Dancing on the Edge Urgent artistic dialogues with the middle east

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Three Rooms / ثلاث غرف

Amal Omran, Hatem Hadawe, Kathryn Hamilton

(TURKEY/SYRIA)

Three Rooms (formerly known as Personal Empathy Machineis a performance about absence. During the making of the piece the changing political landscape in Turkey and Europe meant that neither of the performers could be on the same physical piece of land as the other. Refusing to replace our company members, we instead began to experiment with ways of working that could overcome the physical restrictions, creating a new kind of live-ness for this new world we find ourselves in. For Three Rooms we create a performance-from-a-distance, allowing the situation determine the form our work must take, and using this form to ask: What are the proxies for corporal presence in a world of ever tightening borders, of increasing immobility? And what are those distances that technology can never cross?

CONCEPT, CREATION AND PERFORMANCE Amal Omran, Hatem Hadawe, Kathryn Hamilton CREATION & VIDEO Deniz Buga, Kathryn Hamilton TECHNICAL PRODUCTION Niels Kingma COPRODUCTION Dancing on the Edge (NL), Adelheid&Zina (NL).

This project is part of the European cooperation program Performance(s) between two shores. The project was in residency late 2016 and early 2017 with Dancing on the Edge and will tour the different festivals and venues of the European partners.

Photo © Sofie Knijff, Kathryn Hamilton