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פקרוני فكروني Fakarouni - premiere


Available to view until 26.09.2020

The Show

“This dance is a love song for love, for all my loved ones and lovers, A song of praise for the ability to be a loving woman who is not dependent on love.”
– Orly Portal

Fakarouni is a dance of passion, a ritual revealing the intimate connection between the temporal body and enduring love. The work is set to the music of famed Egyptian musician Umm Kulthum, Kulthum, called by many other names including the “voice of a nation” and the Star of the East, made her way in a man’s world to become a modern Arab cultural icon and a proud female expression of liberation from patriarchy. In Portals’s first work for male dancers, the eternal longing in Umm Kultum’s voice is embodied in masculine form. Yet, gender is blurred as ancient archetypes are broken, forming a new definition of masculinity and femininity. Portal joins her voice with that of Umm Kulthum, weaving music and dance together with the undulating ceremonial body to create a mesmerizing tapestry of desire. The movement of the pelvis holds traditional and folkloric social meaning, and conjures the ingathering of the exiles. Fakarouni is a work of virtuosic contemporary cabaret that is at once modern and ancient, mythic and existent. The work was created as part of the Suzanne Dellal Centre Residency Program.

The Artist

Orly Portal, is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, movement and voice therapist, and researcher of Moroccan folklore. She has developed a unique dance language that focuses on the body’s natural movement and gestures that respect physical and mental structures. Her creative path highlights contemporary interpretation of ancient traditions and combines elements of contemporary modern dance, contact improvisation, Feldenkrais and belly dancing. Orly was named an Artist in Residence in the Suzanne Dellal Centre’s inaugural residency program.

Anderson Braz, is a graduate of the Classical and Modern Dance School in Londrina, Brazil. He danced with Ballet De Londrina and professional dance companies in Salvador and Sao Paulo. In 2005, he accepted Ohad Naharin’s invitation and joined the Batsheva dance company. In 2008, he was among the founders of the Maria Kong dance and performing arts company. Anderson is also a practitioner of the Ilan Lev method.

Arthur Estman, is a dancer, painter and designer. He is a graduate of the Ballet School in Voronezh, Russia. After immigrating to Israel he continued his studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He has been the choreographer of the Clipa Theater, danced with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Barak Marshall, Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company, and the Maria Kong Dance Company. He was one of the finalists of the Israeli reality show “Born to Dance” and a guest in the Russian version of this program.

Erez Zohar is a dancer and multidisciplinary creator. He graduated from the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance High School in Jerusalem. He is a former dancer of the Batsheva Dance Company and since 2012 he assists dance companies around the world in the re-staging of Ohad Naharin’s works. Erez is a Gaga teacher who leads workshops and classes in Israel and abroad and a certified practitioner of the Ilan Lev method.


Orly Portal
Anderson Braz, Artour Astman, Erez Zohar
Abd El-Wahab Mohamed
Composed by
Mohamed Abd El-Wahab
Performed by
Oum Kulthum
Lighting Design
Nadav Barnea
Costume Design
Rossello Shmaria
Production Coordinator
Karin Lederman
Fakarouni Hebrew Translation
Marzuq Al-Halabi
Fakarouni English Version
Daphna Ben Yosef
Contents and Editing
Daphna Ben Yosef and Orly Portal


The work was created with the support of the Suzanne Dellal Centre Artist in Residence Program. The creation is produced with the support of the Israel Lottery Council for Culture & Arts


English Version Daphna Ben Yosef

They talk about you again… They remind me…
Rekindling the longing like a flame in my heart… in my eyes
Bringing back the past with its glory and beauty, its torments and cruelty
Oh, my soul, I remembered
Why did we part ways?
A single whisper turned everything around
Why remind me that which my heart has forgotten and sealed
By the time I let go of all memory of dreams, aspirations, and prayers
Two words spoken were enough to deprive me of my tolerance
My heart became consumed by the fires of torment
Reliving all that I have been through with you
My wistful eyes long for your smile
A yearning to hear you speak
My jealousy and doubt again aroused
And the night…the night grew longer than its hours
I hear your heart calling me
My soul with you forever
What is my world worth when you are not with me…?
Am I complete without you?
After the anguish of your absence
They talk about you once more
Meddling with the scar that has long become a memory
Awakens me to live for another tomorrow
Oh blood of my life, I am powerless by fire, jealousy, and shame
Wanting to escape my torment and rest in your arms
The breaking points, confrontations, and arduous nights
They no longer matter
What is in my heart still remains

The same love, even deeper
The same longing, even greater
Oh, oh, oh, my love
My life without you is impossible
Life is merely just the passing days
And why waste them with conflicts and coming apart
When we can create a beautiful world?
Why? Why? Why?
Through friendship, intimacy
Our lives become gentle replacing torments with love
The coming days will be better than those that have passed
The moon will glow radiant as we spread our joy
The stars will shine brighter, beaming in our eyes
And the trees will bloom before Spring arrives
What has passed with its bitter taste has been forgotten
Come, my love, let us seize the remaining days with joy
It is not life without our embrace
As we will not live twice
They remind me … Did I ever forget?
You are closer to me than my self
Both when you are far or near
The days are being spent, as are our years
However, you and your love
Your love will remain forever, with no end
With no end your love and you with no end
No end

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