Never give up, never despair…


When I watched this video, it reminded me of how important it is not to give up, to persevere and to fight back, even when our opponent is greater than our biggest fears. And when we fail and we face loss and defeat, there is always hope for help and support, from a guardian angel, a mother, a friend, or just a good Samaritan. Never give up, never despair…

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Scheherazade: Scent, Illusion and Burial عطر وهم ودفن شهرزاد – ليلى كوركيس


‘Scheherazade: Scent, Illusion and Burial’ is an artistic collaboration between University of Iowa Department of Dance Professor Alan Sener, the Lebanese-born/Canadian writer Leila Gorguis, and New York City choreographer/performer Columbine Macher. It is the second UITV produced program conceived by Sener – the first was entitled The Lyre of Ur – in which the poetic spoken arabic words of Gorguis inspire the making of original dance for the camera.
Sener is pleased to be working with video producer Ben Hill and his crew of student film makers to realize another program of poetry and dance, this time featuring colorful movement interpretations by Macher that illuminate three Gorguis poems regarding the character of Scheherazade, the famous storyteller of the Arabian epic ‘The Thousand and One Nights’.

A beautiful and eloquent expression of love, sorrow and sensuality by Leila Gorguis. She spoke my mind when she said: “الحب يرفض الصفات، في حرفيه الكمال”