• Community Education Center (map)
  • 3500 Lancaster Avenue
  • Philadelphia, PA, 19104
  • United States

WOMEN U.S. tour, July 2017
Evening length work created in collaboration with Diyar Dance Theater and Nicole Bindler

Philadelphia Workshop and Performance
July 10th, 9am-12noon // Workshop at Al Bustan summer camp, Philadelphia, PA.
July 11th, 6-8pm // Workshop at the Community Education Center, Philadelphia, PA.
July 15th, 8pm // Performance at the Community Education Center, Philadelphia, PA. TICKETS.

July 16th, 6pm // Performance at the Motor House, Baltimore, MD.
July 21st, 3:30pm // Performance at the Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL.
July 23rd, 12:30pm // Workshop and 3:00pm Performance at the Indian Boundary Park Cultural Center, Chicago, IL.
July 25th // Workshop in New York City. Details tba.

WOMEN, performed by Dima Awad, Ghadeer Odeh, and Christy Daboub of Diyar Dance Theater and choreographed in collaboration with Nicole Bindler, is a hybrid dabke/contemporary dance that explores the parallels between the conquest of Palestinian land and Palestinian women's bodies. The dancers create a map of Palestine with stones on the stage and on the geography of their bodies. They perform quotidian tasks, such as braiding hair to the sounds of war outside their window. They dance to the music and the sounds of the streets in their hometown, Bethlehem. This piece is an ode to the women of Palestine told by three women who grieve the loss of their land and the sea they cannot visit. This piece is also a celebration of their vitality, resiliency and intelligence that resides not just in their minds, but in their skin, muscles and bones. Here is a piece of writing about the project for thINKingDANCE: http://thinkingdance.net/articles/2015/10/09/Women

Diyar Dance Theatre was created by a group of talented, enthusiastic and committed artists, both male and female, of differing ages and backgrounds. Diyar brings to life Palestine’s rich history and culture through dance, movement and theatre. These practices are important outlets for creative cultural resistance against oppression. Diyar is a place where young adults can celebrate their Palestinian heritage through traditional folk dance, contemporary dance, movement and theatre in a space where creativity, imagination and freedom of expression are celebrated as critical components of cultural and social development.

Diyar's mission is to strengthen communities by rebuilding the individual’s intrinsic sense of dignity, self-worth and self-expression. This is achieved by using dance as a creative outlet and positive tension release. More than that, dance is the key which opens the door for discussion and growth in the shared values of diversity, inclusion and gender equality.

Please Support Diyar's 2017 tour of WOMEN: https://www.youcaring.com/diyar-dance-theater-490041