HipHop Gees First Edition
Choreographer: Amir Sabra
Composer: Rafeeq Hamwi
Light Designer: Muath Juba'
Dancers: Abdullah Damra, Hamza Damra, Ahmad Kollab, Ibrahim Feno, Maria Dally, Maali Maali, Ramz Siam, Rebecca Kaoud,
Premired: Ramallah Conemporary Dance Festival - April 2016
This performance aims to highlight the issues surrounding the freedom of movement for Palestinians and the main obstacles they face in order exercise this freedom such as religion, tradition and most importantly the ongoing occupation.
We began by asking ourselves the question of what the Palestinian body tells us about its story and we formulated moves that are very grounded, similar to that of the traditional dance “Dabke”. We considered whether we can make a dance phrase that is an expression of freedom through a dynamic gesture inspired by religion. We also considered whether males and the females could switch roles inside the relation between them and whether we could fully integrate hip-hop into the traditional dance.