The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture –AFAC is happy to announce the selection of the newest group of grantees for its Performing Arts General Grants program.
The 2016 Performing Arts jury committee, which met at the AFAC offices in Beirut on July the 16th, included experts from different backgrounds and nationalities: actor and director Carlos Chahine, Syrian actor and director Oussama Hallal and Kuwaiti director Sulayman Al Bassam.
After a series of comprehensive discussions the jury selected 19 projects (12 individuals and 7 institution) to receive the Performing Arts grants. The selected projects come from: Lebanon (6), Palestine (5), Egypt (1), Iraq (1), Morocco (1), Syria (1), Tunisia (1), Turkey (1) and France (2).
Commenting of this year’s selected projects, the jury stated that:
“We have undergone a thorough assessment of the projects received in this call and we commend them on their quality and the seriousness and intelligence of their approach and presentation. We have noted however how narrow the range of topics addressed was, with an overwhelming majority dealing with the issues of violence and war, memory and war-related memory, hence reflecting, not surprisingly, on the concerns of a new generation of Arab artists. We also noticed a large number of dance and performance projects, combining the contemporary with the traditional, as well as a strong drive from artists to identify alternative spaces, as well as new and innovative forms of performing.
We hope that the selected projects will offer fresh and innovative ways to study and reflect on such topics, privileging inventiveness, originality and relevance to the known and established. ”
THE PERFORMING ARTS 2016 GRANTEES
Temporary Title by Chrystèle Khodr
A Ticket to Atlantis by Lina Issa
Almayram by Mariam Hammoud
And Here I Am by Ahmed Tobasi
El-Pergola Legal Theatre for Marionettes by Rania Shaheen
Men of the Land of Fire by Ali Chahrour
Ouled Jelaba ... On his footsteps, I Dance ... by Rochdi Belgasmi
Tales of the Mother tongue: Part 02 & 03 by Estabrak Al-Ansari
Tarab by Maria Harfouche
The Architects by Youness Atbane
The Confession by Wael Qadour
Title under consideration by Nancy Naous
A Corner in the world by A Corner in the world
Abu El-Kheizaran Road by The Popular Theatre for Performing Arts and Training
Dance Summer Camp by Sareyyet Ramallah
HAMJU by Echos Electrik
Identity in a Laboratory by Khashabi Theatre by Khashabi Theatre
Maktoob by Assirk Assaghir Association
The Algerian vespers by Sociétés Accidentelles