“Other Languages …” is a collaborative dance and theater experience between El-Funoun, Ashtar, Theatre Day Productions from Palestine and Les Ballets C de la B from Belgium culminating a week-long workshop between Palestinian and international artists in Ramallah.
The project was to explore “Other Languages” for artists coming from different countries. The artists came together in search of common threads, common artistic expressions of shared humanity and a common dream of unfettered experimentation and artistic dialogue.
“Waiting Forbidden” is a performance illustrating the pain and agony stemming from the sense of displacement, fear, and resistance - a performance about being a Palestinian and being of Palestinian descent. It is a Palestinian (El-Funoun Dance Troupe)/ Jordanian (Al-Balad Theatre)/ Dutch (Le Grand Cru, Grand Theatre and Dancing on the Edge Festival) production inspired by the stories of the dancers and the work of Mona Hatoum, a well-known visual artist of Palestinian descent.
6 Seconds in Ramallah is an international collaboration with dancers, musicians, actors and visual artists under the direction of Yoshiko Chuma (The School of Hard Knocks USA/Japan). The project is a joint production between El Funoun and members of Root Culture, an artistic collective based in Kamakura in Japan, dedicated to the development of traditional and contemporary Japanese art forms, as well as dancer/choreographer Ryuji Yamaguchi, a Japanese artist living and working in Jordan for the past four years.
The School of Hard Knocks in collaboration with El-Funoun Dance Troupe produced and performed “ 6 Seconds in Ramallah” directed by Yoshiko Chuma in April 2011. A year later Chuma collaborated with El-Funoun once more and produced “Love Story Palestine “ in New York City and then again in Japan. The performance was a multimedia documentary about “6 Seconds in Ramallah” where Chuma invited dancers from El-Funoun and from the USA and Japan to perform with her.