I am a Palestinian woman choreographer living in Palestine\Israel. However, my identity doesn’t fit set criteria determined by my gender, the place I live, or the people I live with. My identity, or lack of a clear definition of who I am, is my artistic generator, providing endless questions and often causing others to ask questions as well - sometimes to their discomfort. Discomfort is a familiar feeling for me, because I live between spaces, and places, and types. My work has been called brave, crazy, and even vulgar.

 

I am disliked by Israelis because I am Arab, and rejected by Arabs because I work with Israelis. I am a feminist woman coming from traditional Arab society making contemporary dance work that challenges our customs and gender norms. I live on both sides. I work on both sides. I don’t take one side. I focus on human beings. This in itself is an act of resistance.
 

 

My process as a human and as an artist has always been to embrace this in-between place, and to be interested in the process of creating something as much as in the final product. The process of making and becoming encompasses connecting with people in the studio, on the street, in an office or cafe. I like to work with people from different backgrounds and I ask my

 

collaborators to use their experience and personal narrative to build movement material. My work mines personal experience and psychology as initiators of movement research.
 

 

As a young artist, I was moved by the words of Pina Bausch, “I’m not interested in how people move but what moves them.”
 

 

This interest has guided my way as I find my voice as an artist and a person living on both

sides.

©Sahar Damoni                  sahar.damoni85@gmail.com