Prof. Dr. Hassan Khalil (Egypt)
Hassan is professor and head of the department of acting and directing at the Academy of Theatrical Arts in Cairo. He has held the same position since 1981 in Kuwait as well. He is not only a specialist in Egyptian folklore, but is also well-known in the field of folklore of the Gulf. He was the first person to conduct studies on the folklore dances of Egypt such as Nubian folklore, Hagallah, folklore from Port Said and many more. He has also been working in the field of theatre. He has been several times a director for theatre, musicals, operettas and operas. He has until now directed more than 72 plays and over 40 operettas in Egypt.

Hassan was professor at the Academy for Ballet in Cairo, where he taught ballet direction and national dances. He was also a consultant for theatre at the Ministry of Information in Kuwait. He was furthermore the general director of the Um Kalzoum theatre in Cairo, general supervisor for folklore in the Ministry of Culture, and member of the High Council for Science and Art in Cairo. In 1967, Prof. Khalil was awarded a first-class decoration for Science and Art by the Republic of Egypt.
He has several times organised the celebrations for national holidays on request by several Arabian countries. These festivals were organised in huge theatres or sports stadiums with more than 1000 actors on stage. For this work, Prof. Khalil has received several honours from the kings and presidents of these countries.
Hassan has experienced first-hand the time of the great Egyptian dancers. He lived in the neighbourhood of some of these great artistes of oriental dance such as Nahima Akef, Samia Gamal and Thahia Karioka, he worked with them like he worked with Nagua Fuad and Suheir Saki and many other famous dancers

Dietlinde Karkutli invited him in 1986 to come to Germany to teach oriental dance. Since this time he regularly comes to Europe during semester vacations to teach and to spread his love of oriental dance to women dancers from all over the world. He combines an immense knowledge of fundamental theory and experience of many years, and is furthermore a very light-hearted teacher.
He is constantly on the lookout for further developments in oriental dance. He feels a great need to create and develop new ideas. He has currently created over 120 wonderful choreographies for oriental dance.s.

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