Malek Andary & Ata Khatab / Yazan Ewidat & Hamza Damra

The Rooster / Running Away

Theaterzaal - Dance

Performance details

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One-time unique double-bill

During 'The Palestinian Connection', we will present a unique double-bill with two short but catchy dance performances.

The Rooster

In 'The Rooster', five male dancers fight over control of the ‘masbaha’ - the bead-string denoting the leader of the traditional Arabic ‘dabke’ dance. They struggle, win, lose, and abuse their power. El-Funoun choreographer Ata Khatab, 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. 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.

El-Funoun was founded in 1979 and has always striven to express the spirit of Arab-Palestinian folklore and contemporary culture through unique combinations of traditional and contemporary dance and music. El-Funoun is widely recognised for its pre-eminent role in reviving and reinvigorating Palestinian dance and music folklore, not only through its productions, but also by initiating Palestinian Folklore Day in 1986 which is now celebrated all over Palestine.

Running Away

In 'Running Away', Palestinian performer Yazan Ewidat contests the prevailing image of Palestinians as fighters, as soldiers. According to Ewidat, Palestinians can also be losers: they give up, they do not always love their country, and they want to move towards a new future. But why do people leave Palestine? Yazan Ewidat, seen at Vooruit in 'Badke' (2014), created a highly personal solo.



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Additional information

do 22.02 - 20:00 Theaterzaal
€14 / 12 / 10 / 8

Under Construction is een initiatief van de Vlaamse Regering en de Missie van Palestina in Europa, België en Luxemburg. Daarnaast wordt het festival ondersteund door de Stad Gent en door 11.11.11


 ‘Running Away’ - choreografie / choreography: Yazan Iwidat - dans / dance: Hamza Damra - fotografie & podium / photography & stage: Pierre De Deken - muziek / music: Yuma / SMEK & Yazan Iwidat / ERR404
‘The Rooster’ - productie / production: El-Funoun Palestinian dance troupe, SHAMS Association & Marhabtain Organization - dans / dance: Ata Khatab, Mohammad Khwiera, Majdi Karakra, Samer Karajeh & Khaled El-saber