Topic: Dance

Umm Sameh peforms the music and dance ritual known as "zar", traditionally performed to ward off or exorcise jinn or evil spirits (photo: Khaled DESOUKI/AFP)

Egypt

Ancient 'zar' ritual puts exorcism on stage

Performance at The Colony, an arts centre in Lahore, Pakistan (photo: Philip Breu)

Theatre in Pakistan

"I just want to dance"

Sufis in Cairo (photo: Abdel Rahman Mohamed)

Sufism in Egypt

Sufis, sheikhs and charlatans

Poster advertising Al Darb Al Ahmar Art School in Cairo (source: Al Darb Al Ahmar Art School)

Cairo's Al Darb Al Ahmar Art School

The chance of a lifetime

Volunteers operate a stall at Baghdad City of Peace Carnival held on World Peace Day (source: iqpeace.com)

Baghdad City of Peace Carnival

Grassroots, green shoots

Male belly dancer Erhan Ay trying on a costume (photo: DW/G. Köhne)

Male belly dancers in Turkey

Shimmying, swaying and gyrating to the beat

Adham Hafez (photo: Max Lautenschlager)

Interview with the Egyptian choreographer Adham Hafez

The disappearance of the kiss

The Egyptian theatre director Ahmed el-Attar (photo: Studio Emad Eddin Foundation (SEE)

Interview with the Egyptian theatre director Ahmed el-Attar

"Art changes thought in the long term"

Still from the film "Desert Dancer" (photo: Senator)

Film review: "Desert Dancer"

Dancing around clichés

Two of the whirling dervishes of the Mevlevi Order who performed at the Ensemble Sarband concert at the 2014 Beethovenfest in Bonn (photo: Michael Kneffel 2014)

Interview with Vladimir Ivanoff of Ensemble Sarband

Creating a community of mindfulness and acceptance

Performance of Marc Sinan's "Dede Korkut" (photo: Thomas Aurin)

Interview with the composer Marc Sinan

A modern-day Bartók of Turkic music

Interview with Choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

"I Don't Mix Cultures, I Translate"

Poster for the Dance Festival on Marche in Marrakesh

The ''On Marche'' Festival in Marrakesh

The Ethic of Dance Is a Shock for Many

Dancers of the "Stop and Dance" project in a Cairo subway station (photo: Amira El Ahl)

"Mahatat" Dance Project in Cairo

Stop and Dance!