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What My Body Can/t Remember (2019)

What My Body Can/t Rememberis the fourth story I aim at archiving in the Archive of Gestures. A project I have been developing since 2014, which attempts at archiving hidden stories and gestures from the Palestinian narrative. In 2002 the Israeli military re-invaded the West Bank including my city Ramallah. We had to stay home for many months under curfew, which brought me back to dancing after years of interruption. In the performance, I will try to archive this story and its gestures by exploring what my body can and can’t remember from me performing daily gestures at home, but also dancing under siege and how moving in a private domestic space became my only mean of physical freedom.



Concept and choreography: Farah Saleh

Video: Owa Barua

Performed by: Farah Saleh and Owa Barua

Dramaturgical support: Claricia Parinussa & Mark Bleakley

Costume consultation: Zephyr Liddell

Producer: Claricia Parinussa Kruithof

Commissioned by: Dance International Glasgow

and The Fruitmarket Gallery

Supported by: Creative Scotland and Dance Base




Work in progress performance at The Fruitmarket Gallery

(Edinburgh) February 2019

World premiere in Dance International Glasgow

(Glasgow) October 2019                                                © Chris Scott 

Festival Parallèle (Marseille) January 2020 

InSpace Gallery (Edinburgh) November 2022                                                   













Photograph Chris Scott. Courtesy The Fru
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