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Curfew – A contemporary Dance Production by Hawiyya Dance Company and El-Funoun Palestinian Dance Troupe
July 20 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Hawiyya Dance Company (UK based) and El-Funoun Palestinian Dance Troupe (Palestine based) present Curfew, a contemporary dance production.
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 experiences and individual self-reflection, helping us to increase our understanding of and engagement with the world around us.
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.
Devised in 2018 it was displayed with two sell-out nights in March 2018 at Rich Mix, London and one night in April 2019 in Palestine. The cross-cultural and cross-border partnership proved its strength and ability to deliver thought-provoking messages through an experimental work fusing Palestinian folk dance ‘dabke’ and contemporary vocabulary.
This will be one of two UK performances sponsored by the Arts Council, British Council, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival and Interpal.
About the artists
Hawiyya Dance Company
Was founded in 2017 as an all-women’s collective who explores identity, culture and resistance through dance. The group uses folk dance ‘Dabke’ and contemporary dance to create narrative works that explore themes such as resistance, oppression, displacement, social justice, and individual and cultural identity. The culturally diverse dancers unite in their commitment to anti-racism and anti-imperialism in all they do.
El-Funoun Palestinian Dance Troupe
Is an independent, non-profit arts organization established in 1979 by a small number of enthusiastic, talented and committed artists. Since then, El-Funoun has been crowned as the lead Palestinian dance company in Palestine, as well as among Palestinians in exile. El-Funoun led over one thousand performances locally and internationally.