20 Sept 2023
Osama Mashini Theater
Samaa Wakim & Samar Haddad King (Palestine)
Royal Cultural Center
“Can you still hear the bombs? I can hear them.”
In a new solo show, choreographer and actress Samaa Wakim questions how living in a war zone impacted the shaping of her identity.
“Losing it!” examines how the trauma of previous generations penetrates our present body through movement and sound.
Samaa takes us back to the moment in which she began to fear losing her freedom. On the stage, she relives her childhood memories in the shadow of constant wars, analyzes reality, and delves into an imagined world woven of fear and hope in an attempt to endure and survive.
When fear overcomes her, her world turns upside down, the earth shakes, and the voices diminish, creating a third world in which reality and fantasy merge.
The dialogue between the live music of Samar Haddad King and Samaa’s vocals creates a world in which the voices that used to frighten or comfort us intercept in making the past and the present obscure the future.
Thu 21 Sept 2023 | 8 pm – 9 pm
Royal Cultural Center
Entry is completely free!
It’s first come, first serve and we are expecting to fill out fast so get down early!
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Joint work of Samaa Wakim and Samar Haddad King
Performance and choreography: Samaa Wakim
Music & performing: Samar Haddad King
Song: Autostrad Band – My Heritage Album
Prayer: Mounira Wakim
Lighting design: Cord Haldon
Photography: Arthur Tainturier
Partners in the production: Khashabi Theatre, Ya Samar! Dance Theatre, Theaterformen Festival – Germany.
“Losing it” was developed with a grant from the Goethe Institut.
This exchange is supported by A. M. Qattan foundation – “Herakat” Grant 2022!
Special thanks to:
Stories of the makers
Behind the performance, there are two Palestinian women.
Samaa Wakim from Mi’ilya village, Galilee, is a performer, choreographer and cultural manager of various Palestinian independent events and projects in Haifa – with the stated purpose of preserving Palestinian culture.
Samar Haddad King is a multidisciplinary artist and Artistic Director of the extraordinary contemporary dance company Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, that has achieved greatly in collaborating with artists across disciplines, cultural geographies, and physical borders in order to forge stimulating and transformative experiences through dance.
They will talk with audiences after the performance. They will also share their stories at our Round Table during the festival.
Furthermore, they would love to see you at a Contemporary Dance Workshop on Tuesday 19 Sept, 2023.
Samaa Wakim graduated from the acting department in Haifa University. She has performed in various local and international plays. Dancer\Choreographer Actress and cultural activist.
Samar Haddad King
Artistic/Founding Director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre (YSDT), graduated cum laude in choreography from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program under the tutelage of Kazuko Hirabayashi. With YSDT, King has created over 30 original works which have been performed in 10 countries across 4 continents.