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Ad for Show in Asyut (Assuit), Egypt by the Rushdie Sisters
August 22, Year Unknown

 

 

By Priscilla Adum

 

 

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Introduction

Ratiba and Ensaf Rushdie were two sisters who ran a very popular club in the town of Asyut, Egypt. These multi-talented entertainers sang, danced, and acted. They were very famous, along with their youngest sister Fatma Rushdie. Fatma was not only a stage and film actress, but also one of the pioneers of Egyptian film production.

Ensaf and Ratiba started their careers with Sayed Darwish, then worked with the el Rehani Theater group, and later with the Ali Kassar Theater group. These were all prestigious theater groups at the time.

The sisters opened their first club in 1929 in Cairo, and then in 1935 opened their famous club on Alfi Bek street called Casino Ratiba Rushdie. Many of the same dancers that performed at Badia Masabni's club also danced at Casino Ratiba Rushdi, including Taheya Carioca and Zozo Lebeb.

Rushdie Sisters

 

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Translation of the Ad

Beginning Tonight and continuing on the following days

until August 22 in Assuit City

In El Khadawia Garden

Delighting Audiences:

The Virtuoso Mohamed Salama

Delighting Audiences with New Monologues and Dialogues

Ratiba and Ensaf Rushdie

The Greatest Actor El Qal3awi

The Female Impersonator Mahmoud 3akl

Beautiful Raqs Sharqi by Jeannette, Samira, Mary, Soad, Aziza, Badia, Naima, Zeinab, Fardous

Orchestra conducted by El Oustaz Mohamed El Dibs

Band** conducted by El Oustaz Farid el Sunbati

Caption under the photo:
Mesdames Ratiba and Ensaf Rushdie

 

**TRANSLATOR'S NOTE: The Arabic word that was translated here as "band" is "takht". A takht was a small 4- or 5-member group that played Arabic music. In contrast, an orchestra was a larger ensemble with many more instruments.

Rushdi Sisters Ad

 

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About the Translator

Priscilla is a dancer of Lebanese heritage who enjoys researching the Golden Era of Egyptian dance. She owns a collection of more than one hundred classic black and white Egyptian films which is continually expanding.

Priscilla has also gathered a large library of dance related articles and clippings from Middle Eastern magazines and newspapers, many of which she has translated from the original Arabic to both English and Spanish.

Priscilla currently resides in Central America where she is a dance instructor. 

Priscilla

 

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