a question about our national, social, economic, cultural and educational fate and future. It is a question about the future of arts in general, and dance in particular, in light of a harsh and difficult socio-political and economic reality.
the first of its kind in Palestine. The festival invited various renowned Arab and international personalities representatives of dance festivals, producers, dance school directors and other persons related to the field of contemporary dance.
The Forum aims at providing space for Palestinian dance companies and for Palestinian dancers to present their thoughts and work, as well as, their produced and unproduced projects to the guests. It also strives to study the possibilities for cooperation, to host them in Arab and international festivals, to participate in productions, to provide an artistic residency for Palestinian dancers and companies with the aim of developing their productions or to offer educational and training opportunities for them.
Our innovation, this year as well, is manifested through opening a dialogue about The Body in the Arab World. This year, the festival is organizing its 8th session of the Dance and Society Conference, through which the topic of 'The Body in the Arab World’ is addressed. Did the body, as a means of expression, rid itself off societal taboos? What is the body’s dilemma in our Arab World? How can we combine the aesthetic dimension with the social dimension of the dancer’s body? What is our relation to the body and how do we perceive it?
The conference offers dancers the opportunity to have a dialogue about the concept of the body in the Arab World generally, and the concept of the dancing body as a language of expression particularly, especially in light of the changes our Arab World is living in.
The festival in this year’s edition includes indoor performances, as well as, outdoors in public places. Dance companies from France, Australia, Britain, Greece, Switzerland, Estonia, Norway, Tunisia and Palestine will take part. It will also include dance workshops, production of dance films, the Dance and Society Conference, and the production of joint performances resulting from workshops held before and during the festival.
The Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival 2019 is organized in partnership with Ramallah Municipality, with the sponsorship of the Palestinian Ministry of Culture, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), the Swiss Arts Council - Prohelvetia, Jawwal Company, A.M. Qattan Foundation, the Representative Office of Switzerland, the National Beverage Company, the Muna and Basem Hishmeh Foundation, in cooperation with the Consulate General of France, the British Council, the Palestinian National Theatre, Yabous Cultural Centre, with media coverage by Palestine Television, 24 FM Radio, Raya Media Network, InterTech, Zoom and Romman Media Organization.
We extend our deepest thanks and appreciation for all those who believed in us and in what we do. We also thank the festival cadre, volunteers and guests. We send you our love, appreciation and respect.
Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival Team 2019