As Far As My Fingertips Take Me, is a conversation through a gallery wall between an audience member and a refugee. Through touch and sound, stories of border discrimination are shared. The piece is co-created by and based on the story of Basel Zaraa, a Palestinian refugee who made the journey from Syria to the UK and now works as a graffiti and stencil artist, as well as a musician and spoken word artist. As recounted by a reporter in The Guardian, “His tale doesn’t just touch me in a fleeting way – as the many stories and images reported in the newspapers do – it goes further. It marks me.” Though Zaraa will not be in attendance at this performance as he was unable to obtain a visa to the US, his voice and story will be told through the audio portion, as another artist exacts the physical elements.
Tania El Khoury is a live artist working in London and Beirut. She creates interactive and provocative installations and performances which actively involve her audience. Tania’s work has been shown in five continents in spaces ranging from museums to cable cars and shipping containers. Her work has been curated at various international festivals, including Next Wave Festival, Fierce Festival, City of Women, Spielart Festival, Fusebox, LIFT festival and others and in venues such as Battersea Arts Centre, ICA, Bluecoat, Watermill Art Centre and Tanzquartier Wien. She has been the recipient of the Total Theatre Innovation Award, the Artsadmin Bursary and the Arches Brick Award. Tania is co-founder of Dictaphone Group, an urban research and site-specific performance collective in Beirut aimed at reclaiming the public space and triggering political debate. Tania is also part of the UK artists community, Forest Fringe.
As Far As My Fingertips Take Me by Tania El Khoury
Dec 6-8: 5:30 / 7:30pm and 8-10pm
Dec 9: 1:30 / 3:30pm and 4-6pm
$15 + at www.mdclivearts.org | Only four people admitted per hour. Performance is one-on-one and lasts approx. 15 minutes. Participants may have to wait up to 45 mins during their scheduled hour. Accessibility challenges, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Clinton Room at New World Symphony
500 17th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Presented by MDC Live Arts
600 Biscayne Boulevard 6th Floor
Miami , FL 33132