Orly Portal – Fakarouni



Orly Portal

פקרוני فكروني Fakarouni

"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 who, 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.



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.

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.


Choreography: Orly Portal

Dancers: Anderson Braz, Artour Astman, Erez Zohar

Music: “Fakarouni”

Lyrics: 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

Fakarouni was created with the support of the
Suzanne Dellal Centre Artist in Residence Program (2020)

Dellal Hall
90 - 120₪
Dellal Hall
90 - 120₪