Saturday 16th July
A contemporary Dance production by El-Funoun Palestinian Dance Troupe & Hawiyya Dance Company
Part of Liverpool Arab Arts Festival
Curfew speaks to a world that is numbed and no longer able to respond to the constant bombardment of news, surveillance and manipulation. It dares to stimulate the development of new reactions and discussions on social activism, bringing awareness of everyday life experience and individual self-reflection, helping us to increase our understanding of and engagement with the world around us.
Premiering in Liverpool, the dance groups will present a unique performance, bringing together Curfew with Love in the Time of Apartheid, a contemporary dance production devised and performed by solo artist and director Sharaf Dar Zaid.
Curfew was devised in 2018 and, after two sell-out shows at Rich Mix in London and one night in ramallah, it was due to travel to Liverpool in 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic.
Curfew was devised in 2018 and, after two sellout shows at Rich Mix in London and one night in ramallah, it was due to travel to Liverpool in 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic.
The dance performance’s omnipresent themes of time – past and present – information, introspection, frustration and rebellion, lead us to face existential questions, whilst living and understanding concepts of opportunity, privilege, responsibility and duty. To challenge helplessness and to facilitate action to change, to become better world citizens, we have a duty and responsibility to channel important messages to the wider world.
The production does not give an answer, rather it questions the public and encourages us (the audience) to find our own answers by expiring and reflecting on our positions and our actions towards oppression, injustice and complexity.
About Love in the Time of Apartheid:
Love in the Time of Apartheid premieres at Liverpool Arab Arts Festival and presents the start of internal conflict of an individual torn between the love for his homeland and the love for his partner. Through a rollercoaster of insomnia, stress, torment, and defiance, the dancer draws on his own personal story to represent that of thousands of Palestinians who struggle for family reunification.
This will be one of two UK performances sponsored by the Arts Council, British Council, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival and Interpal.
Produced by: El-Funoun Palestinian Dance Troupe & Hawiyya Dance Company
Artistic Director: Sharaf DarZaid
Producer: Jamila Boughelaf
Dancers: Serena Spadoni, Jamila Boughelaf, Farah Haddad, Sylvia Ferreira, Mohammed Altayeh, Loor Ghadir, Mohammed Safadi, Sharaf DarZaid
Music Composers: Popular Art Centre, Joseph Karam, Nai Barghouti, Hussein Zahawy, Didier Malherbe
Photography and website: José Farinha
Videography: ASH Pro Production
Love in the time of Apartheid:
“Love in the Time of Apartheid”
Dancer and Choreographer: Sharaf DarZaid
Music composition: Jacob Hammodeh, Ehab Haniyah
Percussions: Maen El Ghoul
Nay: Mohammad Khamayseh
Special thanks to El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe, Popular Art Centre, Ramallah Municipality
Photography and Videography: ASH Pro Production