October 19, 2020
Karima Mansour Receives the title of “Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” for her significant contributions to the art scene in Egypt. The title is given to Karima in a ceremony at the French Embassy in Cairo.
In a celebration held at the French Embassy in Cairo, Egyptian artist and choreographer Karima Mansour will receive the title of “Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres”.
French Ambassador to Cairo, H.E. Marc Baréty, will present the medal to Karima Mansour in recognition of her important role in enriching the contemporary art scene in Egypt, in addition to her significant contributions to the promotion of arts and literature in France.
Karima Mansour is a dancer, choreographer, actor, and singer. She is founder and executive director of Cairo Contemporary Dance Center (CCDC), and MAAT Troupe for Contemporary Dance, the first independent dance dance group in Egypt; both operating under MAAT Company for Contemporary Art, founded by Karima in 2019.
She graduated with both a B.A and a Masters degree in Contemporary Dance from the London Contemporary Dance School, London, England after having completed her B.A in Film from the High Institute of Cinema, Academy of Arts in Cairo, Egypt.
Karima Mansour has been a teacher for the Cairo Opera Dance Theatre Company since 98, an Assistant Professor at the Ballet Institute, Academy of Arts 1999 to 2000.
She lectured as an assistant dance instructor in the Department of Performance and Visual Arts at the American University in Cairo (2010). Karima continues to work as free-lance teacher in Egypt and abroad, while creating and developing her own choreographic work and language.
Upon her return to Egypt she founded her company MAAT for Contemporary Dance in 1999. Since then she has created more than 30 full choreographic works that continue to be performed in various international festivals.
Founded in 2012 by Egyptian choreographer, dancer and teacher Karima Mansour, CCDC, recognized by the UNESCO International Dance Council.
CCDC is an independent space for Contemporary Dance in Egypt hosting the first full-time Contemporary Dance school in Africa and the Arab world. In addition to the 3-year full-time professional training program, CCDC offers artistic residencies, open classes, courses, and workshops in various dance and movement disciplines. It also organizes or participates in public performances and festivals.
In 2019, the International Theater Institute ITI selected the outstanding Egyptian choreographer Karima Mansour to write a message for the International Dance Day.
In the same year she was also selected by Egyptian Streets as “One of the Top 15 Inspirational Egyptians for Arts and Culture.
In addition to her dance career, Karima played roles in a number of movies and TV series.