The Rooster and Partial Memory (El-Funoun Palestinian Dance Troupe / SHAMS Association / Marhbtain Organization)
By Aida Rocci | Published on Monday 22 August 2016
Energy, strength, elegance and rhythm characterize ‘dabke’, an ancient Arab folk dance, traditional in Palestine and Lebanon among other places, that inspires these dance pieces. Far from being a preserved series of moves, tradition and folklore bloom and evolve in these pieces to express the experiences of a generation. The dancers burst on stage full of vitality, playfulness and, in ‘Partial Memory,’ raw pain. There is a sense of urgency in the performances- the urgency of their message. But politics becomes poetry; the controversial issues become personal stories. It’s not an easy piece, but art reveals that at the core of each problem there’s a story pushing to be told, a story that we can all understand.
Dance Base, until 14 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Aida Rocci]