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Friday, February 24 at 3 PM – 4 PM UTC+03
Qatar National Convention Centre
Education City, PO Box 34195 Doha, Qatar
Family Concert: Alima, a girl of the desert
New Music of MAias Alyamani on a Libretto of Svetlana Schmitz
Friday, February 24, 2017, 3:00 and 5:00 pm
Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) Auditorium 3
ACTory: Tamara Schäfer and Svetlana Schmitz, human shadow theatre
Christoph Schmitz, narrator
MAias Alyamani: Alima
a girl of the desert
Alima is an artistic project directed by Svetlana Schmitz and MAias Alyamani. The music, composed by MAias Alyamani, will be performed by MAias and other musicians of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. Svetlana Schmitz wrote the story. Together with Tamara Schaefer they are responsible for the drama. The performance will be accompanied by Christoph Schmitz as narrator.
The story is about Alima, a girl whose family lives in a village in the desert. Her grandfather teaches her to play the oud, showing Alima how music can tell stories about desert life. Though her parents don’t encourage her, Alima practices a lot.
One day the family moves to a big city. What seems to be an exciting adventure turns into a big challenge for Alima. But with inner strength and her love of the oud she finds her way and connects to her new world.
MAias’ music uses Qatari-oriental melodies to celebrate Qatari identity, interacting with the audience in a playful manner. His music introduces the rich world of Arabic sounds to Young and Old alike.
We, Svetlana Schmitz (kindergarten teacher and drama teacher) and Tamara Schaefer (drama teacher), founded the theatre duo ‘ACTory’ in the year 2014 in Doha. Since then we have enchanted kids as well as adults with a variety of theatre such as shadow theatre or scenic plays.
We’ve been performing at various international venues, from small stages in Germany, over the streets of Tuscany/Italy, to the stages in Qatar as actresses for children’s concerts with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and with Maktaba, the children’s library.
In collaboration with the Philharmonic our latest productions were the shadow shows for “Peter and the Wolf” and “Carnival of the Animals.”
There are no refunds or exchanges. Children 6 years of age and older may attend any concert with ticket purchase. Family concerts accept all ages. Audience members with inappropriately informal attire including shorts or beach wear will not be seated. Out of respect for the musicians and fellow audience members please silence your mobile phones and refrain from flash photography. Seating begins 20 minutes before performances. Latecomers cannot be seated during the concert. The Philharmonic retains the right to expel anyone disturbing other concertgoers. Food and beverages can be consumed in the lobby only. The Philharmonic accepts no personal liability of any sort. Programs and artists are subject to change.