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Koum Yaba

Kassem Istanbouli

Poetic black comedy, recounting the story of the Palestinian people

The solo performance Koum Yaba is rooted in the Arab storytelling tradition called Al-Halqa. The dramatic text is inspired by the memoirs of the Palestinian writer Salman Natour. In the piece, the story of the Palestinian people since 1948 is told through a conversation between a father and his dead child. Kassem Istanbouli began performing  Koum Yaba during the war in Gaza and since then has shown it in many other countries.

WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY Kassem Istanbouli PRODUCTION Istanbouli Theatre LANGUAGE Arabic with an English summary LENGTH 30’