17,18,19 Sept 2023
To serve as a platform for artistic exchange, a 3-day-round-table (17th, 18th, 19th Sept, 2023) is set for networking and sharing knowledge from international and local cultural experts, curators, educators, teachers, performers and dance-makers.
Topic: Mobility, touring
Moderator: Nedjma Benchelabi
Topic: Finding new narratives in performance
Moderator: Husam Abed
Topic: Increase accessibility, achieving sustainability
Moderator: Bella Stenval
Guest Speakers: Mehdi Dahkan, Samar Haddad King, Mayar Alexane, Eman Hussein, Reem Kassem, Samaa Wakeem, Edwin Wee, Rachel Lum, Soly Volná
Special thanks to:
Nedjma Hadj Benchelabi
Nedjma Hadj Benchelabi is a member of the Brussels theatre company Dito’Dito and dramaturgical advisor for the curation of the festival program of Tanz im August in Berlin in 2023.
Since 2009, she has been a programer at the Halles de Schaerbeek and has contributed to the visibility of contemporary artists from the Arab world. She has worked on the KVS, an artistic project with the Brussels City Theatre. In 2012, she also programed the Moroccan contemporary art season, called Daba Maroc. Since 2014, Hadj Benchelabi has been associate curator for On Marche, an international contemporary dance festival in Marrakech. She was also associated with D-CAF, a multidisciplinary festival in Cairo for the Arab Art Focus (2016-2018), and co-curator of the first edition of the Tashweesh Festival, with the Goethe-Institut Brüssel and the Beursschouwburg.
Furthermore, in 2022 Hadj Benchelabi was a curator and dramaturge of the Halaqat and Un-Controlled Gesture program, initiated by the Goethe-Institut.
Husam Abed was born in 1980. He is a Palestinian Jordanian versatile artist with multilayered projects in his art career. He is a theatre creator, director, performer, puppeteer, musician and producer living in Prague, Czech Republic. He started his practice-based research PhD at Bath Spa University/UK. He holds a Master of directing for Drama and theatre at Alternative and Puppet Theatre faculty/ Academy of Performing Arts/Czech Republic.
He is known for his puppet theatre work under: Dafa Puppet Theatre, a multi-awarded theatre company based in Prague. Dafa was co-founded by Husam Abed and his wife, a Hungarian puppeteer and stage designer Reka Deak in 2015.
As a community theatre maker and facilitator, he believes in theatre as a public practice, a tool for social change, for rewriting personal and collective history and for finding new narrations. Theatre for him is a style of life and existence more than an art form: a medium for expression, communication, inclusion and connecting through differences. The themes and visions in his work focused on exile, war, home, dreams, man vs nature, family relations, human relations’ cruelty and daily struggles.
Bella Stenvall (she/her) is a mixed Filipino-American choreographer, dance educator, arts and culture researcher, and movement artist based in Brooklyn, New York.
She received her B.A. in Dance and Arabic with a Global Studies minor from the World Arts and Cultures/Dance Department (WACD) at the University of California, Los Angeles (2021).
Bella has been making and presenting her own choreography since she was 16 and is passionate about creative placemaking—embedding artists into the choreography of cities.