"Dabkeh Flash Mobs" by Osama Awwad, Palestinian Territories
Dabkeh – an Arab folk dance – is passed down from generation to generation, and often acts as a vehicle for dialogue and the narration of Palestinian history. Osama Awwad, a dancer, choreographer and dramatist from Bethlehem, has taken this dance and brought it to a wider public in the form of flash mobs in Bremen. The performances took place in public places, including railway stations and shopping streets. Workshops in schools were also part of the project. The dance invited subsequent discussion and provided an insight into the everyday lives of Palestinians. This stop on the tour was organised in conjunction with LidiceHaus, a youth education centre in Bremen.
Impressions of "Dabkeh Flash Mobs"
About the Initiator
Osama Awwad from Bethlehem is one of seven founding members of the Diyar Dance Theatre. Its vision is to create a space where young adults can celebrate their Palestinian history with traditional folk dance and modern theatre. Besides being an actor and dancer, Osama Awwad also works as dramaturge and choreographer. He graduated from Palestine Technical College in the field of media. During his CCP fellowship in 2015, Osama Awwad cooperated with the free ensemble 'Backsteinhaus' in Stuttgart, where theatrical dance performances develop under the artistic direction of Nicki Liszta.