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Sundance Institute: Theater from Palestine: TAHA

Sundance Institute: Theater by Palestinians: TAHA

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - Thursday, March 16, 2017

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In collaboration with the Sundance Institute, this tour de force solo performance from playwright and performer Amer Hlehel is based on the life of celebrated Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali, whose poetry explored the experiences of Palestinian refugees. The Kennedy Center presents the world premiere of the English-language version.

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This spring, the Kennedy Center embarks on a new partnership with the Sundance Institute to present a series of theater pieces from Sundance alumni artists representing Palestine.
Playwright and performer Amer Hlehel's TAHA is based on the life of the celebrated Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali, whose poetry explored the experiences of Palestinian refugees. Adapted from Adina Hoffman's book My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness, this tour de force solo performance powerfully communicates the sorrow, humor, resilience, and tender humanity of this extraordinary man and artist. This world premiere of the English-language version, developed in the July 2015 Sundance Lab, will be directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi, a leading theater director in the Middle East who is currently commissioned to write new plays for the Union of Theatres of Europe and the Royal National Theatre in London.

Includes a free post-performance discussion with Amer Hlhel and Amir Nizar Zuabi on March 15. 

"We are delighted to be able to invite the Sundance Institute to participate in this international theater exchange program, which will focus on works by artists from the Middle East, whose voices are too rarely heard in Washington."--Alicia Adams, Vice President of International Programming at the Kennedy Center.
"Our partnership with the Kennedy Center allows us to meaningfully extend the work of developing new plays from the Middle East and Northern Africa to actually presenting this work to audiences in a theatrical setting at our country's most important institution for performance."--Philip Himberg, Sundance Institute Theatre Program Artistic Director

Recommended for age 14 and up. Performed in English. Poems in Arabic with projected English titles.

Performance Timing: 60 minutes, with no intermission. Please Note: There is No Late Entry for this event.

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