Hangzhou Opera “To Meet the Grand Canal”

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Opera House

Ahmed Moustafa: To Meet the Grand Canal

أحمد مصطفى: مواجهة المادية الطاغية

Frankly speaking, I will not this time shed the light on Open Airspace Agreement between Russia and Egypt that implemented yesterday day via Medvedev the Russian PM and my interview via Sputnik Radio concerning this issue after Juma prayers, or talking about “Geneva Talks” and Dr. Bashar Gaafari criticism versus “Di Mestura” performance concerning his approval on controversial Riyadh II Meeting Statement, or “UNAG refusal on proposing Jerusalem as Israeli capital”, or “Soccer World Cup’s Draw in Russia” yesterday evening.

بصراحة لن أسلط الضوء على إتفاقية المجال الجوي المفتوح بين روسيا ومصر التي نفذت الأمس عن طريق ميدفيديف رئيس الوزراء الروسي ومقابلتي عبر راديو سبوتنيك للتحدث عن هذا الملف المهم بعد صلاة جمعة، أو الحديث عن محادثات جنيف ونقد الدكتور الجعفري لأداء دي ميستورا بشأن موافقته على بيان اجتماع الرياض الثاني، أو رفض الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة اقتراح القدس عاصمة لإسرائيل، أو قرعة كأس العالم لكرة القدم في روسيا التى جرت مساء اليوم.

However, I am addressing my tributes to my Chinese nice friend Mr. Li Jiazhe – Consular Attaché at the Chinese Consulate in Alexandria, who invited me for a great enthusiast cultural performance presented on Thursday November 30th called “To Meet the Grand Canal” which performed at Alexandria Opera House by one of the best artistic groups in China “Hangzhou Opera & Dance Drama Theater”.

لكننى أتوجه بالشكر إلى صديقي الصيني الصديق السيد/ لي جيازي – الملحق القنصلي لدى القنصلية الصينية بالإسكندرية، الذي دعاني لأداء ثقافي متحمس كبير قدم يوم الخميس 30 نوفمبر / تشرين الثاني بعنوان “مواجهة المادية الطاغية” التى قدمت فى أوبرا الإسكندرية من خلال واحدة من أفضل الفرق الفنية في الصين “أوبرا هانجتشو ومسرحها الدرامى الراقص”

Really I was very lucky to sit directly behind his Excellency Mr. Xu Nanshan the Consul General of China in Alexandria, as well as Mr. Zhao Zhou the Consular, when we talked a little about China, strategic cooperation, my teaching experience in Shandong province as an English lecturer there at some public schools and universities before the performance. The good thing that there were a huge presence from youth despite it is unusual to see in Alexandria such kinds of musicals or dance shows from the Far-East, because there is a linguistic barrier “Chinese language “, as we used to attend performances from the other Mediterranean countries “French, Italian, Spanish, Greek etc..” or Russian performances based on long-term cultural relations with Russia.  But this is the charm of culture, sports and arts, as they are the common language for all peoples worldwide, as it is exclusive for specific people.

حقا كنت محظوظا جدا للجلوس مباشرة خلف سعادة السيد/ شو نانشان – القنصل العام للصين في الإسكندرية، وكذلك السيد/ تشاو تشو – القنصل، حيث تحدثنا قليلا عن الصين، والتعاون الاستراتيجي، وتجربتي الخاصة بالتدريس في مقاطعة شاندونغ كمحاضر للغة الإنجليزية هناك في بعض المدارس الحكومية وكذلك الجامعات قبل العرض، والشيء الجيد الذي كان هناك وجود كبير من الشباب، على الرغم من أنه من غير المعتاد أن نرى في الإسكندرية مثل هذه الأنواع من العروض الموسيقية أو الرقص من الشرق الأقصى، لأن هناك حاجز لغوي “اللغة الصينية”، حيث إعتدنا على حضور عروض من بلدان البحر المتوسط الأخرى “الفرنسية والإيطالية والإسبانية واليونانية وغيرها”، أو العروض الروسية على أساس علاقات ثقافية طويلة الأمد مع روسيا، ولكن هذا هو سحر الثقافة والرياضة والفن، كلغة لجميع الشعوب في جميع أنحاء العالم، وليست حكرا على شعب بعينه.

