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Mahmoud Reda

Mahmoud Reda graduated from the Faculty of Commerce at Cairo University in1954. He was raised in an Egyptian family that encouraged the pursuit of both sport activities and artistic endeavors. During his years at university, he competed in the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, and received the gold medal in free exercises in The Pan Arab Sports Championship in 1950 His sport activities were accompanied by an increasing love for dance. He realized that Egypt had a rich wealth of cultural heritage that needed to be presented on stage in a dance form.

Mahmoud Reda is the pioneer of theatre dance in Egypt. In 1959 he founded the world renowned Reda Troupe. By the mid 60s the troupe had over 150 members including, dancers, musicians, and technicians. As the soloist, choreographer, and artistic director, he was instrumental in creating a legitimate theatrical dance genre that embraced many styles. He has choreographed more than 300 dances, supervising all aspects of their presentation on stage. He has also choreographed dances for many Egyptian feature films, and has stared in three musicals directed by his late brother Ali Reda, two of which are major productions and are regarded as mile stones in the history of Egyptian cinema.

 Together with the troupe he has traveled to more than 60 countries, performing in prestigious theaters such as the Royal Albert Hall in London, The Olympia in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York and Stanislavski in Moscow. He has presented numerous command performances, and has received prizes and awards in international folk dance festivals.

  Mahmoud Reda was decorated by President Nasser in 1967 with the order of Arts and Sciences for services rendered to the state, in 1965 by King Hussien of Jordan with The Star of Jordan and in1973 by President Bourguiba of Tunisia

  Mahmoud Reda has also choreographed dances for many Egyptian feature films, and has stared in three musicals directed by his late brother Ali Reda, two of which are major productions and are regarded as mile stones in the history of Egyptian cinema.

 Mahmoud Reda is a prime mover. Prior to the founding of The Reda Troupe, there were no professional theater dancers in Egypt. He devised a method that gave structure and form to teaching dance, as well as enhance the skills and heighten the artistic level of his dancers. This method has influenced generations of Egyptian teachers both at home and abroad.

  Since the late 1980, he has traveled extensively, giving lectures and workshops throughout Europe, the Far East, the United State and South America. Mahmoud Reda is truly worthy of the title the Godfather of dance in Egypt.

The World Dances In Bibliotheca Alexandrina

65 dancers

 from

Egypt /Finland / France / Italy / Spain and Switzerland

 presented 23 from the most emblematic performances designed by Mahmoud Reda.

Introduced from 1-3 July, 2007 on the great hall in front of more than 4500 audiences in Alexandria – Egypt.

More details about the troupes will coming soon.

Photos by Sherif Saber

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