The HealerNovember 15, 20197:30 p.m.MADRIDCasa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Advance sales at www.casaarabe.es up to the day of the screening at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be put on sale the day of the screening at the Casa Árabe headquarters as of one hour before each film (cash payment only). Assigned seats with tickets.
Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.Like every Friday, we will be screening a new movie at our headquarters in Madrid. On this occasion, it is a fictional feature film by Mohamed Zineddaine.The Healer, by Mohamed Zineddaine (Morocco, Italy, Qatar, 2018, 110’)
On the outskirts of mining town, young Abdou attempts to learn how to read and write. His adoptive mother Mbarka, the local healer, tries to protect her position of privilege by using the laws of obscurantism. Chaayba, an excentric, thief, suffers from a skin disease and ends up visiting Mbarka in search of a cure. Like three spinning carousels, these characters’ fates end up colliding on the same path. The story is presented like a Greek tragedy in which three characters’ lives are woven together, showing a new reality in a country where women are attempting to play a more visible, egalitarian role.Screening held with the cooperation of: Fundación Tres Culturas, LatinArab - Cine Fértil.
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Image: Pablo Casado
Course II on “thuluth” style Arabic calligraphyFrom October 18, 2019 until November 24, 2019Registration from October 18 through November 14. The course will be held on the weekends of November 16-17 and 23-24, including these two Saturdays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and the two Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.MADRIDCasa Árabe headquarters (at Calle Alcalá, 62). Classroom 4 Registration from October 18 through November 14. The course will be held on the weekends of November 16-17 and 23-24, including these two Saturdays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and the two Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Price: 120 euros.In Spanish.You can now register for this new course, which will be taught by Pablo Casado on the weekends of November 16-17 and 23-24 at our headquarters in Madrid.Because the last course was so successful and we received such a large number of requests to hold more, Casa Árabe is offering this new calligraphy course, which is a continuation of the course given back in February. During the course, participants will get the chance to become very familiar with the art of Arabic calligraphy in even further depth, including its different forms in the “thuluth” style (“sülüs” in Turkish), one of the main classical styles in Arabic writing. In addition to being reminded of the proportions of the letters and the rules to be followed, they will learn how to join the letters together and the steps to take in order to produce a final calligraphy work.
The course, which will be taught in Spanish, is open to all members of the public, because no prior knowledge of the Arabic language or any past practice in calligraphy is necessary.
Introduction to traditional teaching methods, both Turkish and Arabic
Introduction to the use of materials and learning to use them properly
Introduction to the letters and their forms through practical calligraphy exercises
Introduction to the different manners of joining letters
Preparation of a final piece or work in accordance with classical models
The materials required for the workshop (calligraphic pen, ink and paper) are included in the price for registration, and participants may keep them when the course is over.
The course will be held on the last two weekends in November, Saturday and Sunday, November 16-17 and 23-24. The class schedule on the two Saturdays is from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on the two Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
In all, the course includes 12 class hours, and the amount charged for tuition is €120.
How to register:
The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 15.
Registration open from October 18 through November 14, through the ticket sales section on this website.
Casado was born in Madrid in 1982, the city where he grew up and received his academic training. He always felt a special attraction towards the forms of Arabic calligraphy, but it was not until the year of 2008 that he was able to come into contact with the calligraphic pen for the first time, having attended a brief introductory course on calligraphy in the nesih style. A few days of practice were enough to arouse a great interest towards this form of art in him, and he soon felt the need to receive as much knowledge as possible from a true master who could teach him each and every one of its finer details.
It was then that he met the well-known and highly acknowledged calligrapher Nuria García, who would become his mentor and teacher. With her help, he traveled to Istanbul for the first time in the year of 2009, and thanks to her he was able to meet his own masters. That is how he began to complete his first lessons, with their help, and that of master calligrapher (khattat) Davut Bektas, always under the supervision of master Hassan Çelebi. Approximately two years later, he also began to receive lessons from the khattat master Ferhat Kurlu, who, along with Nuria García, would become one of his most influential teachers.
In 2014, after having fully devoted himself to learning this art, he earned his icazet or calligraphy diploma, in the styles of thuluth and nesih at the IRCICA (Center for Research of Islamic History, Art and Culture). In the end, his diploma was signed by master calligraphers Hassan Çelebi, Ferhat Kurlu and Nuria García.
At present, he continues to travel to Istanbul regularly and spends long periods of time there so that he will not lose contact with his masters and to be able to continue learning and perfecting this art.
