The Arab Quarterly

London’s Arabic live music and dance stage show

The one and only artistic Arabian live music and belly dance stage show, The Arab Quarterly is in London again on Wednesday 28 November at The Cockpit Theatre, London, the new venue for our winter 2018 show!

The Arab Quarter was set up in 2009 by Melanie Norman and Hassan Mostafa with the intent of producing a centre of excellence in the fields of live Arabian music and oriental dance. To date they have produced over 30 shows at prestigious London venues, including 28 Arab Quarterly performances. Many famous professional, international and UK dancers have shared stage with them such as Magdy El-Leisy, Sundari Silke Rau, Khaled Mahmoud, Marta Korzun, Azad Kaan, Mercedes Nieto, Sabriye Tekbilek, Maelle Danse, Bina Danse, Laura Cernigiliaro, Jalila, Daniela Belluati, Farah Haraf, Pegah Rahmani, Barbara Olyus, Tracey Gibbs, Francesca Kalos, Sarah Malik, Gwen Booth, Farah Nasri, Giselle Castro, Anna Kemper, Judit Velkei, Juliana Brustik, Maelle Mayel, Sarasvati Dance, Vanessa, Bianca Ramos, Ellie Nazanin, Tevec Ibrahim, Tara Lee Oakley, Frederique Assor Liscia and shining lights Stephanie Maigret, Eve Layali, Shakira Jacobs, Amani, Victoria Bellydancer, Rachel-Christine Loveyourbelly, Shereen Alicia, Sureya Bellydance, Kloe Rumsey, Poppy Platanias, Rachael Borek, Ariadna Silva Chavez, Molly Robbo, Roxane Grant, Renata Uss and many more dancers of standing to be acknowledged in future events because the list is extensive! Please see the image coming soon in the comments section!

This stunning event brings the completely unique talents of The Arab Quarter Band to stage with musicians who have enjoyed staggering musical careers, all having played for legendary orchestras and bands over their vast experience, including that of Umm Kulthum in the case of Emile Bassili (violin) and Plant/Page of Led Zeppelin fame in the case of Hassan Mostafa (vocal and tabla); whilst Elgamal Elkordy (accordion) has graced numerous famous Egyptian orchestras, such as the legendary dancer Souheir Zaki, and George Dergham (keyboard) to this day is called upon throughout the Arab world for his exceptional musicianship.

Sharing stage with The Arab Quarter Band are carefully selected professional oriental dancers and highly gifted dance enthusiasts who bring unique dance voices and passions to our event, always beautifully costumed and providing a colourful and vibrant display of artistic merit. Our dancers are passionate about dancing to the special live music of The Arab Quarter Band and that exceptional musical and dance chemistry that comes out of a natural well of joy and intense commitment together. Our delightful dancers will be introduced soon as part of this invitation!

During the show there are two opportunities for the audience to join The Arab Quarter Band on stage during a short "audience boogie" section. This interactive and fun element is enormously popular with both cast and audience. So come and try the moves!!

We also have a splendid oriental market stall, Zara's Zouk, who bring a generous selection of dance garments and sparkling coin belts - ideal for a gift or to augment a dancer's wardrobe. This adds fun to the interval and is extremely popular.

So do come and enjoy the fun and vitality at this exceptional event. We look forward to welcoming you to a great night out!"

NB ! Please note the show starts at 7.30pm and The Cockpit cannot accept latecomers because of the intimacy of the auditorium and disturbing others! Doors open at 7.00pm.

Tickets are available shortly from The Cockpit website at www.cockpit.org.uk (as at 27th September 2018)

© 2018 Melanie Norman t/as The Arab Quarter