Nagla Samir

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Adieu DivaStills


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 exploration.

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.