Pablo Casado’s website
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Poster from the film “Gharam wa intiqam,” by Youssef Wahbi (Egypt, 1944)
Popular Culture in the Arab World: The twentieth centuryFrom October 18, 2019 until November 24, 2019Registration open from October 18, 2019 through November 24, 2019. The course will be held on two Sundays, November 17 and 24, from 10:30 to 7:00 p.m., with a lunch break lasting an hour and a half.MADRIDCasa Árabe headquarters (at Calle Alcalá, 62). Classroom 1 Registration open from October 18, 2019 through November 24, 2019. The course will be held on two Sundays, November 17 and 24, from 10:30 to 7:00 p.m., with a lunch break lasting an hour and a half. Price: 120 euros.In Spanish.This course on art, music, cinema and popular dance in the Arab world will take place on two Sundays, November 17 and 24, and will be given by professors Victoria Khraich Ruiz-Zorrilla and Nadia Jallad. Registration open until November 14.The course is a reflection upon popular culture in the Arab world throughout the twentieth century, a time when the culture of entertainment was developed and spread worldwide, driven mainly by the Egyptian and Lebanese cultural industries. To examine this, the course will provide a historical overview of the main forms of artistic expression produced by the people themselves, and by the elite for the people’s consumption, placing a highlight on the instrumental nature of such culture to serve the purposes of Arab nationalism and other similar local ideologies, such as Palestinian nationalism.
The sessions will discuss four main subjects: the plastic arts (signage and graphic humor), music, film and dance. At each session, we will view, analyze and interpret different forms of popular art production, taking a look at their socio-historic context and the symbolism used in the works, in order to reveal their explicit or implicit ideological intentions and allow those attending to grow familiar with the most widespread aesthetics and popular values in the Arab world.
By the end of the course, those attending will:
▪ Gain a general overall knowledge of the socio-historical and political events in the Arab world throughout the twentieth century, above all the main countries which produced and distributed pop culture on an international scale (Egypt and Lebanon).
▪ Be able to recognize emblematic artistic film and music production from the period, created for consumption by the masses.
▪ Become familiar with a whole series of Arab music and film performers who were iconic during the twentieth century, identifying their ideological positions.
▪ Be able to interpret the basic symbolism that can be seen in pan-Arabist and Palestinian nationalist political signs and posters.
▪ Be able to determine relationships of similarity and differences with European pop art productions, thus strengthening their intercultural skills and awareness.
▪ Have acquired significant sociocultural knowledge about the Arab world, which will promote effective communication at ease with the Arab people with whom they interact.
Profile of students for whom the course is intended:
People interested in popular culture and culture of the masses. Arabic language students. Plastic and stage artists interested in the Arab world. Employees of companies who have to maintain direct contact with Arab clients or partners. The general public. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 25.
The course has a duration of 14 class hours, taught in four sessions lasting three and a half hours each. The course will be held on two Sundays, November 17 and 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a lunch break lasting an hour and a half.
Sunday, November 17
• 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Session I: Culture of the masses and political propaganda. Political signage (Victoria Khraiche Ruiz-Zorrilla)
• 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. Session 2: The development of graphic humor in the written press. Theater and television (Nadia Jallad)
Sunday, November 24, 2019
• 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Session 3: Middle Eastern dance and the Egyptian film industry (Victoria Khraiche Ruiz-Zorrilla)
• 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. Session 4: The uprise of the music industry (Nadia Jallad)
Victoria Khraiche Ruiz-Zorrilla has a PhD in Semitic Studies from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, as well as a bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. She has been a lecturer of Spanish at the University of Damascus and a contributing educator at the Cervantes Institutes in that capital city and Cairo. Moreover, she was a teacher of Spanish as a foreign language in the programs given by Asilim (Association for the Linguistic Integration of Immigrants in Madrid) at the Refugee Reception Center (CAR) in Alcobendas, at La Casa Encendida and at its own headquarters. At present, she is an associate Arabic literature professor at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and of Spanish language at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, activities which she combines with translation and teacher training on teaching Spanish as a foreign language.
Nadia Jallad has a bachelor’s degree in Management and Business Administration from the European University in Damascus and is a graduate in Asia and Africa Studies from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Jallad worked in Syria as a project director within several international oil companies, and as a teacher and trainer of adults and children for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Since she arrived in Spain in 2011, she has received training on teaching the Arabic language, having specialized in teaching Levantine Arabic and Arabic for business. She has taught courses on the Levantine dialect and standard Arabic at various academies and at the NGO Asilim (Association for the Linguistic Integration of Immigrants in Madrid), where she is responsible for the Arabic teaching programs. Since 2015, she has taught Arabic courses at Casa Árabe’s Language Center and has given various workshops on Levantine Arab culture.
