Monday, October 12, 2015

Ancient Egypt this week: Akhenaten the Musical, Cleopatra the ballet, Female kings, and bling

While we're all excited to see what's in Tut's tomb, I'm taking a break from ALL NEFERTITI, ALL THE TIME. I'm also seeing a visit to New York in my future!

Akhenaten the Musical
If you're getting all psyched up about Nefertiti's tomb maybe being located in Tut's tomb, and Armana is your gig, I have a Broadway show for you!

Pop-opera-soul diva N'Kenge (Motown: The Musical, Sondheim on Sondheim) will be starring along with Seph Stanek and Tony LePage in the Broadway-bound musical production AKHENATEN: THE MUSICAL, set for a concert at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur, 1000 5th Avenue, New York NY, on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 6 p.m.

The musical tells the story of the pharaoh AKHENATEN, his wife NEFERTITI and his son King TUT, and centers on how AKHENATEN challenged the almighty power of the priests of Ancient Egypt by imposing a single god over their many gods.

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An Ancient Egyptian Show That’s Low on Bling but High on Beauty

Ancient Egypt is box office gold: Do a show, and people will come. Why? Mummies, Hollywood and Queen Nefertiti certainly contribute to its allure. Also, we tend to identify with Egyptians of thousands of years ago. In art, they look exotic, but not out of reach. They drank beer, collected cats, and wore flip-flops. They yearned to stay young and to live forever, with loved ones nearby and snack food piled high. Who can’t relate to that?

Few institutions have done a better job at illuminating that art than the Metropolitan Museum. And it returns to the subject in “Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom,” an exhibition notably low on King Tut bling and high on complex beauty.

Parts of King Nakhtanebu I's shrine uncovered in Cairo

Blocks of King Nakhtanebu I’s shrine were unearthed during excavation works carried out by an Egyptian-German archaeological mission in the area known in ancient times as Oun city, now Ain Shams
Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty told Ahram Online that the mission also uncovered small limestone blocks of a number of columns and the ceiling of the temple of 30th Dynasty King Nakhtanebu I. The ceiling is decorated with stars.Coos Art Museum shows 'Egyptian Memories'

Coos Art Museum shows 'Egyptian Memories'

Beautiful reproductions of the woven designs found in Tut's clothing will be exhibited in the Oregon debut of Egyptian Memories — weavings by textile artist and art historian Nancy Arthur Hoskins. Previously exhibited at Vanderbilt University, "Egyptian Memories" will be on display at Coos Art Museum from Oct. 9-Dec. 5.

Ancient Egypt and its queen come to life in ‘Cleopatra’

Staging “Cleopatra” gave Ballet Nebraska choreographer Erika Overturff the chance to learn about ancient Egypt — the citizens, the gods, the clothes, the art.
As she researched the famed Egyptian queen, Overturff discovered a beautiful and tragic love story that is rich with history — it has more than enough drama to make a great ballet, she said.

The female 'kings' of ancient Egypt

Cleopatra the Great has become virtually synonymous with the term ‘female pharaoh’. Yet, as Joann Fletcher reveals, Mark Antony’s famous wife was merely the culmination of three millennia of women rulers.

Ancient Egypt footwear exhibition

An exhibition on ancient Egyptian footwear is to open Sunday evening at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir under the title "Stepping Through Time: Footwear in Ancient Egypt".

Picture of the week
Outer coffin of Queen Merytamun (M10C 119). Photograph by Harry Burton, 1929.