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Free Advice

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Datum der Aufzeichnung: 22.05.2015

Ort: TQW / Studios

Im Rahmen von: Austrian première


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»Since the beginning of the Israeli military occupation in Palestine and the launch of the liberation movement, Palestinian intellectuals and artists have been present, active, creative and sometimes change spurring from within the movement: like for instance poet Mahmoud Darwish, caricaturist Naji El Ali, painter Sliman Mansour and Sareyyet Ramallah Dance Company. Now that the shape of the liberation movement has transformed into new forms, from popular and armed resistance to boycott campagins and diplomatic efforts, the role of intellectuals and artists has been changing as well. For that reason Palestinian intellectuals and artists, including myself, have been constantly investigating this transformation, trying to find their place in it through daily artistic practice.« (Farah Saleh)

During the creation period of the solo Free Advice, the artist looked for interaction with ordinary people to investigate her relationship - as an artist - with the society she's living in. She went to the streets of Ramallah, Vienna and Budapest with a Free Advice sign to open a dialogue and exchange advices with passersby. These dialogues made her understand that the people concerns are collective, but seemed to them quite individual. In Palestine, people mainly asked advices related to social pressure, traditions, and the unbearable political situation. In Europe, people were looking for ways to be happy and find a better job. Now, Saleh brings all these collective concerns to the studio and transforms them into an interactive dance performance, to continue the dialogue started on the streets, in the performative space.

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VIDEO ARTISTS: Zina Zarour and Sari Hammouri


PHOTOS: Daniel Grimm und Zina Zarour

This work was possible thanks to the Artists-in-Residence programme of the Austrian Federal Chancellery (BKA) and KulturKontakt Austria (KKA), Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna) and Sareyyet Ramallah.

Farah Saleh is a Palestinian dancer and choreographer active in Palestine and Europe. She has studied languages in Italy and in parallel continued her studies in contemporary dance. She has been dancing and choreographing with Sareyyet Ramallah Dance Company since 2010, and for which she recently created Ordinary Madness (2013) and Hana and I (2014). She also took part in and toured with Keffiyeh/made in China (2012) theatre performance and Badke (2013) dance performance co-produced by the Royal Flemish Theatre (KVS), A.M Qattan Foundation and Les Ballets C de la B. She has also been coordinating and curating artistic projects since 2010 with the Palestinian Circus School, Sareyyet Ramallah and the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival. In 2014 she won the third prize of the Young Artist of the Year Award (YAYA) for her interactive dance video installation A Fidayee Son in Moscow. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at Brown University in the USA.


VIDEODOCUMENTATION: Reinhard Sockel / Anselm Tröster


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