PAST-inuous is a live interactive dance performance, with an international in-person and digital cast.
Created digitally, in collaboration with video artist Lucas Chih-Peng Kao and 11 Palestinian dancers - most third-generation refugees - living in both Palestine and the diaspora, including Edinburgh, Berlin, Gaza and Nablus.
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 across the world. Numbers are now estimated to be 5 million and PAST-inuous explores the bodies of the 11 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. Through this, we seek 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, Mohammad Emrany, Mohanad A. Smama and Yasmeen Koheil
Video Artist: Lucas Chih-Peng Kao
Producer: Helen McIntosh
Production Manager: Fi Fraser
Music and Sound Designer: Muqata'a
Set and Costume Designer: Zephyr Liddell
Producing Support: Claricia Parinussa
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.
Find out more about PAST-inuous and Farah Saleh’s work here