15 September 2004.

Read the interview by Adrian Grima.