Nation Building on stage--from El Hakawati to Ashtar Theatre
Mr Edward Muallem will give a brief intruduction about Palestinian theatre from 1920-2013, and then to take El Hakawati and Ashtar Theatre as examples to speak in more details about the theatre movement in contemporary Palestine. Ashtar theatre is a unique group in Palestine. It is 3 organizations in one. There're three major programs under the umbrella of ASHTAR theatre: 1) Teachers training program: drama training for Adolescents and school teachers; 2) Theatre of the Oppressed Program (Locally, Regionally and Internationally); 3) Making of experimental theatre productions. Since the establishment of ASHTAR, most of the actors and theatre technicians in Palestine are the graduates of Ashtar, even before the opening of the first acting academy in Palestine 4 years ago.
After leaving El Hakawati, in 1991, Edward and his partner, Iman Aoun, established Ashtar for Theatre Productions and Training as a new initiative to set up the first drama training program in high schools in Jerusalem and Ramallah. Undertaking such a project in the unstable political environment of the first Intifada was a great challenge!
Edward Muallem is the main trainer and Joker at Ashtars’ Theatre for Oppressed Program locally and internationally. At the same time he is the Acting Director of the International theatre of the Oppressed Festival organized by Ashtar theatre in Palestine.
Reading: Kefiyyeh/Made in China
In this play by a young Palestinian playwright, through her unique language, we might be able to realize how persecution and resistance occur under the eyelids of daily life. They're brutal and ongoing...
── Zhao Chuan
演出成员：庾凯 刘念 吕律 于玲娜 赵琼 秦冉 周硕 康纳利 赵川 吴加闵
Playwright: Dalia Taha
Translator: Yu Kai
Presented: Grass Stage
Performers: Yu Kai, Liu Nian, Lu Lu, Yu Ling Na, Zhao Qiong,
Qin Ran, Zhou Shuo, Christopher Connery, Zhao Chuan, Wu Jia Min
Director: Zhao Chuan
Executive producer: Zhou Shuo
Dalia Taha was born in Berlin in 1986, but grew up in Ramallah (West Bank). She studied architecture at the Birzeit University in Ramallah. For years she is an active young poet and author in Palestine.
She now writes regular contributions for literary journals in the West Bank, in which she publishes poetry and articles that deal mostly with the concepts of space in colonial conditions. In 2012 she wrote the play, Kefiyyeh/Made in China which was produced by the A. M. Qattan Foundation and the Royal Flemish Theatre and was later published in book form.
Action Asia: an arts research project inquiring into the state of activism in Asia
Asia's vast and unnavigable complexity precludes definitive and complete revelation. But passive observation will not do. We can only forge ahead within the shifting temporalities of conquest and florescence, frustration and resistance, and see what we can discover in these difficult times. Art's power has been weakened in our afflicted present, but it must still strive, in its very physical presence, to expand and increase its symbolic power. Might it still be possible, given this scene of obscurity and tentativeness, to bring to light new vectors of change and possibility?
The “Action Asia” research project conceives itself as a practice-oriented investigation into the intersectionof the art scene with local life and politics, aiming to catch and promote a transformative artistic practice unconstrained by consensus reality. We will search for specific action points within the vastness of Asian space, and seek, through research, analysis, and presentation, to participate in contemporary Asian activism. Our particular areas of interest include: the Asian performance art community, contemporary Asian theater, designs and projects for social transformation, and activities that blur the boundary between art and social activism.