At Home in Gaza and London
Station House Opera
5pm, 12-13 November 2016
Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, E1 6AB
At Home in Gaza and London is a Station House Opera performance project bringing people together across great political, economic and physical divides.
Using a mix of live-streaming from different locations, artists occupy each other’s homes, streets and other social spaces to share their everyday lives. At times they even dissolve into each other or become ghostly protagonists in the drama.
The project opens a new way for artists to engage with each other across the world, and invites audiences to meet and get involved, presenting a fresh and personal response to Gaza and its isolation. During a four week workshop, from 17 October to 13 November 2016, sixteen artists from a variety of disciplines, including theatre, film, visual arts and photography, will develop their stories into a collaborative, site specific theatre piece - culminating in a live performance with audiences in Gaza and London sharing the event.
Julian Maynard Smith is the artistic director of Station House Opera with whom he pioneered the use of real-time video streaming to link performance spaces in theatre productions in the early 2000s. From 2009-14 he held a fellowship at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, developing the technology and dramaturgy of Telematic Theatre during which he produced Nowhere (2010-13), The Doors (2014) and The Apartment (2015). In 2014, Station House Opera produced Dissolved, linking the Sophiensaele theatre in Berlin with Beaconsfield Arts in London.
Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso is co-director of At Home in Gaza and London. She is also a performer with a practice in contemporary work in or about the Middle East - particularly Lebanon and Palestine. She creates and performs work within the context of cultural resistance and facilitates workshops with refugees. She has been participating in Station House Opera events since meeting Julian Maynard Smith in 2010.
Najlaa Ataallh is a novelist and project coordinator who currently works with UNRWA’s Gender Initiative in Gaza. She has been a mentor in a big sister programme led by Gaza Sky Geeks, a Coordinator at the Tamer Institute for Community Education and an animator in the Stories Club at Arabic Nasr Club and Al-Zaytoun Club in cooperation with the Tamer Institute
Technical director in Gaza: Hani Mortaja
Technical assistant in Gaza: Mahmoud el Madhoun
Participants in Gaza: Aya Abdelrahman, Abeer Ahmed, Isa el Alem, Ali Hassany, Mahmoud Madi, Mariam Nasser, Ismael Rozzi, Hamza Saftawy and Walid Tafesh
Participants in London: Zoe Aiano, , Yasmeen el Khoudary, Tara Fatehi Irani, Yoko Ishiguro, Jenny Matthews, Iante Roach and Owl Young
With special thanks to Gaza Sky Geeks for their logistical support.