The Star of Bagdad – Nazik al-Malai’ka

The performance is one of  a series that Beit El Hekma is organizing to celebrate the Arabic poetry and its prominent figures like Nazik al-Malai’kaGibran Khalil GibranMikha’il Na’ima, and others. This time it tells the story of the brightest stars of the Arabic poetry, the Star of Baghdad Nazik al- Malai’ka (1923-2007).

The curtains open with young Nazik telling the audience her life story and about the painful moment that has driven her to start writing free verse that was later called “Modern Arabic Poetry”. At the background, the spirit of deceased Nazik was watching over her own life experience. This portrayed a picture to the audience to reflect on life and death and to feel the tortured soul of Nazik.

This remarkable performance ends with a scene of a poetry salon. The salon that only existed in Nazik’s imagination where she invited her friends, the poets and writers from all over the world for tea, talking to them and listening to their verses in complete silence .

The idea, text compilation and direction of the play were professionally performed by Dorothea Walter. Marwa Samir, Business student at Heliopolis University played the role of Nazik in cooperation with Nourhan Said, Maher Elhaggar, Noha Hussein, and students from Heliopolis University.