Samia Gamal Dancer from the Golden Era of Egyptian Cinema. Samia Gamal is one of the most famous Egyptian dancers in the history of raqs sharqi. She is one of the great dancers of the golden era of Egyptian cinema, having appeared in at least 5. Thanks to the movie industry in Egypt being so well developed. Samia Gamal was one of those dancers and she has been revered, imitated and has been.
Hence, a website about belly dance would not be complete without mentioning Samia Gamal. Below you can read some information about Samia Gamal, including a short biography, a list of the main films she starred in and an analysis of her dance style. Biography. Samia Gamal was born in 1. Wana Al Qiss, in the Beni Suef Governorate, Egypt. Her birth name was Zeinab Khalil Ibrahim Mafouz.
Her mother died when Samia was only 8 years old. Her father remarried and his second wife mistreated Samia. So she decided to go and live in Cairo, at the age of 1. Samia helped her sister with household chores and looking after the children but, as her sister. Those movies had dancing scenes in them and featured dancers such as Badia Masabni and other famous dancers of the time.
This is how Samia started dreaming of becoming a great dancer too and of working for Badia Masabni in her Opera Casino. One day, when she was about 1. Samia was sitting at Gamal Cafeteria and the son of the owner overheard her say that she dreamed of becoming a great dancer and of meeting Badia Masabni. As he knew Badia, he offered to introduce Samia to Badia Masabni. It was Badia who chose the name Samia as she thought that the name Zeinab was not appropriate for a dancer. The surname Gamal was then chosen as a thank you to Moustafa Gamal (from Gamal.
Samia Gamal was born on May 27, 1924 in Bani Swaif, Egypt as Zeinab Ali Khalil Ibrahim Mahfouz. She was an actress, known for Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1954. Mahmoud El-Meliguy, Actor: Iskanderija. Mahmoud El-Meliguy was born on December 22, 1910 in Cairo, Egypt. He was an actor and writer, known for Iskanderija.
The first time she tried dancing a solo, Samia was unsuccessful and she was booed off the stage. It was then that she became even more determined to succeed and she took private lessons from the Lebanese chorographer Isaac Dickson (who choreographed dance numbers for movies and for Badia Masabni. After a series of lessons with Isaac Dickson, Samia Gamal tried dancing solo a second time and this time it was a success and the start of a great career. From that moment onwards, Samia Gamal started working in different clubs, she was paid more and more, she travelled abroad and she started performing in movies. In terms of personal life, she had an 1. Farid El Atrache who never married her though, according to some because he was from a Royal family from Syria and he could not marry a dancer.
According to others though it was because Farid. After she broke up from Farid, Samia married a rich American, Shepherd King, who converted to Islam for her, and they went to live in Houston, USA. The marriage though only lasted one year, after which they divorced and Samia went back to live in Egypt. Her second marriage was with the actor Rushdie Abaza; they had a daughter and lived together until he died in 1. Samia Gamal died at the age of 7. Cairo. Films. Samia Gamal . Below I list some of the most famous movies that Samia Gamal starred in, which contain some of my favourite Samia Gamal dance scenes.
In many or her early movies, Samia appeared alongside Farid al Atrache, who was an actor, singer and composer with whom Samia had an 1. One of such movies was Hafrita Hanem(Little Miss devil) from 1. In this movie Farid plays the part of a poor singer who falls in love with the daughter of his boss. A genie, played by Samia Gamal, is supposed to help him conquer the woman he loves, but she falls in love with the singer herself and tries to seduce him. Two other movies, out of the many in which. This movie is full of orientalist common places about the Middle East, including the fact that Samia Gamal plays the part of a slave that dances in a harem. Other foreign movies include the American Valley of the Kings, from 1.
Samia Gamal playes the role of a dancer, and the Italian Lo Sparviero del Nilo (Hawk of the Nile)from 1. Some of my favourite dance scenes with Samial Gamal are in A Glass and a Cigarette (Sigarah wa kas)from 1. In this movie she plays the part of a dancer who stops dancing to marry a young doctor. However, soon she becomes jealous because a nurse tries to steal her husband . This was very common for her contemporaries and, as we can see from various dance scenes in Egyptian movies from the 1.
Samia Gamal, Taheya Carioca and Naima Akef all danced many different forms of dance. For example, in films such as I love you (Bahebbak inta, 1. Don. One specific characteristic of Samia.
She seldom stops and rarely pauses during her dance; instead, she is always moving, but without looking too busy. Her hips are always moving and their movements are layered on top of travelling steps.
She tends to prefer soft movements of the hips, such as small horizontal figures of 8, small inward vertical figures of 8 and lower torso undulations. Her arms are also always moving in a very fluid way, with her elbows soft and wrists relaxed and the fingers engaged in doing subtle wave like patterns. She rarely does percussive movements, she uses an accent of the hips here and there but only when absolutely needed. She does very few shimmies with the hips and quite subtle. Samia did more shoulder shimmies than hip shimmies and there is one movement in particular that is her signature move, as she did it very often, where she shimmies the shoulders and then moves the chest slightly forward with a soft accent. This movement is often layered with an arabesque or done at the end of a turn, as a sort of . Finally, even though rarely, maybe only in one movie or two, Samia did use floor work in her dance.
For example, in The Farewell Dance (Raqsat al- wadah, 1. Props and Costumes. In the many movies with Samia Gamal that I have seen, the only prop she uses is the veil, just for the entrance. As for clothing and costumes, she often danced with shoes with heels but, from the late 1.
In raqs sharqi. Generally speaking, the bra, in the early 1. In the early 1. 96.
Bint al Hetta (Local Girl) from 1. Tarik al Shaytan (The Devil’s Road). Also, the veil that covered. In any case, Samia Gamal always wore a veil material over her midriff as it was illegal in Egypt to show the bare skin of the torso. Also, she often had something to cover the navel, such as a rhinestone placed on the fabric just over the belly button, or a stripe of beads or sparkly material that would extend from the middle of the bra down to the front and middle section of the hip belt.
For dance scenes involving folkloric numbers she would wear baladi dresses. Sources and More Information. Biography. To write Samia Gamal.
On Vimeo, there are two channels that I particularly like because they have detailed descriptions of the movies and provide dates and titles. They are the channels of Leb Dancer and The. Carovan Bellydance, which both specialise in belly dance videos from old movies. DVDs. I have found only one DVD available so far about Samia Gamal, which is a collection of Samia Gamal. The title is Fabulous Samia Gamal.