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Khashabi Theatre

Company (Palestine)

Khashabi Theatre

Khashabi Theatre is an independent cultural organisation founded in Haifa in 2015 by Khashabi Ensemble, a collective of Palestinian theatre-makers. Khashabi aims to provide a space for artists to freely experiment, create, research and perform alternative forms of theatre and art, and space where societal, political and artistic taboos can be challenged, creating an invigorated creative environment based around cooperation and mutual support.

Bashar Murkus, Artistic Director

Bashar Murkus, is a Palestinian playwright and director and founding ensemble member of the Khashabi Theatre and Khashabi Ensemble. Through collective research, he develops new plays that both reflect on and engage with the regional Palestinian community. His work has been seen in Palestine, France, Belgium, Tunisia, Ireland and the US. Murkus studied theatre at the University of Haifa, where he now teaches acting and directing.

Touring Dates

Other Places

Khulood Basel Tannous, Executive Director

Palestinian Theatre maker, actress, visual artists and founding member of Khashabi ensemble (2011) and Khashabi Theatre (2015). Studied theatre at the University of Haifa and performed in Haifa Theatre, including a role for which she was nominated for the “Promising Actress Prize” of the National Theatre Awards. Performs regularly with Khashabi Theatre both locally and internationally. Tannous is involved in multiple art-education programs for youth empowerment. As a photographer, her works are featured in various exhibitions and art-journals in Palestine, Egypt and Lebanon.

Other places - أماكـن أُخرى

Setting out to research the meaning of identity, they ended up researching Diaspora. How did diaspora become an identity?

Small moments, directions, closed and open roads, the visible and invisible, lines drawn between points on the map, between the soul and  the memory, these junctures are carved by Diaspora.

A group of Palestinian theatre artists scattered in far-flung points on the map all carry common memories and stories of one land. Each of them has his own path to Diaspora and together they tour their inner diaspora and try to understand their new identity.

In Other Places, Bashar Murkus and an ensemble of theatre artists transform the stage into a laboratory in-order to dissect the anatomy of identity. They manipulate the separate components, observe them from afar, scrutinize them from different perspectives. Deconstructing and reconstructing them anew in front of the audience.  The work offers a rich performance experience that considers memory a tangible material, the human being an object in a museum, and place an elusive concept.

The work began as a performance research project under the title “Identity in a Lab.” The participants are twenty Palestinian theatre artists living in different parts of the world.

In Arabic with surtitles

  • By Bashar Murkus and the project team
  • Direction | Bashar Murkus
  • With | Khulood Basel Tannous, Henry Andrawes, Husam Al-Azza, Shaden Kanboura, Raeda Ghazaleh
  • Dramaturgy  | Ala Hlehel
  • Scenography | Majdala Khoury
  • Light Design  | Firas Tarabshi
  • Production managing | Siwar  Awwad
  • Graphic Design | Nihad Awidat
  • Translation into English | Katharine Halls
  • Produced by | Khashabi Theatre and The Palestinian National Theatre – El-Hakawati
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  • photo: Habib Simaan
    photo: Habib Simaan
  • photo: Habib Simaan
    photo: Habib Simaan
  • photo: Habib Simaan
    photo: Habib Simaan
  • photo: Habib Simaan
    photo: Habib Simaan
  • photo: Habib Simaan
    photo: Habib Simaan

Participated in the research process
Khalifa Natour /Qalansawa * Amer Khalil /Jerusalem * Raeda Ghazaleh/ Beit Gala-  West Bank * Nicola Zreina/ Beit Gala- West Bank * Husam Al Azza /Al Azza camp – West Bank, lives in Abu Dhabi * Ashraf El Afifi/ Gaza * Hend Hassanen/ Gaza * Hana Ahmad/ Gaza * Atta Nasser/ Jerusalem, lives in Belgium * Kamel Badrneh/ Nazareth, lives in Belgium * Sahar Khalifa/ Refugee in Jordan * Mousa Al Satri/ Refugee in Jordan * Muhamad Nour Ahmad – Abu Gabi/ Al- Yarmouk camp, refugee in France * Tasneem Farid/ Al-Yarmouk camp, lives in Italy * Mohammad Tamim/ AlYarmouk camp, refugee in Germany * Khulood Basel Tannous/ Haifa * Shaden Kanboura/ Haifa * Henry Andrawes/ Tarshiha * Majdala Khoury/ Mi’ilya * Bashar Murkus/ Kufr Yasif