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Photo: Tarek Yamani by Marta Lamovsel
Concierto de Tarek Yamani en MadridFrom November 08, 2019 until November 18, 2019El pianista de origen libanés presentará en la capital su proyecto "The Afro-Tarab Pairings Project", en una actuación que tendrá lugar el 18 de noviembre en Casa Árabe. Entradas ya a la venta.El Afro-Tarab Pairings Project (Proyecto de emparejamientos Afro-Tarab) es un concierto solo de piano en el que el conocido pianista de jazz Tarek Yamani explora paralelismos entre composiciones con influencias árabe y tarab y piezas con influencias del jazz y de la música afroamericana. El concepto surgió cuando Yamani observó la sorprendente similitud existente entre estos repertorios, no sólo en lo que a su espíritu musical se refiere, sino también en relación con sus títulos y sus alusiones poéticas, algo que sigue siendo un misterio para este músico.
Algunas de las piezas combinadas incluyen:- "Com Acucar Com Afeto" del brasileño Chico Buarque y "Muwashah Hubbi Zurni" del egipcio Darwich Al Hariri;- "Lush Life" de Billy Strayhorn y "Lahn Al Shayalan" de Alexandrian Sayed Darwich;- "Tú eres mi todo ” y “ Bala Wala Chi ”del libanés Ziad Rahbani,- “A Night In Tunisia” de Dizzy Gillespie y “Fi Hulal Al Afrah” del egipcio Kamel Al Khulai."El pianista pionero transforma la música Khaleeji" (CNN)
“Música luminosa anclada en la armonía del jazz y en las tradiciones árabes. No hay postales kitsch aquí, sino una visión alegre y reflexiva" (Télérama)Tarek Yamani, nacido y criado en Beirut, es un pianista libanés-estadounidense con sede en Nueva York que estudió jazz de manera autodidacta a los 19 años. Su exploración de las relaciones entre el jazz afroamericano y la música clásica árabe quedan recogidas en su segundo álbum "Lisan Al Tarab: Concepciones de jazz en árabe clásico", y en su último álbum “Peninsular", que fusiona el jazz con los cuartos de tono y los ritmos de la Península Arábiga.
Galardonado con numerosos premios de prestigio, como Thelonious Monk Jazz Composers Competition, la residencia artística Baryshnikov, Huygens Scholarship, el Prins Bernhard Culture Fund y Abu Dhabi Festival Commission, Tarek ha formado parte de dos ediciones del International Jazz Day y ha tocado en lugares como el Museo Smithsonian (Washington DC), National Sawdust (Nueva York), Atrium en Lincoln Center (Nueva York), Boulez Saal (Berlin), MuCEM (Marsella), Hall de la Asamblea General de Naciones Unidas (Nueva York) y el Gran Teatro de la Habana (Cuba).Tarek también es educador, además de autor y editor de dos libros de música sobre ritmo. Además, ha compuesto partituras para películas proyectadas en más de 70 festivales en todo el mundo y transmitidas por las cadenas AMC, BBC y Sundance TV.
“In Those Lands” and “Yomeddine”November 22, 20197:30 p.m.MADRIDCasa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Advance sales at www.casaarabe.es up to the day of the screening at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be put on sale the day of the screening at the Casa Árabe headquarters as of one hour before each film (cash payment only). Assigned seats with tickets.
Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.This time around we are showing a documentary and a fictional feature film, at a new double feature sessions in the film series which Casa Árabe has scheduled for this fall. Tickets are being sold now on our website.En esas tierras (In Those Lands), by Nayra Sanz Fuentes (Spain, 2018, 12’) Documentary
Those lands belong to the people who once inhabited them, who inhabit them now, and the people who will one day occupy them. They provide a window onto the relationship between man and nature, violence and culture, the material and the divine, change and permanence... Nayra Sanz Fuentes, a director, screenwriter, editor and producer, takes us on a journey to a lemon tree grove in southern Spain and uses poetic language to reflect upon the arrival of this fruit on the Iberian Peninsula thanks to the Arabs in the eighth century, and upon the complex way in which our identities are constructed.
Yomeddine, by A.B. Shawky (Egypt, 2018, 93’)
Beshay has never gone outside of the leper colony where he was abandoned as a boy. After his wife’s death, he decides to gather his few belongings and set off in search of his roots along with Obama, a young orphan who joins him on his quest. Beshay crosses Egypt in search of his family and origins, standing up to the world and surmounting every difficulty that gets in his way, but also enjoying the nice moments which the journey provides him. “Yomeddine” is the debut film by Abu Bakr Shawky, a young director of Egyptian cinema educated in New York considered so excellent that his first work was selected at Cannes.
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