After the stunning success of Caracalla’s spectacular musical Kan Ya Ma Kan at the Royal Opera House in 2013, the Company returns with a brand new production, Sailing though Time. Caracalla is an internationally acclaimed dance company that has created a new language in dance by merging Western and Oriental techniques. The Company’s international debut was at the Festival of Osaka in Japan in 1972. Since then, Caracalla has traveled extensively in North America and Europe as well as the Middle and Near East and Asia. Recognised today as the leading dance company in the Middle East, the Company was founded in 1970 by Abdel Halim Caracalla who continues to be Artistic Director of the Company. Caracalla currently supports a school for dance theatre with 1,200 students and tours with spectacular productions featuring up to 100 dancers.
Abdel Halim Caracalla, the enterprising founder of the Caracalla Dance Theatre grew up in the 1940’s and 1950’s in the historic city of Baalbeck, Lebanon, which, in Greek and Roman times, was Heliopolis, the City of the Sun. As a child, Abdel Halim was entranced by the dance performances he managed to watch during the annual International Arts Festival held in the Roman ruins overlooking Baalbek. Slipping away from home, he would climb the rocks for a bird’s eye view. One day he saw a magnificent dancer in the Royal Ballet leap high in the air while spinning. This gave the young child a dream to pursue. The problem was that Abdel Halim’s parents were insistent that he choose medicine for his career. A great believer in the power of fate and the need to follow the dictates of talent, Caracalla defied his parents and went to London in the 1960s to study with the famous American dancer and choreographer, Martha Graham. Abdel Halim Caracalla is passionate about celebrating the historic greatness of Arab culture and bringing its heroes and their legendary feats to life through theatrical music and dance. The Royal Opera House Muscat presents Caracalla’s Sailing through Time in two performances – on Friday the 19 of May at 7.30 pm, and a Matinée on Saturday the 20th May at 4pm. For further information visit www.rohmuscat.org.om