Tania El Khoury (Beirut)

entrance € 5,00 | reduced € 5,00

Duration of visit approx. 10min, Start every 15min | Registration at or 089/2805607 is required. | one person at a time

Arabic with English and German translation

  • Rollstuhlgerecht

AS FAR AS MY FINGERTIPS TAKE ME is an encounter between two people separated by a wall who can only touch each other’s hands and arms. On one side of the wall sits the street artist and musician Basel Zaraa. He was born in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian refugees in Syria. Years later his family was forced to flee again. While the audience listen to a song composed by Zaraa, inspired by his sisters’ journey from the camp in Damascus to Sweden, Zaraa draws on the arm of an audience member. Through sound and physical contact, this intimate performance explores the human need to be “touched” by stories of suffering in order to be able show empathy.

Tania El Khoury staged STORIES OF REFUGE at SPIELART back in 2013 and GARDENS SPEAK in 2015, and from Oct 26th to Oct 30th she will be presenting her latest work CULTURAL EXCHANGE RATE at SPIELART 2019.  



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Performance   Migration and Refuge   Participation   Storytelling  

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One-on-one performance by Tania El Khoury Performed by Basel Zaraa Song by Basel Zaraa (vocals, bass and keyboard) With Emily Churchill Zaraa (vocals), Pete Churchill (music production) and Katie Stevens (flute and clarinet).

Tania El Khoury is a live artist whose work focuses on audience interactivity and is concerned with the ethical and political potential of such encounters. Her work has been translated to multiple languages and shown in 32 countries across six continents, in spaces ranging from museums to cable cars to the Mediterranean Sea. She holds a PhD in Theatre Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London. Tania is affiliated with Forest Fringe in the UK and is the co-founder of the urban research and performance collective Dictaphone Group in Lebanon. She presented STORIES OF REFUGE at SPIELART back in 2013 and GARDENS SPEAK in 2015.

Basel Zaraa is a spoken word artist and percussionist who writes on themes of exile and resistance. He has collaborated with a wide range of international artists including Akala, Guildhall youth project (Im)possibilities, Palestinian hip-hop group Katibeh Khamseh, Arabic fusion band Raast and funk band Shokunin. He is part of the cast of PsycheDELIGHT's 'Borderline' satire about the Calais camp, in which he performs original music and DIY sound effects. He is also a visual and stencil graffiti artist. Basel performs in artist Tania El Khoury's AS FAR AS MY FINGERTIPS TAKE ME and has co-created with her a second piece entitled AS FAR AS ISOLATION GOES.

Commissioned by “On the Move” LIFT 2016 in partnership with Royal Court Theatre, London.