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Hamsa to Dream

From November 23, 2017 until December 05, 20177:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Total duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Teatro Fernán Gómez, Centro Cultural de la Villa (Plaza de Colón, 4). 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Total duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes Free entrance after picking up tickets. SOLD OUT

Casa Árabe, Centro Sefarad-Israel and Casa África are commemorating their tenth anniversary with a show that combines artistic features from the Arab, Sephardic and African worlds. You can see it in Madrid on December 5. SOLD OUT.

Flamenco, Sephardic, Arab and African music will be accompanying the dancing at this show created by dancers Leilah Broukhim and Mohamed El Sayed. It also includes the invaluable contribution of Sudanese musician Wafir S. Gibril, who plays many different instruments. Hamsa –literally “five” in Arabic– is a symbol of protection shared by Jews and  Muslims alike. These three great performers would like to share their passion for music and dance through the evocative power of this common bond and artistic expression as a form of spirituality.

The show will be taking place on Tuesday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m. at the Teatro Fernán Gómez - Centro Cultural de la Villa (address: Plaza de Colón, 4. Madrid). The doors will be opening at 6:30 p.m. The concert is free of charge, but you must pick up your tickets at the Casa Árabe headquarters in Madrid (address: Calle Alcalá, 62). You may take no more than two tickets per person (until the event’s capacity is reached) only on the dates and at the times which are specified below:
Monday, November 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Casa Árabe, Centro Sefarad-Israel and Casa África –in conjunction with Casa América, Casa Asia and Casa Mediterráneo– form part of the Network of “Casas,” a powerful public diplomacy network run by the Government of Spain to work towards political and economic cooperation, intercultural dialogue, mutual knowledge and strengthening the bonds between civil societies in the different geographic regions where they carry out their activities.
Hamsa to Dream
Leilah Broukhim
Art director, choreographer and dancer
Leilah Broukhim was born in New York to Iranian and Sephardic parents, though she has resided in Spain since the year 2000.
She was trained at the Amor de Dios academy by great masters, while at the same time completing her learning in Seville with La Familia Farruco.
Leilah spent time performing at the most important flamenco “tablaos” in Spain and has been a member of the companies of Rafael Amargo, Paco Peña and Javier Barón. She was the guest performer at the Tenth Flamenco Festival Pa’tos put on by the Gomaespuma Foundation, sharing the playbill with Marina Heredia, Carmen Linares and Eva la Yerbabuena.
She has created two solo shows called “Dejando huellas” and “Embrujá,” which she has put on at theaters and festivals around the world.

Mohamed El Sayed
Choreographer and dancer
Percussionist, dancer and master of Middle Eastern dance, El Sayed was born in Cairo, and since he was just a boy he formed part of the children’s youth dance and music group at his school in the Egyptian capital.
In 1995, he began his official education at the Pyramids Dance Studio with great master Shokry Mohamed, who would set him on his path in a Middle Eastern dance and music career.
He continued his Sufi learnings at the Tannura School in the Sultan el Guri Mosque, with the great master Bondok el Asmar, one of the most important and prestigious Sufi masters.
As a musician, he has had four albums published: “Aprende los Ritmos Árabes” (“Learn Arab Rhythms”) Darbukka I and Darbukka II, the music CD “Aeini A-leek” and “Latidos del Nilo” (“Heartbeats of the Nile”).

Wafir S. Gibril
Guest performer
Born in Kurdufan (Sudan), Gibril studied at the higher conservatory of Khartoum and took his earliest steps in the profession playing the accordion in the groups of Abdul Aziz Almubarak, Mohammad Al Amin and Abdul Karm Al Kably.
Wafir is a lively, restless musician. He is mainly a master of the accordion and Arabic oud, though he also plays the Sudanese bongos –with three drums instead of the regular two–, the saz, viola, rabab, bendir, tambourine, metal castanets (karakeb) and many other percussion instruments.
His latest work, “Nilo Azul” (“Blue Nile”), is a thorough portrait of Wafir S. Gibril’s rich personality. Mariem Hassan, Nayim Alal, Iain Ballamy, Josete Ordoñez, Pedro Esparza, Vicente Molino, Ivo y Nasco Hristov, Sebatián Rubio, Salah Sabbagh and many others have already contributed their grain of sand to this work.
1. Nacimento - Birth
2. Pensando en ti - Thinking About You
3. Alma, Vida y Corazón - Soul, Life and Heart
4. Desde la otra Orilla - From the Other Shore
5. Guerra - War
6. Fal’lah Menkom -
7. Soleá Sufí - Sufi “Soleá”
8. Amor - Love
9. Acid Tangos

Total duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Leilah Broukhim: Flamenco dance
Mohamed El Sayed: Middle Eastern dance
Wafir S. Gibril: accordion, Arabic oud and flute

José Luis Montón: Flamenco guitar
Hesham Essam: Arabic oud
Aly El Halbawy: Arabic vocals
Naike Ponce: Flamenco vocals
Bandolero: Percussion