The show started with some Chinese dialogues amid 5 persons representing the categories of the society “woman, researcher, young-man, labour and intellectual” and they were talking about their home-country Hangzhou/China and through their dream they brought us with them for a journey through time, when the life was very simple and the environment was pure, but before that in their dancing tableaus they showed us the dispute between “good and evil”, as it is eternal clash and will not stop, but in past it was more balanced.

بدأ العرض ببعض الحوارات باللغة الصينية وسط 5 أشخاص يمثلون فئات المجتمع “إمرأة وباحث وشاب وعامل ومفكر” وكانوا يتحدثون عن وطنهم “هانغتشو/ الصين” ومن خلال حلمهم أخذونا معهم لرحلة عبر الزمن، عندما كانت الحياة بسيطة جدا وكانت البيئة نقية، ولكن قبل ذلك في عروضهم الراقصة أظهروا لنا الخلاف بين “الخير والشر”، كما هو صدام أبدي، ولن يتوقف، ولكن في الماضي كان أكثر توازنا.

It was shown to us that the more human being is so tender with his environment and his land, the more it gives him the prosperity he needs, until the plot of the show, the opening of the new canal, and the English text that reaffirming that, which supposed to be in Arabic according to the audience, said Mr. Zhao. The English text showed how much the pollution and the corruption made in the land resulted by the greed of the human being, the lobbies, the world of interests, the businesses including trade activities, destroyed the ecology and the bio-diversity. So that we found the main dancer instead of wearing her white and clear dress as well as her amazing activity on stage, she worn a dirty cloth made of wastes, and thus activity became sickness. The matter that shows how much the human activity and personal egoism tarnished the environment and diffused corruption.

وقد تبين لنا أنه كلما كان الإنسان أكثر عطاءا لبيئته وأرضه، كلما أعطته الرخاء الذي يحتاجه، حتى عقدة العرض، وافتتاح القناة الجديدة/المادية المتوحشة، والنص المترجم للإنجليزية والذي يفترض أن يكون باللغة العربية وفقا للجمهور – كما قال السيد/ تشاو تشو، بشأن مدى التلوث والفساد الحادث في الأرض لجشع الإنسان، وجماعات الضغط، وعالم المصالح، والأعمال التجارية بما في ذلك الأنشطة التجارية، التى قد دمرت البيئة، والتنوع البيولوجى، بحيث وجدنا الراقصة الرئيسية بدلا من إرتدائها فستانها الأبيض النقى، وكذلك نشاطها المدهش على خشبة المسرح، تحول هذا اللباس الجميل إلى قماشة قذرة مصنوعة من النفايات، وبالتالي أصبح النشاط مرض، الأمر الذي يبين مدى ما أحدثه النشاط الإنسانى والأنانية الشخصية فى إفساد البيئة ونشر الفساد.

And once the human being restored his conscience, we found the main dancer started to be cured again from her sickness and danced as before perfectly, then when we found the other dancers started to clean the stage around her from dust, and the ambiance became cleaner, the dirty cloth has been removed and her white dress restored again, at this moment the audience applauded warmly, because they got the message of the show.

وبمجرد استعادة الإنسان لضميره، وجدنا أن الراقصة الرئيسية تماثلت للشفاء مرة أخرى من مرضها واسترجعت  رقصها الرائع كما كان من قبل، وعندما وجدنا الراقصات الأخريات بدأن فى تنظيف المسرح حولها من الغبار، وأصبحت الأجواء نظيفة، فأزيل اللباس القذر عنها واستعادت مرة أخرى فستانها الأبيض، في هذه اللحظة صفق الجمهور بحرارة، لأنهم استوعبوا الرسالة من العرض.

