|6 , 7
|Grade Level Program
|In-School Performance (intended for the entire grade level to experience together)
|In-School, In-School + Offsite,
|Other , Email , Phone
In advance: Print-quality PDF of study guide; Performance Day: 6 performers, 1 stage manager/technician, costumes and props, sound system, backstage tables, garment racks, mirrors
Open performance area, with wing space allowing entrances from either side. Area behind stage back wall must be spacious enough to be used as dressing area to accommodate 6 dancers plus costume racks & 2 8" tables; on-site parking space for company van.
Traditional proscenium stage or suitable open performance area, with wing space allowing entrances from either side. Area behind stage back wall must be spacious enough to be used as dressing area to accommodate 6 dancers plus costume racks & two 6" tables; on-site parking space for company van. Company arrives 90 minutes prior to start for set-up.
I CAN demonstrate how to "Walk like an Egyptian" using movements shown in the art of Ancient Egypt. I CAN tell a story using dance, movement and spoken word. I CAN explain the meanings of various poses depicted in the art of Ancient Egypt. I CAN identify cultural practices of the Ancient Egyptian civilization that influenced modern scientific practices. I CAN discuss the religious beliefs of the Ancient Egyptian civilization regarding the afterlife, and the influence on their daily lives.
"Land of The Pharaohs" presents its audience with an overview of Ancient Egyptian civilization from its origins through to the 20th Century. It is an inter-disciplinary presentation of both Ancient and present-day styles of Egyptian dance, modern interpretive dance and supporting story-theater narrative. The artistic team for Land of The Pharaohs is composed of: Morgiana Celeste Varricchio, MFA, writer and director; Samara Adell, choreographer, and Phyllis Saretta, PhD., Egyptologist and artistic consultant. Subject matter for this 60-minute program includes: -- The Deities: "The Myth of Isis and Osiris," a dance/story theater piece. -- The Might of Pharaoh: two dances depicting a battle and a Pharaoh"s funeral procession respectively. -- A Day in the Life of a High-Ranking Egyptian: a dance showing a banquet scene and its accompanying entertainment. -- The Eternal Inspiration of Cleopatra: Cleopatra"s death scene from William Shakespeare"s Antony and Cleopatra. -- The Search for Ancient Egypt and The Discovery of King Tutankhamen"s Tomb: drama and dance scene depicts the discovery of Tutankhamun"s tomb by Howard Carter. - Interactive dance lesson on positions of Ancient Egyptian dance with selected students invited to the stage. -- 2 interactive Q&A sessions with an opportunity for students to meet the performers. The program is underscored with selections of pre-recorded music which re-creates the music and singing of Ancient Egypt. The dance forms are based upon the moves depicted in the wall paintings from the period. The scenes portrayed are based upon historical events found in the literature, tomb paintings and temple reliefs of the time. This inter-disciplinary approach of dance and story theater provides a researched, rehearsed and entertaining presentation to young audiences, and a tremendous vibrant visual enhancement to the grade school curriculum. There is no difference across grade levels.
Volunteer opportunities: chaperones; audience.