PAST-inuous is an interactive video dance installation that was created over a digital platform with 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 idea was conceived in November 2019 (before the pandemic) 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. The work deals with the bodies of the eleven artists as living archives. It 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 aspires to reflect on the future of the Palestinian refugee cause in particular and its connection to the current global refugee condition in general.
Concept and Choreography: Farah Saleh
In collaboration with the dancers: Abdallah Damra, Amir Sabra,
Dima Kurraz, Duaa Sabbagh , Fadi Waked, Farah Saleh,
Hamza Damra, Jamal Bajali, Mohammad Emrany,
Mohanad A. Smama and Yasmeen Koheil.
Video maker: Lucas Kao
Videographers: Alaa Aliabdallah, Mohamed Hassan
and Mohammed Al Ghoul.
Sound design and mixing: Muqata'a
Set and costumes: Zephyr Liddell
Producing support: Claricia Parinussa
Funded by Creative Scotland and Culture Resource
Supported by Dance Base
Still from Zoom recordings
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.