It worth mentioning that China ratified “Paris Climate Convention” and adhered to it to achieve the millennium goals made by UN as well as the vision of 2030. But the new US president “Trump” has withdrew from it in June 2017 because of unemployment, as he mentioned. Also “Hangzhou”, the city where this talented Opera House is located, was really splendid as the venue of “G20” in September 2016, as I made several videos in this regard, thus thanks a lot China for everything.

ومن الجدير بالذكر أن الصين صدقت على “إتفاقية باريس المناخ” والتزمت بها لتحقيق أهداف الألفية التي وضعتها الأمم المتحدة وكذلك رؤية عام 2030، إلا أن الرئيس الأمريكي الجديد “ترامب” إنسحب منها في يونيو 2017 بسبب البطالة، كما إدعى، أيضا إن “هانجتشو”، تلك المدينة التي تقع فيها دار الأوبرا الموهوبة هذه، كانت حقا مكان رائع لقمة العشرين في سبتمبر 2016، حيث قدمت العديد من الفيديوهات في هذا الشأن، وبالتالي شكرا جزيلا للصين على كل شيء.

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We really enjoyed the performance, so that we can say that not only Broadway, London, Moulin Rouge, Bolshoi or Mariniski are the only main venues for top quality dancing shows worldwide, but China became a strong rival in this regard.

لقد استمتعنا حقا بالأداء، حتى يمكننا القول بأنه ليس فقط برودواي، أو مسارح لندن، أو مولين روج، أو بولشوي أو مارينيسكي هي الأماكن الرئيسية الوحيدة للعروض الراقية عالية الجودة في جميع أنحاء العالم، ولكن الصين أصبحت منافسا قويا في هذا الصدد.

There is international trend to turn theatric dialogues and drama to movement and dance, so that any audience worldwide can understand through dancing the story/the plot of any performance like “Classical Ballet”.

هناك إتجاه دولي لتحويل الحوارات والدراما المسرحية إلى حركة ورقص، بحيث يمكن لأي جمهور في جميع أنحاء العالم أن يتعرف من خلال الرقص على قصة أي عرض مثل “الباليه الكلاسيكي”.

Chinese dancers level was really unprecedented, because despite the elastic shapes they enjoy, they made high jumps and unexpected movements, acrobatics and pirouettes, so that I wish in the future that such Hangzhou Dancing Company may offer some opportunities for junior Egyptian dancers to participate in some of its works and performances, as we have schools of dance in Opera houses in Cairo and Alexandria. Or at least some sort of cooperation is taking place between Egyptian Arts Academy/Egyptian Conservatiore with the Chinese side.

كان مستوى الراقصين الصينيين غير مسبوق حقا، لأنه على الرغم من الأجساد المرنة، فقد قاموا بقفزات عالية وحركات وألعاب البهلوانية ودورانات غير متوقعة، لدرجة اننى أتمنى في المستقبل أن أوبرا هانغتشو صاحبة العرض أن توفر بعض الفرص للراقصين المصريين المبتدئين للمشاركة في بعض الأعمال والعروض الخاصة بها، حيث لدينا مدارس رقص في دور الأوبرا بالقاهرة والإسكندرية، أو على الأقل يتم نوع من التعاون يجري بين أكاديمية الفنون المصرية / الكونسرفاتوار المصري مع الجانب الصيني.

For the fanatics and extremists, who think that arts and dancing are illicit, for their own misinterpretation of Koran and Hadith, despite God/Allah has not mentioned that in Koran, because those people resort to the verse of Koran “the meaningless speech or the matters that made us away from Allah”, but when the dance tries to shed the light on the points of defect in our society and raising the awareness, as we saw in this Chinese performance, we should encourage and learn it.

