MONTREAL, Aug. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - A team from Quebec will be leaving for
Cairo in the next few days to produce a unique show on September 7th in front
of the pyramids on the Giza plateau. The Egyptian government has granted
permission for Chantal Chamandy, Beladi, A Night at the Pyramids, featuring
the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, to be presented before an audience of several
thousand people. Chantal Chamandy one of only a handful of artists, which
includes Sting, Shakira, Julio Eglesias and Egyptian stars Fairouz and
Magda al-Roumy, to have access to this majestic site for a live performance.
Montreal singer-songwriter Chantal Chamandy, who is of Egyptian origin,
will be performing at this site, accompanied by the Cairo Symphony and her own
musicians. She will also be joined by her dancers, along with an Egyptian
dance troupe including Ahmed Nabil, principal dancer with the Cairo Opera
House Ballet Company. The show will be distributed to all the stations of the
PBS (Public Broadcast System) network in the United States. It will be
officially presented to international broadcasters at the MIPCOM (Marché
international du film et de la Télévision in Cannes) in October. Discussions
with broadcasters in Canada and Quebec are currently underway as well.
Returning to her roots
Chantal Chamandy, who was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and raised in
Montreal, saw the possibility of realizing her dream of singing in her
homeland before one of the great wonders of the world. "It's a unique
opportunity for me: that's why I had to work with the world's top producers of
this type of performance. I'm very proud to showcase the talents and skills of
Quebec performers and artistic and technical experts who have worked on
world-class productions. This show will be a magical moment in my life," said
The project's origins date back more than a year when Ninemuse
Entertainment's production team sought authorization from the Egyptian
government to use this exceptional site.
A world-class team
Award-winning French director Gérard Pullicino, who has produced and
directed shows by such megastars as Celine Dion, Madonna, Johnny Hallyday and
Joe Cocker, will direct the concert. "This is an exciting project for me since
it turns this remarkable archeological site, the last wonder of the ancient
world, into my playground. I'm also delighted to discover a new artist.
Chantal is very human, and the concept she has come up with for the show is an
outstanding opportunity for viewers to see Egypt and its wonders through her
eyes, in a modern staging. She is returning to the country of her birth, and
it is this magic and emotion I will attempt to capture in the show," said
A large team of Quebec artistic and technical experts will be taking part
in this production, including set designer Guy St-Amour, who worked on Cirque
du Soleil's LOVE and on the production of Tohu. Choreographer
Geneviève Dorion-Coupal will serve as the show's co-artistic director, along
with Chantal Chamandy. Her previous projects include Cirque du Soleil's LOVE,
Génération Motown and Celine Dion's show Unison. Lighting designer
Matthieu Larrivée (Simple Plan, Diana Krall, Alanis Morissette) will bring out
all the natural beauty of the pyramids and the Sphinx.
The concert to be distributed to the PBS network
Chantal Chamandy's concert will be distributed to all of the stations of
the PBS network. The show will be available to begin airing in March 2008.
Television viewers will be able to enjoy the performance, which will also
include cultural, historical and tourist elements, with commentary by the
singer-songwriter. "It is fantastic that this production can be captured and
eventually seen by hundreds of thousands of people in North America. I am
happy that this event and tv show will enable me to perform before the
Egyptian audience, but I also want it to serve as a window into the cultural
richness of my ancestral country. From an artistic point of view, it is
extraordinary to produce a concert that will be distributed on such a large
scale," added Mrs. Chamandy.
A unique stage design for a unique location
The stage will be set up in front of The Great Pyramid of Giza and the
Sphinx, and its dimensions will measure up to grandeur of the site. It was
created by Guy St-Amour, who has won a number of awards for his stage designs.
His unique multi-level design includes a stage for some forty musicians from
the Cairo Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Chamandy's band will be on a second stage,
and a huge central stage will accommodate dozens of dancers from Quebec and
Cairo, who will perform numbers especially choreographed for her songs. Multi
angle cameras will tape the live show from many angles, to highlight the
performances and the unique archeological setting in which the show is being
presented. The concert will be taped in five languages: English, French,
Arabic, Spanish and Italian.
About Chantal Chamandy
With the release of her album Love Needs You in spring 2007, Chantal
Chamandy shot into the top 100, based on Soundscan's figures for album sales
in Canada. This past February, her single Feels Like Love climbed the charts
only three weeks after its release, reaching 25th spot in the BDS top 50 and
10th spot in the top 25 for the adult contemporary category. The single was
certified platinum by the CRIA (Canadian Recording Industry Association) in
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