Al Shams Theater
Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts
Motion, light, sound, perspective, and dimension weave into one mind-bending performance!
The title for “Crossing” came from choreographer Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh’s reflection of art and life, in the time of pandemic. To Abunahleh, the post COVID-19 world visualized itself as an exciting yet confusing labyrinth, of paths appearing and disappearing, vanishing completely, and new passageways opening up.
The process of making this piece can be understood as a laboratory phase, built on the research Abunahleh undertook over the past several years working with both trained and untrained dancers, as an anti-hierarchical, anti-authoritarian choreographic movement designed for the general public and requires no dance training.
Additionally, sound artists Ziad Sajdi, and Oday Shwagfeh created a powerful and driving score that provides the perfect energetic accompaniment to Abunahleh’s choreography.
Concept, director: Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh
Choreographer: Anas Abunahleh, Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh
Dance: Emran Alamareen, Daniel issa, Saleh Belagon, Mohammad Qattan, Ahmad Wawi, Sara Yaghmourian
Original score: Zaid Sajdi, Oday Shwagfeh
Light designer: Pietro Marullo
Visuals and installation: Miramar Moh’d
Extra eye: Husam Abed, Ryuji Yamaguchi, Edwina Issa
Photography: Ghassan Sela
Produced by Studio 8
supported by Cultural Foundation, with special thanks to Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFAC, DROSOS FOUNDATION, Prince Claus Fund.
This production was made possible with the support of:
Every year, IDEA commissions or co-commissions established dance creators, performers, collaborators, and presenters to create a full-length dance production for the international stage.
Through annual production, IDEA strives to provide a creative environment within which dancers, choreographers, musicians, designers can collaborate and produce unique, challenging, and diverse works in Jordan, loosening the boundaries between artistic labels, in favor of a more open and flexible view toward the artistic experience.
Studio 8 is a non-profit company based in Amman, Jordan. Studio 8 is a capacity building project that creates forward-thinking, cutting-edge dance works. It also is an educational project that provides training and provides resources that help performing artists to develop sustainable, prosperous careers. It offers a creative space which serves as a hub for the performing arts, a welcoming space that brings the dance community together.
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