El-Funoun Palestinian Dance Troupe / SHAMS Association / Marhabtain Organization
The Rooster is a Palestinian/Lebanese production, influenced by Palestinian ‘dabke’ folk dance, conveying the social and political experience of the region through the character of Al-Deek, the Rooster. The piece features music by El-Funoun and Syrian poetry by Nizar Qabbani, and uses the characteristics of Al-Deek to examine chauvinism and dictatorship. Partial Memory is an intimate dance solo. Ata Khattab reveals memories of childhood in occupied Palestine, seeing his father was frequently imprisoned. It is a dialogue of movement, words and images of Ata and his father, reflecting sensitively on the subjects of childhood, manhood and love.