This project concentrates on three dance residencies for young talented choreographers from the MENA region: Khouloud Yassine (Lebanon), Shaymaa Shoukry (Egypt), Noora Baker (Palestine). The activities of the project consist of a dance training workshop in Alexandria, a dance/video/educational project called Obscenitas, and a film program. All combined with side programs of guest lectures, showings and a debate.
The project’s aims were to stimulate cultural exchange and to increase dialogue and understanding of other cultures, using art as a means to do so. Contemporary dance being a relatively new art form in the Middle Eastern region and more opportunities are needed due to a lack of training opportunities, proper facilities and funding. In the Netherlands (and Europe), there is little knowledge about contemporary art forms from the Middle East.