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Amb. Taify Entertains Egyptian Dancers
Egyptian Nat'l Folkloric Dance Troupe Performs in Korea
By Johnny (Hyun-Woo) Nam
Staff Reporter
Amb. Reda El Taify of Egypt (7th from left) poses with members of Egyptian National Folkloric Troupe at his residence.

Amb. Reda El Taify of Egypt hosted a reception for the visiting National Folkloric Troupe of Egypt at his residence in Hannam-dong Sept. 28, 2005.

Over 100 foreign ambassadors and other guests were invited to the performance by the dance group and to the delicious Arabic food.

Among numerous top foreign envoys were Amb. Babiker Ali Khalifa of Sudan, Charge d'affaires Ahmad Al-Dalbahi of Saudi Arabia, Amb. Jaafar Alj Hakim of Morocco, Amb. Hussein Rammal of Lebanon, Amb. and Ahmed Saif Al-Midhadi of Qatar.

Ten members of the Egyptian National Folkloric Troupe threw a performance for the guests gathered at the new ambassador's residence. They included Intesar Abdelfatth, director of Nubian Drums Band and Orchestra, and Mohammad Ali, director of the dance troupe.

Amb. Reda El Taify of Egypt

The dance troupe members themselves were surprised by the keen interest the guests, particularly Koreans, showed in the performance in which the Egyptian performers, in colorful traditional costumes presented an exotic, and dynamic dance.

The dance group was invited to the "Egyptian Night," where they presented traditional Egyptian music and dances, paintings and pictures along with Arabic water pipes called "hookahs." Egyptian dishes including kebabs were also served.

The Egyptian Night was held from Sept. 23 to 27, 2005 as a special event of the six-day Hanmadang Festival of Gwacheon, a satellite city south of Seoul.

With more than four decades of history Egyptian National Folkloric Troupe is presently composed of 130 members comprising 35 male dancers, 45 female dancers, and 60 musicians and chorus members.

Amb. Reda El Taify of Egypt (center) poese with other VIPs.

The Egyptian dance group was created in 1960 under the tutelage of Egyptian Culture Minister Tharwat Okasha and under the direction of master artist Ahmed Saad Eddin.

Other Related Photos

Three dancers of National Folkloric Troupe of Egypt perform.

Counsellor, deputy head of mission of Tunisian Embassy Abdeljalil Ben Rabeh (2nd from left), poses with his wife, Mrs. Dhouha Ben Rabeh (left), 3rd Sec. Hatem Yousri (2nd from right) of Egyptian Embassy and Mrs. Yousri.

From left to right: Brian Bain, managing editor of the Korea Herald, Amb. Ahmed Saif Al-Midhadi of Qatar, Amb. Moosa Hamdan Al Taee of Oman, Amb. Jaafar Alj Hakim of Morocco, Amb. Babiker Ali Khalifa of Sudan, and Amb. Hussein Rammal of Lebanon

Amb. Jaafar Alj Hakim of Morocco (left) poses with Mr. Lee Sang-Jin (second from right) and other dignitaries.

Amb. Reda El Taify of Egypt (center), poses with Amb. Hussein Rammal of Lebanon (second from right) and other VIPs.

The above photos were taken by James (Young-Ju) Huh, staff reporter of The Seoul Times.

Mr. Johnny (Hyun-Woo) Nam, who grew up in the port city of Busan, is serving as a staff reporter of The Seoul Times. He studied industrial engineering at Pukyung National University in Busan. Mr. Nam covers arts and living area with a special focus on film.






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