~The Portals Of Eternity~

Some photos from our 2021 live performance  The Portals Of Eternity

Based on ancient Egyptian mythology, this is a story about the importance of resurrection and rebirth, the acceptance of fate and destiny, the battle between the heart and soul, the will and the ego. It is natural for beings to the ignore reality of death, but the cycle of life, death and rebirth must be maintained at all costs. According to the Egyptian Book Of The Dead all beings must pass through the Portals Of Eternity so as to be born anew in the Netherworld. 

Performance was at the National Opera Center on Oct. 27th, 2021 funded by a NY City Artists Corp Grant

Photos, Ren Garzcynski

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Deborah Karpel reciting the ancient Egyptian love poem

'On The Far Shore Of the Nile'

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Thank you Ismail for organizing such a marvelous, inspiring event.  Your love for the arts and history brought us all together, and I felt the power of your ideas.  It was an honor to be part of this.  Thank you to the amazing artists who brought great energy and love to this project.  You all impacted me profoundly-really.  Everyone made the night magical and I just wanted to thank all of you. God bless you all. Love, Cheryl

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Percussionist Casey Bond accompanies Ismail playing the lyre

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Sybilla Bakzaza-Dodds as the goddess Nebhet Het
Fatima Rosario Gutierrez as her retainer Wosret 

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Presenting the forces of the Netherworld

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Shieri Yamafuji as the sky goddess Nuut

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Cosmic battle, destiny made manifest!

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Cheryl Gal-Zur as the dying Imentet

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The shock and disbelief of defeat

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Terrible sword of Nepthys

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The Resurrection

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Dorit Elena & Lizza Hasan
In the roles of Nuut's attendants, Maat & Anukis