PAST-inuous is an interactive live performance installation that was created over a digital platform with 11 Palestinian dancers, most third generation refugees, some living in the diaspora and others in Palestine: 2 in Edinburgh, 2 in Berlin, 4 in Gaza and 3 in Nablus and in collaboration with video artist Lucas Kao. The work aspires to reflect on the ongoing Palestinian refugee problem created in 1948 by the creation of Israel on Palestinian land and the expulsion of Palestinians all around the world, now estimated to be 5 million and it deals with the bodies of the eleven artists as living archives. The piece attempts to dig into these archives to find connections between the artists daily gestures in the now and the gestures of their expelled families in the past. By doing that, it seeks to address the future of the Palestinian refugee cause and its connection to the current global refugee condition.
Concept and Choreography: Farah Saleh
In collaboration with
Dancers: Abdallah Damra, Amir Sabra, Dima Kurraz,
Duaa Sabbagh, Fadi Waked, Farah Saleh, Hamza Damra,
Jamal Bajali, Malak Khadra, Mohammad Al Salti,
Mohammad Emrany, Mohanad A. Smama and Yasmeen Koheil
Video Artist: Lucas Chih-Peng Kao
Producer: Helen McIntosh
Production Manager: Fi Fraser
Producing Support: Claricia Parinussa
Music and Sound Designer: Muqata'a
Set and Costume Designer: Zephyr Liddell
PR and marketing: Joy Parkinson
Still from Zoom recordings
Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, Culture Resource and Dance Base.
Dalia Taha, Emil Perugini Saleh, Fiona Menzies, Kristy Somerville, Nicola Perugini, Rushdi Ra’fat, Saleh Ra’fat, Sabreen Hamdan, Sawsan Shunnar, Shareef Sarhan, Sophia Lycouris and Studio Windows from Gaza for Contemporary Art.
Dance Umbrella in November 2020 (London), Cultural Resource in January 2021 (Beirut), Refugee Festival Scotland in June 2021 (Glasgow), Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival in July 2021 (Ramallah).
March 2022 Dance International Glasgow at Tramway (Glasgow), March 2022 PAST-inuous performance at Dundee Rep Studio (Dundee)
April 2022 The Fruitmarket Gallery (Edinburgh)