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Flyer for Badia Masabni's &
Beba Ezz El-Din's New Dance Troupe


Translated By Priscilla Adum


This vintage flyer advertises Badia Masabni and Beba Ezz El Din's newly formed dance company. The flyer promotes dancer Hoda Shams El Din as a secondary act. Interestingly, it states quite clearly that the artists (i.e. dancers, singers, actors, etc.) are forbidden to sit or mingle with the patrons, to drink with them, or even to open bottles for them. The flyer doesn't have a date on it, but it seems to be from around mid- to late 1940's. The English translation appears next to it.




Click on the image to see the flyer in more detail.

At the very top in the circle on the right: "Tomorrow at 9:30 p.m."

In the black rectangle at the top: "Grand Debut of Badia and Beba's Troupe. At the theater of Casino Badia in Opera [Square] Telephone 49356

Caption under the tall right side picture: "Badia Masabni With Her Wonderful Art"

Under the tall left side picture: "Beba Ezz El Din with her Magical Beauty"

Captions under the small square pictures:

  • Top row on the left: "Cinema Star Soad Mekawy"
  • Small square picture of the man next to her: "The Romantic Singer Karem Mahmoud"
  • Small square picture bottom left: "The Beautiful Dancer Hoda Shams El Din"
  • Small square picture bottom right: "The Master of Comedians Mohamed El Genady"

In the white rectangle on the right:

  • "The Show, Ghezlan El Sahara, written and performed by the singer Mohamed Suleiman with his co-star, comedian Soad Mekawy"
  • "From Window To Balcony Dance lyrics by Ustaz Mohamed Ismael and composed by Ustaz Ali Farag."
  • "Coming soon and for the first time in Egyptian theaters... The Arabic singer and movie Star, Kharaman"
  • "The singer Ensaf Mounir Ahmed, The Medeni Trio"


In the black circle at the bottom:

  • "The Director of this program is Ustaz Ahmed Abdel Halim"
  • "Sundays and Fridays, Matinee beggining at 6:30 p.m."
  • "The Management has decided to no longer permit the sitting of the artists with the public in the sala and to absolutely not permit the opening" [of bottles of liquor with the artists]
  • "You can eat the most delicious food at the Casino Opera Restaurant. The Manager [of the restaurant] is Mahfouz Azouz El 3ashi."



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About the Translator

Priscilla is a dancer of Lebanese heritage who enjoys researching the Golden Era of Egyptian dance. She owns a collection of more than one hundred classic black and white Egyptian films which is continually expanding.

Priscilla has also gathered a large library of dance related articles and clippings from Middle Eastern magazines and newspapers, many of which she has translated from the original Arabic to both English and Spanish.

Priscilla currently resides in Central America where she is a dance instructor. 




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