Love Story, Palestine


This is a fiction based on the true story Occupation Layer: PALESTINE featuring members of Palestinian Dance Troupe El-Funoun from Ramallah.

In association with ROOT CULTURE in Kamakura, Japan. Dance by Miriam Parker, Saori Tsukada, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Ryuji Yamaguchi, Sari Husseini, Anas Abu Oun and Yoshiko Chuma Music by Sizzle Ohtaka, Aska Kaneko with Robert Black. Photography by Robert Flynt. Text excerpts from "Sayonara, Gangsters" by Genichiro Takahashi. Sound Design excerpts from "6 Seconds in Ramallah" by Koji Setoh 'Dabke' Choreography by El-Funoun Dance Troupe.

Conceptual Artist/Choreographer/Artistic Director of The School of Hard Knocks Yoshiko Chuma continues a lifetime obsession with danger in her new work, Love Story, Palestine. Intentionally confusing documentation with history, Chuma tasks El-Funoun members Sari Husseini and Ana Abu Oun and NYC-based talents Miriam Parker, Tatyana Tenenbaum, and Saori Tsukada-three performers who have never been to Palestine-with recreating segments from her own documented works and experiences in Ramallah, Palestine. Chuma assembles a mosaic of images and interviews which pertain to pain and longing, as if framing theater with barbed wire.

Traditional dance is juxtaposed with contemporary movement, video projection and spoken text in a borderless environment constantly reshaped by sculptural objects. Yoshiko Chuma herself performs on the backdrop of Robert Flynt's photography.


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May 9-12, Wed - Fri, 7:30 PM; Sat, 2:30 & 7:30 PM
Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa | La MaMa Moves! Festival
66 East 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue and Bowery)
Admission: FREE

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