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Farah Saleh at the Fruitmarket

Published: 5 April 2022
Reporter: Vera Liber

Farah Saleh and Jamal Bajali in PAST-inuous Credit: Brian Hartley
Gesturing Refugees by Farah Saleh Credit: Amy Sinead Moran

The Fruitmarket in Edinburgh will presents three days of performances by Palestinian dance artist Farah Saleh's PAST-inuous and Gesturing Refugees in the Warehouse 27–29 April.

Saleh returns to the Fruitmarket three years after her performance What My Body Can/t Remember was shown in 2019, and ahead of premièring her new work A Wee Journey at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2022 in collaboration with composer Oğuz Kaplangi.

The Warehouse is a new space at the Fruitmarket, which has previously shown live art, performance and music in the galleries between installations or within exhibitions.

PAST-inuous is a new live interactive dance performance with an in-person and digital cast of 11 Palestinian dancers, created in collaboration with video artist Lucas Chih-Peng Kao. It explores the bodies of the artists as living archives, reflecting on the future of the Palestinian refugee cause and its connection to the current global refugee situation.

This follows its première at Dance International Festival at Tramway in Glasgow and Dundee Rep, and will be presented in companion with Gesturing Refugees, an interactive dance performance which premièred at Avignon Festival in 2018 and uses the bodies of refugee artists and the audience as the main archive, while playing with other archive material, testimonies and imagination.

These performances will be accompanied by an in-conversation event between Saleh and collaborator Claricia Parinussa.