What happens to a group of people isolated from the rest of the world by a wall? How do they understand this confined space and how does restriction affect emotional and physical behavior? Against a Hard Surface, an evening-length dance theatre piece created by theatre director Amir Nizar Zuabi and choreographer Samar Haddad King, is a portrayal of human resistance and resilience in a dystopian landscape. Living and creating in Palestine, England and the USA, King and Zuabi — in their 5th collaboration — investigate how a population survives this high-pressure ecosystem of unremitting political strain, violence, and containment.
Against a Hard Surface is a production of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre and supported by the A.M Qattan Foundation/ The Qattan Grant for Performing Arts 2016 and Covillo Lynch Foundation, and co-produced by Sareyyet Ramallah in partnership with the Palestinian Museum.
World Premiere -Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival * Ramallah, Palestine * Baladi Theatre, April 29th, 2017
European Premiere-Theater der Welt Festival * Hamburg Germany * THALIA GAUßSTRASSE * June 6, 2017