DECEMBER 9-15, 2019
The International Human Rights Art Festival signature event is a week-long series of advocacy art and performances at the intersection of art, spirit and society. As the Sufis say: "Words spoken from the mouth never get past the ears; but words spoken from the heart, enter the heart." Our 100+ artists presenting 40 individual performance events are speaking loudly and clearly from their hearts!
General Admission: $20
The theater is wheelchair-accessible.
Festival Week Pass: $50
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 7:30 PM
SHALOM/SALAAM IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE MUSLIM JEWISH SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE
(THEATRE, MUSIC AND STORYTELLING)
Zizi Azah Abdul Majid Being In Time follows Hajar and Sarah, wives of Abraham and matriarchs of Islam and Judaism, as they move from patriarchs’ time to the peaceful metropolis of 11th Century Cordoba to present post-Sept 11th NYC, questioning the nature of the world they gave birth to. Zizi Majid is a Malay-Muslim playwright whose plays explore the oft-cruel chasm between geopolitical realities and an individual's yearning for a fulfilling life. Cole Stern is an American-Jewish dramaturg who specializes in structural analysis and Hungarian Theatre. Co-writers: Zizi Majid and Cole Stern; Director: Keenan Tyler Oliphant; Stage Manager: Aimee Holland; Cast: Brooke Reynolds as Sarah and Alicia Campbell as Hajar.
Zafer Tawil Jerusalem-born Tawil will be playing the oud and singing music from the Syrian tradition Mowashahat. Zafer accomplished Palestinian musician based in New York City, Zafer Tawil is a virtuoso on oud, violin, and qanoun, and is a master of Arabic percussion. He has performed with numerous musicians, ranging from the pop star Sting to avant-garde composer/performer Elliot Sharpe to masters of Arabic music such as Simon Shaheen, Chab Mami, Bassam Saba, and George Ziadeh, among many others. Zafer has composed music for a number of film soundtracks, most recently Jonathan Demme’s My Favorite American (not yet released), Rachel Getting Married, andthe documentary Until When. He has held workshops on Arabic music at numerous universities throughout the United States.
Daphna Mor and Rachid Halihal Daphna Mor and Rachid Halihal will perform together gems of traditional Moroccan-Andalusian music. Rachid will sing the Moroccan original text, Daphna will add the liturgical Jewish text, often sang by the Moroccan Jews borrowing the melodies of the popular songs, and adding Hebrew words. Originally from Fez, Rachid Halihal is one of Morocco’s best ambassadors of music and culture. Rachid plays what he refers to as organic music —authentic music that reflects the real spirit, art, and traditions of North Africa and the Maghreb. Woodwind player and vocalist Daphna Mor, originally from Israel, has enjoyed a diverse career performing European classical music, Middle Eastern and North African, Balkan and Sephardic music. Rachid and Daphna have been friends and colleagues for many years, performing together with the Ensemble Layali el Andalus.
Hannah Goldman, In the Kitchen In the Kitchen is a community-based project that brings together Jewish women with heritage in Arab lands. The performance is part supper, part oral history, and part movement piece. The audience is invited to dwell on the themes of food, cultural labor, and the divine feminine, and engage in conversation over Moroccan tea at the end. Hannah Goldman (she/her) is a performer, writer, and producer based in Brooklyn. She recently devised and performed in Between The Threads (Jewish Women Project), which premiered at NYC's HERE Arts Center and toured the DC area in June. As a producer, she hosts The Straight Man: A Comedy Show Without One at the Peoples Improv Theater and organizes cultural events for Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ). Hannah is a proud member of Experimental Bitch Presents, which produced the latest workshop run of In the Kitchen at Access Theater. www.hannah-goldman.com