...a dance drama of Ancient Egypt
Egypta : Myth, Magic, and Mystery is a dance drama depicting the history of Ancient Egypt. Conceived and choreographed by Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray, the concert work grew from a suite of dances she created in 1995 for a German ensemble. The concept continued to evolve and development when she set the pieces on her own ensemble, the Silk Road Dance Company.
In 2003, Gray was awarded a grant from the Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project to create new works for Egypta, creating an evening length dance concert. The new version of Egypta premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on September 14 and 15, 2003.
THE WASHINGTON POST: 'Ancient Egypt came alive Saturday night at Dance Place with the Silk Road Dance Company performing Laurel Victoria Gray's evening-length 'Egypta: Myth, Magic, and Mystery'
....A deep voice coming from a smoking netherworld narrated the historical dance-drama replete with striking and sumptuous images....The evening was a visual treat of whirling,glittery costumes, fluid movement narrative,rich, exotic music and a dance troupe that was clearly having fun.'