As part of our weekend lab, Archiving Gestures, Farah Saleh and the participants will work together to develop material into a collective choreography that can be performed in front of an audience, in the form of a living archive that opens its doors during the performance and closes them right after.
Join us for the public sharing of processes of unfolding personal and collective archives through the body. Audiences will be invited to try some of the tasks used in the workshop that help unearthing bodily archives. Participation is welcome but not essential!
Farah Saleh is a Palestinian dancer and choreographer based in Scotland. She has studied linguistic and cultural mediation in Italy and in parallel continued her studies in contemporary dance. Since 2010 she has taken part in local and international projects with Sareyyet Ramallah Dance Company (Palestine), the Royal Flemish Theatre and Les Ballets C de la B (Belgium), Mancopy Dance Company (Denmark/Lebanon), Siljehom/Christophersen (Norway) and Candoco Dance Company (UK). Saleh has also been teaching dance, coordinating and curating artistic projects, including the Sareyyet Ramallah Dance Summer School, which she co-founded in 2016. In 2014 she won the third prize of the Young Artist of the Year Award (YAYA) organized by A.M. Qattan Foundation in Palestine for her installation A Fidayee Son in Moscow and in 2016 she won the dance prize of Palest’In and Out Festival in Paris for the duet La Même. She was an Associate Artist at Dance Base in Edinburgh 2017-2021 and is currently finishing her practice-based PhD at Edinburgh College of Art, and touring with her latest performances, which are centered around themes of refugee hood and migration.