Against a hard surface
Director: Samar Haddad King and Amir Nizar Zuabi
Light Designer: Muath AlJubeh
Set construction: Nader Khoury
Premiere: Ramallah Conemporary Dance Festival - April 2016
Dancers: Yukari Nishimura Osaka, Zoe Rabinowitz, Adeeb Safady, Ayman Safiah, Yusef Sbeih, Mohamad Smahneh, Samaa Wakeem, Fida Zidan, Fadi Zmorrod, Understudy: Hamza Damra
What happens to a group of people isolated from the rest of the world by a wall? How do they understand this confined space and how does restriction affect emotional and physical behavior? Against a Hard Surface, an evening-length dance theatre piece created by theatre director Amir Nizar Zuabi and choreographer Samar Haddad King, is a portrayal of human resistance and resilience in a dystopian landscape. Living and creating in Palestine, England and the USA, King and Zuabi — in their 5th collaboration — investigate how a population survives this high-pressure ecosystem of unremitting political strain, violence, and containment.
Against a Hard Surface is a production of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre and supported by the A.M Qattan Foundation/ The Qattan Grant for Performing Arts 2016 and Covillo Lynch Foundation, and co-produced by Sareyyet Ramallah in partnership with the Palestinian Museum.