They say dance is the joy of movement and the heart of life. Indeed, dancing is older than time; it originated in the realm of temples; where worshipers used to move in a special and personal manner, expressing “themselves” and also communicating with “their self”.
Wayn Dyer, the famous spiritual author, says: “When you dance, your goal is not to get somewhere on the dancefloor, but to enjoy every step”, and so is how one should live his life
In "Moments of Bliss", dance is the theme through which Ayman El Saadawi expresses the concept of joy, presenting dance as a human state in which the young and the old get together. He presents various dances, practiced by various characters ranging from a young girl to a professional oriental dancer that reminds us of Samia Gamal’s charming beauty and elegant moves. However, stars and divas are not the only ones who love to dance. Fuller women also have a chance to capture moments of joy. In a way, dancing turns into an act of love for moments of bliss, of self-love and mostly of gratitude to our bodies able to dance even in the most challenging times. In fact, Saadawi’s women are not the only protagonists; men as well are present in the artist’s work as they figure in traditional Egyptian music and dance such as the "Stick Dance".
In his current exhibition, El Saadawi is holding on to joy and blissful moments, expressing the elation that one would read in movements of the hand, in eyes staring at the sky, in a tilt of the head and also in chanting and ululation. What is portrayed in his body of work is not only immediate joy but also anticipated pleasure such as in "The Cup Reader".
We cannot but fall for El Saadawi’s characters, not only because they capture moments of joy or because they are full of life but also because they create a heartwarming feeling that reminds us of the Egyptian traits that we encounter in our everyday life. El Saadawi draws on scenes impregnated in his memory, starting from his birthplace by the Red Sea and his long stay in Fayoum, which he portrays through typical physical features and traditional clothing.
Ayman El Saadawi’s works reflect a flow that releases the energies of the body and liberate it to feel as if all the characters are dancing on subtle tones to attract life, energy and joy – or simply “Moments of Bliss”, transmitting this feeling to the viewer.