13 November 2005

Palestine on Tour

Map of Palestine during the Middle Ages accord...Ibdaa Palestinian Folkloric Dance Troupe
Friday, November 18, 2005, 8pm
Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Avenue
General Admission $15
For tickets: 425-893-9900 For info: info@adcseattle.org
Sponsored by ADC-Seattle
full tour schedule

Palestine may seem a world away, defined chiefly by the news reports of religious and military conflict with Israel. Now a national cultural tour provides a rare chance to see another side of the Palestinian people.

According to their website, Ibdaa is a grassroots organization created in 1995 to serve the children of the Dheisheh Refugee Camp, providing education, recreation and job opportunities. Ibdaa's programs include tatriz (embroidery), a girls basketball team, and a dance troupe.

The dance troupe is touring the USA through Nov. 27, hitting many major cities.

The name of the dance troupe, 'Ibdaa,' translates from Arabic as 'to create something out of nothing.' It is a sentiment the troupe founders feel captures the vibrancy and strength of the dance troupe against the oppressive backdrop of its members' origins and life in Dheisheh refugee camp.
That's from the description of a film called "The Children of Ibdaa" available from cineSmith - the film site also has more background about the troupe and the refugee camp. (cineSmith also has what sounds like a fascinating upcoming film on Aboriginal artists passing down their history and culture through traditional painting. The film is called "Singing the Milky Way" and the site says it's currently in post production.)

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