“Sending a bouquet to the beloved one seems to be the easiest thing, just as getting out for dinner or walking hand in hand.
But sometimes, things happen in a different way.
In Palestine, expressing love is not that easy.
And it’s even more complicated when a Palestinian from Gaza falls in love with someone that’s not from Gaza.
But from Ramallah for exemple, sister city (yet) not twin.
Is Gaza and Ramallah an im/possible love story?
Just like crediting the florist’s phone to send a bouquet to the lover.
Getting out for dinner on Skype.
Even making love on Skype.
Getting married via a phone conference when one lives only 80km far from the other.
Can love spring and flourish through words?
Words that go beyond, despite of everything?
Parole, parole, parole…”
Farah Saleh is a Palestinian dancer born in Syria, she has been dancing since the age of 7. Having developed a keen interest in languages, Farah studied linguistic and cultural mediation and got a master’s degree in literature translation (Arabic/ Italian). In parallel, she studied contemporary dance in Palestine, Italy, France and the UK. In 2009, Farah participated in the Performing Arts Summer School in Palestine organized by Al Qattan Foundation, the Royal Flemish Theater and Les Ballets C de la B, and was recently granted a five-month-residency at La Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. For the past 10 years, she has been working with different companies and in different projects in Palestine, Italy, Belgium and Lebanon. She’s also a fixed member of Sareyyet Ramallah Group based in Ramallah, where she has also been choreographing and teaching dance.
Hosted in residency in Marseille by L’Officina from December 1st to 8th 2012. Final presentation of the Miniatures Ramallah program in April 19th and 20th at the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival. Miniatures Ramallah associates L’Officina to Marseille-Provence 2013, European capital of culture and to Sareyyet Ramallah-First Ramallah Group and receives support from Convention Institut français – Ville de Marseille, from Direction des relations internationales du Conseil général des Bouches-du-Rhône and from Mécènes du Sud – Projet Lauréat 2013.
© Caroline Pelletti