Dancing the night away in Ancient Egypt

5 December 2008 by Lisa

As you will have seen from the many posts on this blog, the new Ancient Egypt gallery at the World Museum opened to the public today. Last night some visitors were invited along to the preview opening and were greeted by the Ya Raqs Dance Troupe, who performed traditional Egyptian dances in truly glamorous costumes. The red velvet number was a particular favourite of mine.

Lady dressed in red, dancing

Lady in red:  ‘Meroe’, the lead dancer from the Ya Raqs Dance Troupe.

I spoke to ‘Aziza’ who said she had been dancing for about three years. The dancers were from Chester and the Wirral – I had no idea that these were such exotic places!

The gallery itself has a good spooky atmosphere now that the lighting is low, in particular the ‘Realm of Osiris’, which has several mummies in it. I also had a go at one of the interactives and found out what my adopted Egyptian name (‘Fire Spirit Goddess’ in case you were wondering!) would be in hieroglypics. You can check out more photos from the opening event on our Egyptian gallery Flickr set.

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