بالنسبة للمتعصبين والمتطرفين الذين يعتقدون أن الفنون والرقص أمور محرمة، بسبب تفسيرهم الخاطئ للقرآن والحديث، على الرغم من أن الله لم يذكر ذلك في القرآن، إلا أن هؤلاء الناس يرجعون إلى آية “لهو الحديث”، ولكن عندما يحاول الرقص تسليط الضوء على نقاط الخلل في مجتمعنا ورفع الوعي، كما رأينا في هذا العرض الصيني، فهذا شىء يتوجب علينا تشجيعه وتعلمه.

Also culture can strike three birds with one stone “poverty, extremism and protectionism”, as well as showing how specific people look at the others in the world, and in our point of view without diversity, this world will be very boring and impossible to survive in it.

كما يمكن للثقافة أن تضرب ثلاثة طيور بحجر واحد “الفقر والتطرف والحمائية”، فضلا عن إظهار كيف ينظر الناس بعينهم إلى الآخرين في العالم، ومن وجهة نظرنا أنه دون تنوع، فإن هذا العالم سيكون أكثر مللا وغير محتمل البقاء فيه.

In the end, we think that an international Chinese initiative like “Silk Road Initiative” can fund and adopt several cultural projects to be carried out between China and Egypt like this performance, provided that there are well-studied, feasible and sustainable proposals to be presented to the Chinese side.

في النهاية، نعتقد أن مبادرة صينية دولية مثل “مبادرة طريق الحرير” يمكن أن تمول وتتبني العديد من المشاريع الثقافية التي سيتم تنفيذها بين الصين ومصر مثل هذا العرض، شريطة أن تكون هناك مقترحات مدروسة وممكنة ومستدامة يمكن أن تقدم إلى الجانب الصيني.

Be guided accordingly.

يرجى الإسترشاد بما سبق.

Ahmed Moustafa

Director of Asia Center for Studies and Translation

Member of CODESRIA and Group of Strategic Vision Russia and Islamic World

احمد مصطفى

رئيس مركز آسيا للدراسات والترجمة

عضو كودسريا ومجموعة رؤية استراتيجية روسيا والعالم الإسلامى

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World Environment Day (WED) at BibAlex Alexandria and Obama’s New Beginning in Cairo

 

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I could not expect to take a day off  on Thursday dated June 4th 2009, because at my work there is a usual meeting taking place each Thursday and a several legal translation topics have to be translated, so it was good because May 2009 was very tiring month.

 

On the morning of that day I proceeded to BibAlex according to an invitation addressed to me by Dr. Amal Hosny the Coordinator of the United Nations Environment Prog here in Egypt (UNEP) to attend the celebration of the World Environment Day (WED) which supposed to be held annually on June 5th. And such event was hosted by Bibliotheca Alexandrina and in collaboration with the World Bank Information Center under supervision of Mrs. Nehal El-Kouesny.

 

It was really a good surprise to find Mr. Khaled Saleh one our best actors in this time being in the Arab World who took the floor several times and answered many question that related to both environment and human rights and the chart that he follows in both his movies and TV drama, also he advised the youth to take the initiative to develop their own community and make it more cleaner and proper for better healthy humanitarian life.    

 

We have discussed the Kyoto Protocol which was established on Dec.11th 1997 at Kyoto – Japan which entered into force on 16 February 2005 in order to fight the greenhouse phenomenon by reducing the use of the greenhouse gases and reduce the emissions thereof.

 

All know that USA signed on the protocol, however they never ratify it till now, alleging that both India and China according to their enormous economic growth not rationalizing the use of greenhouse gases, and also alleging that reducing greenhouse gases 7% lower than 1990s during the period in between 2008-2012 shall be very expensive, and from this point we kindly request from President Obama and his administration to do their best to ratify such protocol, because it has a very quick negative impact on the earth and it shall include all the countries and not limited to specific countries.

