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Episode 103 [in English]: Queer Art is Revolutionary

Beruit-based writer, actress, and storyteller Dima Mkhayel Matta (Follow on IG: @dimamatta) joined Nadia Khayrallah (@nadiainherownworld) and Adam Elsayigh (@adamelsayigh) to talk about her recent solo show, her storytelling series Cliffhangers Storytelling, the challenges of navigating censorship and orientalist tropes, the importance of (queer) art in revolution, and more! She also reads a few excerpts of her piece “This is not a memorized script, this is a well-rehearsed story,” presented through Zoukak Theater Company and developed at the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab.

Note: Unfortunately, Dima’s residency at Theater Mitu in Brooklyn, discussed in the podcast, has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. We hope to see this collaboration happen in the future!

Referenced in the episode: Every Single Article Ever Written About Being Gay in Beirut in One Convenient Article

Pictured is Dima wearing this iconic shirt from Nadia (as mentioned in the episode)!

This episode was recorded and edited by Nadia.

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Episode 101 [in English]: Salon Al-Mahjar 8

Salon Al-Mahjar صالون المهجر is an open mic for immigrant queer, trans, and allied artists, actors, activists, writers, storytellers, dancers, singers, musicians, poets, feminists, thinkers, teachers, and historians from Central & West Asia and North Africa.  Salon 8 was curated by Hannah Aliza Goldman and Sivan Battat.  They also presented pieces during the salon!


hannah-goldman.com
IG: @imhannahgoldman
PC: Jennifer Walkowiak


IG: @sivanbattat
PC: Daria Landa

Salon 8 description:
We gather to celebrate each other’s voices, exchange ideas, engage in each other’s passions, counteract censorship, promote and support each other, give and receive constructive feedback, and challenge what may be considered inappropriate “ayb” عيب or forbidden “haram” حرام.

At Salon 8 صالون we honor Jewish artists who create culture in Central & West Asia, North Africa, and in diaspora. We shall uplift Jewish voices, and allies who investigate shared histories. How did Jewish artists create culture in these regions and in diaspora? And how did the cultures around them shape their Jewishness? Please join us for a celebration of works-in-progress, food, tea, and conversation.

One of the pieces shown during this salon was a series of calligraphy pieces by Ruben Shimonov.  The pieces incorporated Hebrew and Arabic;  here are a few of the images from the piece!
See more of Ruben’s work here:  https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipM-2S9nwEeevetO8XWymAAC2WqakROLOaKAbrr3iSyyPpg5IMyBR7RcxfxwiU-MUg?key=NVJYalZqcmN3cXF1a1hBYzVadlUxWFhrLVd1LWFn

Ora Batashvili presented a piece combining original video footage from Georgia, an original music composition, handmade paper, and items that are connected to and descriptive of Ora’s family.  To contact Ora:
IG: @ora.407

Playwright Michael Zalta presented two scenes from his play, “Who the Fuck is Ahmed?” – in this episode, you will hear part of one of the scenes.  To contact Michael:
IG: @michaelzalta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sofia, aka @flowrpunkk, shared a few of their latest composed tracks.  Follow on IG!

Waseem Alzer was one of the actors in Michael Zalta’s reading; contact him at [email protected]

Danny Bryck shared poetry; follow him on IG @dannythebryck

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