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El-Funoun Dance Troupe Palestine Double-Bill

Corp_Real | Galway Dance Days

Sunday, 20 August 2017 from 18:00 to 19:30 (IST)

El-Funoun Dance Troupe Palestine Double-Bill

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Corp_Real | Galway Dance Days presents

 El-Funoun Dance Troupe, Palestine  - Double-Bill - THE ROOSTER / PARTIAL MEMORY

THE ROOSTER - Who rules the roost?  In Dabke, the traditional dance of the Levant, whoever holds the Masbaha string, is the Lawweeh, or leader, and calls the dance. Palestinian choreographer Ata Khateb, and Lebanese Malek Andary, use the forms of their shared dance tradition to create a highly physical and dramatic exploration of male chauvinism and dictatorship in The Rooster. Five dancers fight over control of the Masbaha - winning, losing, and abusing power. Based on the poem of the same name by the Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani, The Rooster reveals the corrosive impact of power, on those who have it, and on those who don’t.

PARTIAL MEMORY is a memoir of childhood in occupied Palestine. In movement, words, and family photos, Ata Khattab reveals the memories of a child seeing his father frequently imprisoned. It is a haunting and sensitive reflection of childhood, manhood, and love.

★★★★★ The Skinny, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016
 “A superb double bill from El-Funoun Palestinian Dance Troupe. The Rooster is sexy, humorous, energetic, and totally masculine. Inspired by the forms of the 'dabke' folk dance, the piece explores the personal and group dynamics of power: how it can be abused, worshipped, won and lost. Emotionally profound, thought-provoking, disturbing and haunting, Partial Memory is a moving evocation of the universal experience of regret for a past that is lost forever; but with an intense and disturbing political twist. Highly recommended.”  

 ★★★★ The Scotsman, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016
“As the name suggests, Partial Memory is just that – a fragment of one man’s life, a childhood remembered through a series of old photographs depicting family members, the fate of whom we can only guess at. Clever projection and an emotive score conspire to moisten the eyes during this short but powerful work.

Inspired by a poem of the same name, El-Funoun’s The Rooster touches us in a very different way. An exploration of male power and dictatorship, five dancers fight over a “masbaha” – a long thread which signifies who is in charge. Those who have it are transformed from meek compliance into a brutal, almost sadistic state. Those who don’t are occasionally able to find joy in movement. Coupled with Partial Memory, it’s a double-bill to remember.”

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The Cube
Áras na Mac Léinn, Bailey Allen Building
National University of Galway
Ireland Galway

Sunday, 20 August 2017 from 18:00 to 19:30 (IST)

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Corp_Real | Galway Dance Days

Corp_Real | Galway Dance Days is directed by Dr Ríonach Ní Néill, Galway Dance Artist in Residence since 2010.

The residency is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, Galway County Council and Galway City Council. Residency partners are the Town Hall Theatre, Ealaín na Gaeltachta, Galway Arts Centre, 126 Artist-Run Gallery, & National University of Ireland Galway, affiliated with the Ómós Áite: Space/Place Research Network, Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway.

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