 

Some of the audience asked why we do not feel the role of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Authority (EEAA) and why they do not publish annual reports and statistics about the current environmental situation here in Egypt, however there is a very useful site for the EEAA (www.eeaa.gov.eg) where any beneficiary can find all the report and statistics she/he needs, however EEAA like the National Council for Human Rights (www.nchr.org.eg) the more precious information they supply the less use of beneficiaries. EEAA made a competition for WED occasion called “Your Planet needs you unite to combat climate change”.

 

In this occasion we forgot to remember Dr. Adel Abu Zahra a man from Alexandria fight a lot for environment as a human right and created the Environment’s Friends Association here in Alexandria and filed many lawsuits against politicians, the governorate and businessmen who tried to violate the environmental law in force No. 4/1994 and accordingly the United Nations bestowed him a title of one of the best 10 volunteers globally in 1990s for his efforts in both environmental field and women empowerment.           

 

 

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After the closure of the WED event, I flied to my house to follow up the big event represented in Obama’s speech, and as everybody knows that it was a big day in Egypt as a result of the great visit of the new US President Barak Hussein Obama to Egypt in his tour to the middle east which was started of course in Saudi Arabia for discussing for sure some economic topics especially the future of the energy “the Oil” and if it is possible to make it in this time being in a relevant price lest affect negatively on the American and global economy according to the global economic recession which was caused by the administration of Bush as result of his unjustified wars against Afghanistan, Iraq and its indirect participation in both the Israeli Aggression against Lebanon July 2006 and finally the war against Gaza from Dec 2008 till Jan 2009.

 

Such wars made the global economy incurs more than US$ 10 trillion according to all the realistic statistics fulfilled by international institutions in such era, if such amounts used in development it would defeat both poverty and illness internationally forever.

 

Obama talk about the intercultural dialogue and such thing was requested a long time ago by all the intellects from both the American and the Arab sides including Interreligious Dialogue, and referring to the matter of overlapping is something good, but I hope if media in west focusing on that, because in my point of view, he tacitly presented some sort of an apology to the Muslim World, which is good from his esteemed side.

 

Nothing new was presented for Palestinian side because the solution of two states and the matter of stop constructing settling colonies were presented before, but, in my point of view, youth from Arab side and Youth from Israeli side can make a compromise, not the politicians, empowering youth programs in between the two side and giving them the priority more than politicians can make a difference because such case represents their future and destiny.

 

The same attitude should be exerted in treating with the Iranian case, because, I requested several times before having a big Middle Eastern event like Middle East Youth Summit under the umbrella of both GOs and NGOs in the Area to collect youth from all of the Arab side, Iranian side and Israeli side to discuss the future of the Middle East Youth and the prospected cooperation among them in that respect that shall strength both economic development, growth and welfare in such area.

 

Peace will never come true without economic welfare, thus, Egypt needs Obama’s support to erect some middle nuclear power reactors that shall give us both energy and water that shall be used in sustainable development needs, because we know that US is the only power who can help and support us in that respect as we are qualified and having both the technical expertise and the manpower to fulfill that. Also, I should say that such reactors are not polluting the environment, because we did not hear before that France or Canada or USA suffered from the use and the negative impact of such reactors on their environment. Moreover, according to the statistics in that respect, France has exports amounted to EUR 3 Billion per annum represented in electricity extracted from nuclear reactors without any pollution.      

 

Finally, the Arab youth will never be free without empowerment that came as one of the most important UN millennium goal, accordingly, empowerment will be fulfilled through fair justice, academic freedom and scientific research, freedom of expression, networking, freedom of NGOs and parties and democracy the elements that should be supported by your government and all of international organizations that supporting such fields.

Finally, I would like to send my gratitude to Media & Press Department of US Embassy and the white house for sending me the text of the speech in two languages, the video and the for sms service in respect of sending me instant highlights of the speech directly on my mobile. 

  

Best regards,

 Ahmed Moustafa    

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