Dienstag, 21. April 2015


Nagwa Fouad


From the movie The Police Inspector "Mufattish el mabahess" (1960) Director: Hussein Fawzi, Music composer: Ahmad Fouad Hassan
Egyptian bellydancer Najwa Fouad

Nagwa Fouad is a famous Egyptian belly dancer. Her real name is ‘Awaatef Muhammad ‘Agamy, she was born in 1939 to an Egyptian father and a Palestinian mother.
Nagwa performed at the Abdeen Casino where she met Ahmad Fouad Hassan (her future husband for 6 years), a producer of stage shows that later became a famous conductor. He convinced her to perform live at the most prestigious music and dance show in the 1960s called “Adwa al-Madeena i.e. City Lights” which had featured such superstars as Shadia, Abdul Haleem Haafez, Fayza Ahmad, and Sabaah.
In 1976, the famous composer Mohammed Abdel Wahab wrote an entire musical piece exclusively for her belly dancing show titled “Aamar Arba'tashar i.e. Full moon” it was her transition from traditional oriental dance to a choreographed stage performances. Her stage performance to this special piece allowed her to change the way belly-dancing was presented on stage, transforming it from traditional oriental dance to more of a choreographed lavish spectacle adding more dramatic elements to it than ever before.
Nagwa featured on many of the covers of the Ahmed Fouad Hassan LP's/CD's. Nagua took every career step well calculated: "Hassan was 17 years older than me, but I needed him. He nurtured my amateur's talents... He taught me the importance of studying and working on my talent if I wanted to be a big star. He trained me at the Nelly Mazloum Dance School and I joined the National Dance Troupe to study folklore with Russian teachers." Nagoua Fouad learned showmanship and eye-catching techniques, which were obvious in her performances of "Ayyoub al-Masry" and "Baheyya we Yasseen". Ahmad Fouaad Hassan wanted to have a baby from Nagwa, something she did not accept so this eventually led to her first divorce after six years of marriage. Nagwa established her own dance group yet it did not last long and later tried to retire dancing to become actor. She played on the stage and in the cinema and finally became cinema producer.
She played a great role in the film “Hadd al-seif i.e. The edge of the sword”.
Source: Biography Nagwa Fouad by Achraf Wassim

Video: Nagwa Fouad (1973) 

Finally, here's the alternative version of Nagwa Fouad's performance in the 1973 Egyptian comedy 'Al Bahth a'n Fadiha' (Searching for a Scandal عن فضيحة البحث ). Directed by Niaza Mostafa, the film is an adaptation by Abu Saud Ebiary of “The Guide for the Married Man” a US film released in 1967. The Egyptian version of the film tells the story of Magdi (Adel Imam) who moves to Cairo and tags along with his womaniser colleague Sami (Samir Sabri). While out one night with Sami, Magdi meets Hanan (Mervat Amin), falls in love with her and asks for Sami’s advice about her. Sami's advice follows, and proves to be totally wrong.
Legendary Egyptian screen actor Yousef Wehbi gleefully plays Hanan’s intimidating father while Mimi Chakib plays her mother.
What's particularly interesting about this clip is that it appears to be colourised, either that or everyone is moving in an identical way in both clips. In the earlier clip, where Nagwa's in purple (posted earlier on TheCaroVan) Samir Sabri wears a purple coloured jacket. In this clip Nagwa wears a green costume and Samir Sabri wears a green jacket as he enters. The movements of the musician who joins Nagwa onstage and the extras in the audience are the same in both versions. Your thoughts? ~ 

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