Fabrica is an artistic, strategic, and discursive project for Music Theatre in Egypt. Fabrica offers training programs, dramaturgical support, co-production facilities, archival work and outreach programs. Fabrica also works on curating cultural manifestations with partner institutions, organizing workshops, discussions, lectures, screenings, performances, and research projects. Fabrica is engaged in the current standpoint of performing arts in Egypt, working on sustaining and disseminating these processes and products, locally and internationally through a myriad of representation formats and communication interfaces
Egypt hosted the first Opera House in Africa and the Arab Speaking World (established in 1869), and hosted many theatres that produced a very strong performances repertoire, with original works touring internationally at the turn of the 20th Century. The first Classical Ballet School and Company, the first Folkloric Dance Troupe and School, the first Symphonic Orchestra, the first Opera Company, the first Contemporary Dance Festival, Contemporary Dance School and Company in the Arab Speaking World, started all in Egypt.
Currently, the tide of conservatism coupled with commercial pop music means that fewer are turning to non-mainstream music and dance traditions. A strong body of performance heritage is falling into oblivion. In addition, deteriorating quality of training and teaching means that graduates of performing arts faculties, even though certified, are for the most part disturbingly under-trained and unqualified. Meanwhile, truly talented youth, because of lack of structures of support and sustainability, may not find space for their unique creative abilities.
The project aims at developing the contemporary performing arts scene and cultural production, focusing in its first phases on music theater, in Egypt, both Egyptian and western, through the main strategies below. The project is lead by its board members, and supported by its board of trustees. The project operates in Cairo, through collaborative networking with several national institutions and venues. The project also draws relations with international institutions/individuals working with similar interests and strategies, to further develop and sustain the contemporary performing arts scene in Egypt, provoke relations of collaboration and increase the space for dissemination and exchange of these practices, processes and meta-practice.