In the commemoration of late performer
Um Kalthum, "Adieu Diva" features
an improvisational performance by a
contemporary artist, having lost the idol,
finds herself bombarded by vast culture
references, on a chaotic journey of self
The one object the character holds on to despite of the dramatic changes in appearance is the diamond crescent, often worn by the late Um Kalthum. The overall performance mixes whirling with weeping, yet implying various dance moves and changing in tempo accordingly.
The soundtrack is an audio mix of troubled radio transmissions of music, news, and Quraan, along altered Sufi and electric music.
"Adieu Diva" is choreographed, performed and directed by Nagla Samir, filmed by Mohammad Ardash, Audio by Mohammad Zayan, and edited by Ahmad Younes.
Single channel 4 min. video, and animated still images.