A unique dance company bringing middle east and west together

Company of Dreams is a completely unique dance company blending middle eastern dance (raqs sharqi) and western dance forms such as ballet, contemporary and Latin. At a time when the middle east is associated in western minds with war, terrorism and destruction we are working to raise the profile of middle eastern dance and remind people of the region’s rich culture of myth and storytelling.

We also aim to overcome negative and mistaken perceptions of raqs sharqi (also known as belly dance) and help keep it alive at a time when it is under serious threat in its native lands, as a result of increased religious fundamentalism.

On 25 September and 9 October we will be bringing our brand new production of Scheherazade and 1001 Nights to the Lilian Baylis Theatre at London’s Sadler’s Wells.

This dramatic, theatrical production is supported by the Arts Council and we are excited to be bringing a middle eastern and a western audience together into Sadler’s Wells in joint appreciation of middle eastern culture and dance. This is a rare occurrence as the MENA (Middle Eastern and North African) audience is not traditionally theatre going and westerners rarely go to middle eastern cultural events.

Our work is exciting, dramatic and theatrical. Our dancing is artistically and technically excellent, but we want to reach out to as wide an audience as possible – to thrill people, to take them on an emotional journey and leave them with striking, long lasting mental images.

As well as blending western and middle eastern dance forms, our production of Scheherazade uses a mix of middle eastern and western music including Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade suite, and Om Khalsoum’s Alf Leyla Wa Leyla (1001 Nights )

I would love to tell you more about our unique vision and approach over a coffee or lunch and of course if you would like to come to see the show, we would be delighted to arrange a complimentary ticket.

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