The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC), named for His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said al Said, Sultan of Oman, was established in 2005 to provide educational resources and outreach programs that promote greater public understanding and awareness between our two nations, the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf Region. Building on almost 200 years of relations between the United States and the Sultanate of Oman, the SQCC celebrates the culture, history, and heritage of these regions.
SQCC is a program of the Middle East Institute of Washington, DC.
The centre has commissioned Debbie Allen (perhaps most well known for the dance school movie "Fame!") to develop a show about two young men sharing a room in a Military Academy. Called Oman O Man!, (no copyright acknowledged to Muscati) they take a "magical journey together through music, movement, song, and dance".
Here's Debbie. She's one of the best modern choreographers in the US (and I understand she's visiting Oman this week too).
Sounds like an interesting show. (I can't help but think it's slightly homoerotic, with a theme like that, but that's probably just my twisted imagination.) Catch it in Washington, March 12-15, 2009.
A WORLD PREMIERE KENNEDY CENTER COMMISSION
presented in association with the
SULTAN QABOOS CULTURAL CENTER
Emmy winner and Kennedy Center favorite Debbie Allen is back with OMAN…O Man!, a world premiere Kennedy Center commission presented in association with the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center. Created and choreographed by Allen, this ground-breaking, dance-driven extravaganza explores the culture of Oman. It features young Omani performers collaborating with their peers from Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. to original music composed by Grammy-winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval.
At the center of the work are two young men--one Omani, another American--who meet at a military academy with cadets from all over the world. Though their names--Joseph and Yousef--are similar, these roommates don't really understand each other. However, through music, movement, song, and dance, they take a magical journey together and discover the similarities and the differences between their two cultures, and learn much about each other. OMAN…O Man! will transport you from where the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea meet to where the desert dunes mystify, from the ancient past to the immediate present.