On the importance of being an Arab, 2009

Ahmad El Attar
On the importance of being an Arab, 2009
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Photo by Alfredo Rubio


Ahmed El Attar is also the founder and general manager of the Studio Emad Eddin Foundation that provides rehearsal, residencies and training space to performing artists in Cairo.

His works, which address socially relevant themes, have been performed to public and critical acclaim throughout the Arab world and the West. He presented two performances during the 9th Sharjah Biennial: On the importance of being an Arab (2009) and The Committee (1998).

El Attar's most recent work Hassan X 2 and the Magic Well (2009) is a major production for children that explores issues of class discrimination and the global water crisis. Other work includes F**K Darwin, or How I’ve Learned to Love Socialism (2007) which won the best actor award at the Cairo International Experimental Theatre Festival (2007), Othello, or Who’s Afraid of William Shakespeare (2006), Mother I want to be a Millionaire (2004) and Life is Beautiful or Waiting for My Uncle From America (2000).

Ahmed El Attar has a BA in Theatre from the American University in Cairo and an MA in Arts and Cultural Management from Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle and was recently a Chevening scholar on the Clore Leadership Programme (UK). He is a member of several international boards and advisory committees including Femec - Forum Euroméditerranéen des Cultures. In 2005 El Attar was chosen by the Arabic edition of Newsweek as one of 42 personalities influencing change in the Arab world.

October 2010

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 9


El Attar, Ahmed

The Committee

The Committee is an attempt to explore the dynamics of this desperation and the different elements that shape it.

El Attar, Ahmed

On the importance of being an Arab

This production further develops the performance style that has characterised recent Temple Independent Company productions – a combination of theatre, music and visual arts.