– West of us lies the sea (A voyage into a city that no longer exists)

Al Sarayah

Implementer: Al Saraya Theatre

Duration of the project: 10 months

Start date: March 1, 2015

Total budget: € 112,744.01

EU contribution: € 84,558


This street show will capture the story of one family in the last days before the 1948 war. Based on historical research and oral testimonials of people who lived in Jaffa at the time, this innovative performance will palpably map the last escape route just as the 1948 starts. Audiences will experience a voyage into a city that no longer exists, into sounds that have been silenced and into smells that have long since evaporated. Developing and performing an innovative show of this kind will be a learning opportunity for everyone involved, as most Palestinian theatre practitioners have little or none practice in site-specific performances. Very experienced actors and directors will work alongside with first-timers. Workshops will be offered to involve the neighborhood’s residents, especially marginalised youth, and train them on theatre.

Al SarayaAl Saraya Theatre is a theatre for the Arab Palestinian minority that lives inside Israel. It is one of the leading cultural institutions in the country and has worked for the last 10 years in creating excellent theatre shows in Israel/ Palestine. Al Saraya aspires to create cutting edge, high quality theatre in Arabic celebrating the richness and uniqueness of their culture using their unique situation as a cultural meeting point, by staying curious and enriched by the surrounding environment in which they are a minority. Their theatre functions as a safe place where their community can meet, interact and explore its concerns as a minority. In the most delicate situation faced by many challenges that Palestinians inside Israel are faced with, Al Saraya strongly believes that cultural excellence is the best way to strengthen their community and protect their cultural heritage and language.

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