My recent dances have been inspired by stories of significant places/times in the world. Such was the case with the Berlin Wall Project (a work exploring stories about the Wall going up, existing and coming down) and Dancing with Cities (a traveling site specific work around diverse urban sites). For Oasis, I was generally inspired by the Middle East itself as well as being a woman from the West with cultural roots in this part of the world. One is exposed to a great deal about the Middle East but they rarely see it for the complexity, diversity, beauty and oppression that resides within it. In particular, the recent events of the Arab Spring were especially inspiring. Seeing people stand up for their rights and fight for freedom was very uplifting. Indeed, it reminded me of the fall of the Berlin Wall and how inspired I was as a teenager, experiencing such an important event directly. But, similar to that event, questions emerge: Where do we go from there? How can democracy be successful, if all of the voices are not included? The last point for me is especially poignant. I am fortunate to be in a position where as a woman I am able to express myself and add to the voices heard in the streets throughout the Arab world. In particular, I want to contribute to the female voices in/of the Middle East who are often silenced and who now search for their voice(s). In this new Dance-Theatre work, I wish to bring forth and explore the issues identified below. Invoking the idea of “mystical realism” in literature, the piece exists in multiple realities – magical elements blend seamlessly with the real world so that the "real" and the "fantastic" exist in the same stream of thought. Through the prism of desert (real)/oasis (mystical), the piece explores issues of identity, veiling, torture, repression, revolution and spirituality moving through what is familiar; what is imagined or mythical, what is actual; what is out of the Middle East and what is inside it.