Farah Saleh

Farah Saleh is a Palestinian dancer and choreographer active in Palestine, Europe and the US. She has studied linguistic and cultural mediation in Italy and in parallel continued her studies in contemporary dance. Since 2010 she took part in local and international projects with Sareyyet Ramallah Dance Company (Palestine), the Royal Flemish Theatre and Les Ballets C de la B (Belgium), Mancopy Dance Company (Denmark/Lebanon), Siljehom/Christophersen (Norway) and Candoco Dance Company (UK). Saleh has also been teaching dance, coordinating and curating artistic projects since 2010 with the Palestinian Circus School, Sareyyet Ramallah and the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival. In 2016 she co-founded the Ramallah Dance Summer School, which now runs on a yearly basis. In 2014 she won the third prize of the Young Artist of the Year Award (YAYA) organized by A.M. Qattan Foundation in Palestine for her installation A Fidayee Son in Moscow and in 2016 she won the dance prize of Palest’In and Out Festival in Paris for the duet La Même. She is currently an Associate Artist at Dance Base in Edinburgh, UK.

The Goethe-Institute Ramallah has invited experts and artists from Palestine and Germany to take part in discussions on the connection between cultural heritage and architecture. Subtleties of the Palestinian architecture-discourse have been explored in these conversations and possible analogies drawn to German discourses. Questions about the body and individuality in relation to space, architecture and cultural heritage were raised: How is our body connected to a space? What happens, if this space vanishes? Will a part of the heritage disappear or is the loss a new heritage? The discussions were audio visually documented and transcribed, which allowed choreographers Farah Saleh (PAL/UK) and Mirjam Sögner (DE/AT) to respond to the material in a collaborative performance entitled What does the space know?. In the Cabinet of Spatial Justice Farah Saleh will share the artistic process, using some performative elements of the research.