Fugacious Presence – A Collective Performance, explores the theme of war and memory related to Lebanon’s history and the carriers of its trauma. Embodied by the city, part of the landscape, objects and the human body as such, the group acts as a collective body in a rhythmic concatenation of images, words and sound, in joint alliance either opposition to one another.
A vivid image of memory in transition emerges, yet awaiting to capture or grasp a voice, either a body, to be expressed in the present. Therefore Fugacious Presence is a poem brought to life and embodied by the group, their bodily expressions emerging whilst the live score was performed by Tony Elieh: An audiovisual composition, unique, being written and performed at the very moment.
Performed by: Daniel Balabane, Mirna Boyadjian, Rawad Kanj, Sarah Athina Nahas, Elizabeth Srour-Kanj / Movement Coach: Amelie Murdock / Wardrobe: Raya Kazoun
Fugacious Presence – A Collective Performance took place as closure of a three-month artist-in-residence at Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts in Beirut, on 27/05/2016. Within a setting of video projections set in the open space of Ashkal Alwan, the public as well, was invited to step into the ‘grid’ and become part of the transitory landscape of Fugacious Presence.
Event page of Fugacious Presence, Facebook.
The performance held was made possible thanks to the generous commitment and support of Ashkal Alwan’s team, the residency was supported by the Dutch Mondriaan Fund, Fonds Kwadraat and the Netherlands Embassy in Beirut – Lebanon, the latter sponsoring the event with refreshments for the visiting public as well sponsoring the intitial steps taken in regards to the project’s filmresearch.
– Poster design by Yuri Veerman (NL) and Salam Shokor (Beirut).