[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] WOMEN by Diyar Dance Theater
nicolebindler at gmail.com
Thu Jul 6 02:14:41 EDT 2017
Choreographed by Nicole Bindler <http://www.nicolebindler.com/women> with Diyar
Dance Theater <https://www.facebook.com/diyartheatre/>
Saturday, July 15th, 8pm, $10-25
Community Education Center
3500 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104
––Reserve tickets here! <http://www.danceboxoffice.com/?page_id=1123>
––Watch the trailer here! <https://vimeo.com/142437941>
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––Read more about the dance creation process here
<http://thinkingdance.net/articles/2015/10/09/Women> and here
And join us for a *Dabke <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-Tht5eOo_U>
Workshop* with the Diyar dancers
July 11th, 6-8pm, $10, at the Community Education Center
*WOMEN*, choreographed by Nicole Bindler in collaboration with three
dancers from Diyar Dance Theater, (Dima Awad, Ghadeer Odeh, and Christy
Daboub), 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.
*Diyar Dance Theatre* was created by a group of talented, enthusiastic and
committed artists 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
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.
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