Nougoum el sharq

Basics • Style • Origin

Nougoum el sharq - "Stars of the Orient" is a group of four women who are not only united by their love for oriental dance but also by a long-standing friendship. The four women are happy to welcome new participants. 


Since 2011, the four women dance together the oriental belly dance as the group "Nougoum el sharq". The arabic name of the group means "stars of the orient". They have been bringing the Orient into the Kultur Palast Foundation since 2017 and can also be seen at oriental dance festivals, private parties and district festivals. Fascinating about oriental dance is the building of self-esteem, Doreen Barwig, the group's director, says.The four women are coming from all over the world, the passion for the oriental dance unites them.  


"Nougoum el sharq" dance the oriental dance from Egypt. "The veil supports the dance and assumes of a dancing partner", Doreen describes the feeling when dancing with the widely used requisite. They use cymbals, small instruments that are creating the rhythm. Traditionally sticks and cloths are used but in modern times new accessories were added and create further possibilities of expression. The Isis-wings, named after the wife of the Egyptian god Osiris, fan veils and Pois, a veil attached to a ball, make oriental dance especially diverse. 
The different background of the four women of "Nougoum el sharq" makes the dance so special. Furthermore, the main focus is on the femininity of the dance and the training of the dance itself-, says "Nougoum el sharq" member Ivonna, - it is all about controlling the body in the belly dance movements. That makes you fit and agile.


Oriental dance, which originated in Egypt, by mistake is often equated with the colloquial belly dance, which does not express all facets of the movements. The attribution of oriental dance as a "female dance" is also inaccurate: both in the past and today it is danced by men as well. In Egypt, dance has played an important role from the very beginning. Numerous wall paintings from the ancient Egypt give testimony to its importance for religious and secular festivities. Due to the lack of historical sources, knowledge about the origin, development and purpose of oriental dance is still unclear. However, the traditional dance has been influenced and extended by modern dance styles and modern accessories. 

Photos: Felix Zimmermann
Video: Sebastian Vogt

Leading the group

Leading the group: Doreen Barwig

Contact via Kultur Palast Hamburg
Tel. 040-822 45 68 0

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