Gesture Exchange with Farah Saleh

Gesture Exchange with Farah Saleh

**RESCHEDULED TO 10 & 17 NOVEMBER, 10.00-13.00**

Join Dance Base and Associate Artist Farah Saleh for Gesture Exchange - a new creative project that will bring participants from different backgrounds together for a morning of movement, connection and collaboration. These sessions are kindly supported by the Scottish Refugee Council. 

In these two interactive sessions, participants from refugee and non-refugee backgrounds will work together with dance artist, Farah Saleh, to explore their shared unique narratives, gestures and embodied knowledge. Through a series of gentle exercises, group tasks and smaller group work, Farah and the participants will then work together to develop these individual daily gestures into a collective movement language that can be used to express and perform together. 

The workshops will be delivered through an online video platform where participants can see and interact with each other in a safe and easy way. You will need a device with video and audio recording that can be connected to the internet to take part. 

These online sessions are the first part of a larger project that will be delivered in person at Dance Base when we are able to reopen. In our live sessions we will bring participants together and accompany the movement workshop with a shared meal and provide childcare, transport and translation to welcome and support our participants. Full details of this programme will be announced on the Dance Base website when this is possible.


Participants are encouraged to attend both sessions if they can. 

Tuesday 10 November | 10.00 – 13.00 | Delivered online 
Tuesday 17 November | 10.00 – 13.00 | Delivered online 

How to Apply: 

These workshops are free to attend and open to all, but booking is essential.  
No previous dance experience is required (though dancers are welcome too!). There will be a maximum of 20 participants in each session. 

To book your place please email Emma Smith at by 12.00 Monday 9 November 

We aim to provide language and BSL translation upon request. Please contact Emma Smith at by 12.00 Wednesday 4 November to arrange this. 

Please include a short sentence on what your background is. This is so that we can ensure we have a diverse array of voices and experiences within the group. 

Farah Saleh Bio: 

Farah Saleh is a Palestinian dancer and choreographer based in Scotland. She has studied linguistic and cultural mediation in Italy and in parallel continued her studies in contemporary dance. Since 2010 she took part in local and international projects with Sareyyet Ramallah Dance Company (Palestine), the Royal Flemish Theatre and Les Ballets C de la B (Belgium), Mancopy Dance Company (Denmark/Lebanon), Siljehom/Christophersen (Norway) and Candoco Dance Company (UK). Saleh has also been teaching dance, coordinating and curating artistic projects since 2010 with the Palestinian Circus School, Sareyyet Ramallah and the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival. In 2016 she co-founded the Ramallah Dance Summer School, which runs on a yearly basis. In 2014 she won the Young Artist of the Year Award (YAYA) organized by A.M. Qattan Foundation in Palestine for her installation A Fidayee Son in Moscow and in 2016 she won the dance prize of Palest’In and Out Festival in Paris for the duet La Même. She is currently an Associate Artist at Dance Base in Edinburgh, UK.  


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