Funoun

Ata Khatab: Dancer, Choreographer, and Dance Trainer

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 18.09.2009:

By Hana Awwad

In 1979, ten years before Ata Khatab was born, Mohammad Ata and two other young men founded a humble dabkeh group. This dabkeh group would later be known as El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe and would later become one of Palestine’s leading dance troupes. Yet, at the time, Mohammad Ata probably had no idea that ten years later he would have a son, Ata. Or that tw(...)

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Prserving culture by dance

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 18.09.2009:

Cultural Preserves

By Basil Ayish

The bountiful harvests of Palestinian fellaheen who supply the rest of us with springtime mishmish, summertime barqouq, teen, and faqoos, autumn tufah and zaytoon, and winter khushkhash and laymoon make every season something to look forward to. Despite the seemingly endless display of fruits and vegetables to be found in the hisbeh, those with (...)

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Reem Kalani, singer

Contributed by Arab Educational Institute on 20.09.2008:

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk:80/music/2008/sep/19/reemkelani.ramadannights

'My narrative is that I exist'

Natalie Hanman talks to the Manchester-born Palestinian singer and jazz musician about her eclectic influences and connecting with her roots

Seated in the courtyard of a cafe on west London's Portobello Road, Reem Kelani is reading aloud a poe(...)

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Al Zaytouna: dabke

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 20.07.2008:

By Ahmed Masoud

Al Zaytouna is a UK-based Palestinian dabke dance group that aims to provide diverse audiences the opportunity to experience Palestinian dabke through performances, workshops, and classes.

The members of the group, both Palestinian and others, reside in the United Kingdom and work to promote Palestinian culture in the West. As an art form, dabke is very effective(...)

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Dandanat Palestinian Swedish Cultural Encounter

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 30.05.2008:

Bethlehem Music Festival

The International Center of Bethlehem (Dar Annadwa) and the Swedish Christian Study Centre in Jerusalem (BILDA) are preparing once again to welcome young, arts-focused Palestinians and Swedes to Ad-Dar Hall for the annual Dandanat Music Festival. From its beginning in 2005, Dandanat has been a place of cultural and artistic exchange between young people from Pa(...)

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Yasmin Katamish, dancer

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 23.06.2007:

Yasmin: A Luring Fragrance of Palestinian Dance

It was not easy for her to reach the top, despite her natural talent and charismatic stage presence. After many years in Bara’em, the youth branch of El-Funoun dance troupe, Yasmin (Arabic for “jasmine”) joined El-Funoun, where she had to establish her credentials in the midst of competition with the group’s most brilliant female dancers.(...)

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Palestinian Dance Education under Occupation

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 16.10.2006:

Need or Frill?

By Omar Barghouti

Despite an almost obvious and persistent need to promote creativity, imagination and freedom of expression as crucial ingredients in cultural development, dance as a form of spiritual and cultural education as well as a useful medium in education has been virtually non-existent in the formal education system in the occupied Palestinian territory (...)

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El-Fanoun dancers

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 09.07.2006:

When Skill Shines

Two of El-Funoun dancers dazzle audiences in Palestine and beyond

By Omar Barghouti

‘Maher’ is Arabic for skillful. Noora is derived from ‘noor,’ meaning light. When Noora and Maher created their latest dance, Message of the Soul, it was a moment of light shining on skill, producing breathtaking brilliance. With their agility, musicality and movement pre(...)

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El-Funoun: Dance as Resistance

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

This Week in Palestine

March 2005

Celebrating 26 years of Creativity and Rootedness

El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe was established in 1979 with a mission to revive Palestinian music and dance folklore as a manifestation of national identity. Its early productions were the result of extensive research in Palestinian villages, preserving centuries-old songs and (...)

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New Developments in Palestinian Art

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

New Developments in Palestinian Art

By Basil Ayish

This Week in Palestine

January 2005

Palestinian culture, that common thread which is distinctly Palestinian and ties Akka to Gaza to Jericho and everywhere else in between, has many forms. It is the maftoul, mansaf, msakhan, mjudarrah and karshat [popular Palestinian dishes] that we eat. It is the embroidered tho(...)

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