At the crossroad of multiple disciplines and identities, Habibitch is building herself an art practice as woke as she is.
Using spaces from the Ballroom Scene to feminist and institutional stages to express her North-African queer decolonial self. Her performances are always intersectional - Decolonize the Dance Floor for example, a danced conference she’s been touring internationally for two years. Dancing her politics and politicising her dance, here is the life motto of your favourite Habibitch.
IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE MEDIA AND CULTURAL AGENCY ONORIENT
Friday, 6 March 2020
SALUT COPAIN !
In Salut Copain Dounia Mahammed uses language as a medium in which to philosophise, dream, draw, hesitate and question on stage. Inspired by the work of Daniil Charms and Paul Auster, among others, she creates a virtuoso solo on identity and difference. Dounia's work is intended to tell us something about mankind and being human, and swings from wonder to despair.
Text, Performance, Direction: Dounia Mahammed / Inspired by: texts by Daniil Charms, Paul Auster, Jozef van de Berg and others Coaching: Tine Van Aerschot This performance is in Flemish with subtitles projected in English Language.
Friday, 6 March 2020
A True Story by Areej Kaoud
Areej Kaoud will be presenting a story telling performance based on a memory around a song celebrating the season of picking dates.
This memory is effectively ongoing as it is based on her family’s love for this fruit and their involvement in the business in Palestine today. Kaoud’s performance is partially singing and stems from her background as a Palestinian who grew up in Sharjah, UAE, and Montreal, Canada. Ya Balah Zaghloul "Dates" song was first sung by Naima El-Masreya (AKA Naima the Egyptian) in 1920s, and was composed by Egyptian composer Sayed Darwish (1892-1923) who was considered as the father
of Egyptian popular music. Areej Kaoud is now based in London and this will be her first performance in the city supported by AWAN Festival and produced by Arts Canteen. Performance in English.
Saturday, 7 March 2020
ANOTHER LOVER’S DISCOURSE
BY RIHAM ISAAC
Riham has tried chasing the perfect romantic relationship that society taught her to expect. But now she finds herself running in the opposite direction. In this brand new work-in-progress, she attempts to find out why:
seeking answers from the philosophers, the singers and the old Egyptian movies where she first learnt about love, hoping they can help her to heal. A personal journey exposing the fantasies, myths and despair of intimate love, this inventive new multimedia work from one of Palestine’s most exciting contemporary artists combines comedy and grotesque, inviting us to shake off what we’ve been told to hope for so we can figure out what we really want.
Riham Isaac is a multi-disciplinary artist working with performance, acting, singing, music, dance, moving image, and installation. She recently co-directed
The Alternativity with Danny Boyle and Banksy, and founded Art Salon, a cultural hub and open platform for artists in Beit-Sahour.
Video Art: Simon Clode.
Music: Faris Ishaq.
Dramaturgical Support: Sarah Woods.
Producers: Amber Massie-Blomfield & Riham Isaac.
Photo Credit: Sameer Qumsiyeh
One of Costumes : Hind Hilal
Produced with funding and support from Arab Women Artists Now - AWAN Festival; the cultural resource within Wijhat ‘destinations’ program and Palestinian National Theater (Alhakawati).
Further supported by Theatre Deli, Stratford Circus, Artsadmin and Battersea Arts Centre.