Born in Lebanon
in the town of Ras Baalbeck, Tufic Nabak has performed in the art scene since
1983. He began dancing at the age of ten in his country and has participated in
various groups of Arab folk dances, in which he had great renowned
professionals as teachers.
He settled in
Brazil in 1990 and has become a reference in studies of Arabic dance in the
country, keeping the roots of Arabic folklore from his home. He is dedicated to
the study of its culture and has been leaving his mark in the world of Arabic Art
through drama, dance and percussion.
In 1998, Tufic
started his career in Brazil in the film ''Lavoura Arcaica”, directed by Luiz
Fernando Carvalho, as a supporting actor as well as a language and Arab culture
consultant. He also had the chance to dance the Dabke, an Arab tradition that became
his specialty. In addition, as an actor he has had several roles in short films
and has been in magazine editorials,
newspaper articles and television, including the famous Rede Globo soap opera ''O
international professional dancer had developed a long journey of study and research
in Arabic oriental dance and performing arts before founding the group Nabak.
Their Cultural Office is located in the Syrian and Lebanese Club of Juiz de
Fora. Since then, Tufic has taken part in several large traditional events throughout
Brazil and has been part of jury committees among the greatest renowned artists
of his country’s dance.
With a Bachelor
of Tourism he founded the Arabic Cultural Centre Nabak, ''The Cradle of Arabic
Dances in Juiz de Fora” recovering some of the traditions and customs of his
land and representing a significant and traditional community in the city. In
addition to producing and organizing events for the Arab culture he teaches
Arabic language, gives lectures, workshops and reviews of dancers and
professional folk dance courses at the Cultural Center and throughout Brazil.
of dedication, Tufic has won several honors and awards and has performed for illustrious
audiences, which ambassadors, consuls, among other personalities attended.
conducts tours in Lebanon and Syria while researching, aiming to improve his
studies and always bringing more news to the West.
As a result of
his work, he was invited to participate in “Programa do Jô”, the most famous
and respected talk show in Brazil. In addition to being interviewed by Jô
Soares, the dancer performed Arabic folk dances after the interview.
In 2011, the
Group Nabak obtained the recognition of the outreach work and preservation of
Lebanese culture in Brazil from the Lebanon General Consulate in Rio de Janeiro.
They were proud of such recognition which was another milestone in the Nabak
Group’s ten year career.
In 2012, representing
Brazil, Tufic Nabak was invited by the Lebanese dancer Amani to be among the
Masters invited to ”Amani Eastern Festival” in Beirut, Lebanon. The dancer performed at
the gala show, gave a workshop and was part of the jury's body. In 2013, he
celebrated his fifteen years of work in Brazil launching his book “Unforgettable
Lebanon - A Journey in Lebanese Culture”.
In 2014, Tufic
was invited by Rede Globo to be the instructor on the Arabic dance on the miniseries
''Dois Irmãos”, where he taught Dabke classes to the actors and also
participated in the dance scenes. In 2015, the dancer showed his knowledge on
the same TV channel to talk about the Arab culture in the program ''Encontro”,hosted by Fátima Bernardes, and was on the
cover of the São Paulo magazine “Oriente Encanto e Magia”.
International Professional Dancer
Specialized in the
Arabic Folklore in Lebanon
director of the Syrian and Lebanese Club in Juiz de Fora
Director of Nabak - the Arabic Cultural Centre
Professional with the Middle East 5 Stars Excellence
translator of Arabic Language
Arabic Culture Consultant
Cultural Event Planner
Researcher in Drama
of his work is to strive to make the dream of reliving a part of Arabic culture
come true, since neither time nor distance were able to erase from his memory
the customs and traditions of his home. ”
Arabic Culture in the West”
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