Since 2007, the dramaturge Hildegard De Vuyst has coordinated PASS, the project in which the A.M. Qattan Foundation (Ramallah) and the KVS are engaged, with regular assistance from les ballets C de la B. Initially it consisted chiefly of multidisciplinary workshops and exchanges in the Occupied Territories and in Brussels, and later of joint productions, including Keffiyeh/made in China and Badke. The latter, with 10 Palestinian dancers, got off to a very enthusiastic start in Europe in 2013, and for Palestine, the performances in Nazareth, Jerusalem and Ramallah in April 2014 were a milestone. The intention is that PASS continues to develop this dialogue with young Palestinian performing artists in future.
This summer saw the final performances of Badke with the original cast. In July it was on in Kinshasa during the Connexion Kin festival, and in Manchester and London. In early August rehearsals with a new Palestinian cast started in Beit Jala and Birzeit, thereby making Badke part of the Palestinian repertoire. The first dates for this Badke v.2.0 are at the Palestinian Circus in Birzeit on 25 August, Orthodox Club in Beit Jala on 27 August and the Qattan Foundation in Ramallah on 29 August. Badke will be on tour again next season, with 70% original and 30% new dancers.
> 'Keeping an Eye on Palestine' in Agenda
> The Wanted 18: a tale of talking cows and Palestinian rebellion, interview with director Amer Shomali in The Guardian
The Palestinian Lina Khattab, the younger sister of the dancer Atta Khattab, who was involved in creating Badke, has been arrested for her political activism. The Badke team requests the release of Lina and all political prisoners.
The Russell Tribunal on Palestine is an International People’s Tribunal created by a large group of citizens involved in the promotion of peace and justice in the Middle East. On September 24-25 there was a session of the Tribunal in Brussels to look at Israel’s crimes during the still ongoing “Operation Protective Edge” as well as third States complicity.
> Here you'll find the summary of findings of the Tribunal, titled “The Gaza War (2014) under International Law: An Inquiry into Israel’s Crimes, Responsibility, and the Response of the International Community”.
A two-state solution does not offer a viable prospect for the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, it does not offer any prospect at all to the Palestinian refugees and in Israel will only perpetuate the Palestinians’ status as second- class citizens.
> Read the article by Hildegard De Vuyst
'What I do want to ask you is, to go to Gaza. And take your work to Gaza too. There is one painting by Picasso that has gone to the Occupied Territories before you – it was a logistical tour de force. When you are in Israel, make a visit to Gaza. Go and see with your own eyes what is going on there, talk to artists in Gaza, about their work and their lives and their prospects, how they are able to show their work.'
> Read the letter by Alain Platel, published in De Standaard
> Read also 'A question from Gaza: Am I not human enough?'
Badke, the dance performance by 10 Palestinian dancers, is the provisional culmination of a long road KVS has travelled with young Palestinian performing artists. Following an initial tour of Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands, the production was also staged in Palestine and Israel in late April. As is often the case with a ‘home game’, this tour came with a few more stories and emotions.
> A review by our dramaturge Hildegard De Vuyst
Badke, still on in Berchem on 27.11. Don't miss it!
Officially it’s still the two-state solution: two separate states on the territory historically called Palestine, for two separate peoples. The state of Israel has existed for more than sixty years, but now the Palestinians have to have their state too. They are often represented as mirror images of each other, but this disguises the true power relationships.
Read the article by Hildegard De Vuyst.
(in: KVS_Express Feb-March 2012)
PASS is the name given to the Palestine project run by the KVS, les ballets C de la B and the A.M. Qattan Foundation. The abbreviation stands for the Performing Arts Summer School. But ‘pass’ also means an opening move, a passageway, a transition, entrance or approach. And all this is precisely what PASS has in mind for young performing artists in Palestine: giving them a good pass.