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“Layali lan ta’oud” (1974) directed by Tayseer Aboud, “A Love Question” (1975) directed by Henry Barakat.

In certain Egyptian restaurants it is typical showing traditional dances like raks sharki (belly dance) or sufi’s dance during the people are eating. For this, these restaurants are ready for this type of situations. For example, the tables are distributed around the show and for this reason, there will be always one empty side which will be the side in front of the show. Besides, the tables may be of different heights to get the best views. At the same way, if all the tables have the same height, they can be located in the different steps on the floor. Sometimes there is a free space behind the tables in which the people can be stood looking the dance. The ornamentation is warm and the windows are covered to obviate the natural light creating with both things and the artificial lights, a special atmosphere from the other time. This type of restaurants is typical in Egypt even they are showed in many films like “Layali lan ta’oud” (1974) directed by Tayseer Aboud, “A Love Question” (1975) directed by Henry Barakat and “Wahda Ba’d Wahda Winoss” (1978) directed by Hussein Emara.


1. Tables with different heigths and table’s distribution

2. Different floor’s heigths

3. Windows,doors, jaluosie closed with oriental and recharged ornamentation

4. Warm colours: garnets, browns,goldens…searching a dark and closed ambient

5. Lamps with the same ornamentation which is focused in the dance. There are more lamps distributed in the rest of the restaurant.

Circles of sustainability:

1. Identity and Engagement

  • Diversity and Difference
  • Belonging and Community
  • Ethnicity and Language
  • Religion and Faith
  • Friendship and Affinity
  • Home and Place
  • Monitoring and Reflection

2. Creativity and Recreation

  • Aesthetics and Design
  • Performance and Representation
  • Innovation and Adaptation
  • Celebrations and Festivals
  • Sport and Play
  • Leisure and Relaxation
  • Monitoring and Reflection

3. Memory and Projection

  • Tradition and Authenticity
  • Heritage and Inheritance
  • History and Records
  • Indigeneity and Custom
  • Imagination and Hope
  • Inspiration and Vision
  • Monitoring and Reflection

4. Beliefs and Ideas

  • Knowledge and Interpretation
  • Ideologies and Imaginaries
  • Reason and Rationalization
  • Religiosity and Spirituality
  • Rituals and Symbols
  • Emotions and Passions
  • Monitoring and Reflection

Extra information:

“Wahda Ba’d Wahda Winoss” (1978) directed by Hussein Emara.

In this video, we can see the different steps on the floor and table’s heights.


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