Lavender Man | Performance to Camera by Tania El Khouri
Commissioned for and premièred at performingbordersLIVE20, Lavender Man is an online conversation between two artists Tania El Khoury and Mohamad Ali “Dali” Agrebi who have collaborated on three performances. Each performance happened in a different country and brought them closer. Their collaboration has changed their lives sometimes drastically and sometimes unintentionally. Lavender Man is a reflection on friendship, chosen families, the long effect of collaborative and community-based art, and the right of love and movement.
The online screening of Lavender Man was followed by a conversation between Tania El Khoury, Mohamad Ali “Dali” Agrebi and Professor Harriet Hawkins. You can watch it here: https://performingborders.live/pbchannel/lavender-man-qa-with-tania-el-khouri-mohamad-ali-dali-agrebi-professor-harriet-hawkins
Broadcast date: 24th October 2020
Publishing date: 14th November 2020
Commissioned and presented by performingborders and Foreign Actions Productions for PerformingbordersLIVE20.
Supported by Live Art Development Agency and Arts Council England
Tania El Khoury is a live artist creating installations and performances focused on audience interactivity and its politics. She is a Distinguished Artist in Residence of Theater and Performance and co-director of MA in Human Rights & The Arts at Bard College in New York. Her work has been translated and presented in multiple languages across the world. She is a 2019 Soros Art Fellow and the recipient of the Bessies Outstanding Production Award, the International Live Art Prize, the Total Theatre Innovation Award, and the Arches Brick Award. Tania holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London. She is co-founder of Dictaphone Group, a Lebanon-based research and performance collective aiming at questioning our relationship to the city.
Mohamad Ali “Dali” Agrebi is a Tunisian theatre artist and LGBTQI+ activist living in Malta. He collaborated with various international artists as a performer and co-creator. His latest creation Would You Like to Dance With Me? was an interactive street performance with a group of asylum seekers. Dali worked on different campaigns with minority rights organisations in Tunisia and Malta. He currently acts as a committee member of Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement.
Featured image credits: Screen shot courtesy of Tanya El Khoury.