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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2003 11:26 pm 
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Palestinian dance troupe thrills L.A.
By John Beacham for Workers World

Performing a politically charged mix of traditional and theatrical dance, the Palestinian Ibdaa Dance Troupe is currently touring the U.S. in support of the Ibdaa Cultural Center. On July, 3, the youthful dancers opened their tour in Los Angeles to a packed house at the La Mir ada Theatre. In a huge outpouring of love and respect for the Palestinian struggle, over 1,000 angelenos came out in support of the dance troupe and cultural center.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2003 9:33 am 
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Writer 'Kabuls' together a tale of Afghan chaos

Hedy Weiss
Chicago Sun-Times

Rarely has a play been so timely and at the same time so upstaged by its timeliness as Tony Kushner's "Homebody/ Kabul." <a href=http://www.suntimes.com/output/weiss/cst-ftr-stage17.html target=_blank>more</a>


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2003 8:30 am 
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Making an argument that culture plays a big role in rebuilding a nation:

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Experts Can Help Rebuild a Country

ALEXANDER STILLE
NY Times

... The choice to rely so heavily on cultural anthropologists in the rebuilding of a defeated enemy has particular resonance now as the United States struggles to rebuild a stable and viable Iraq, a country that, like Japan, is seen as both impossibly foreign and forbidding. <a href=http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/19/arts/19RUTH.html target=_blank>more</a>


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2003 12:15 am 
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Press Release, 21 July 2003

Ibdaa dance troupe on US Tour

Ibdaa is a Palestinian youth dance troupe from Dheisheh refugee camp, near the city of Bethlehem in the Israeli occupied West Bank. Ibdaa is a project of Ibdaa Cultural Center (www.dheisheh-ibdaa.net), which provides educational and cultural activities for the children and youth in the refugee camp. The dance troupe is made up of 18 young men and women, aged 15-18.

Ibdaa performs dance pieces that tell the history, struggle and aspiration of Palestinian refugees by intertwining debkeh, traditional Palestinian dance, and theatrical choreography. Since its founding in 1994, Ibdaa has performed in over ten European and Middle Eastern countries, conveying their message for peace, and building a bridge of friendship and solidarity.

The Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA) is sponsoring the 2nd nationwide performance tour of Ibdaa, the renowned Palestinian youth dance troupe from Dheisheh Refugee Camp, West Bank, this July and August. Ibdaa's youth will tour eight major cities in the United States, performing at local theaters and visiting with communities, as they did in their successful 1st US national tour in 1999.

The current tour also features singer Michael Franti, the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company, and Melanie Demore from Linda Tillery's Cultural Heritage Choir.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2003 6:36 am 
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Art Under Occupation

BRITA BRUNDAGE
Hartford Courant

The Mideast and the United States have at least one thing in common--the voice of the working class is most often left out of the news. <a href=http://www.ctnow.com/entertainment/stage/hc-nmm-fairfield-arts_brief-26421.artjul25,0,4342639.story?coll=hc-headlines-arts target=_blank>more</a>


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2003 1:44 pm 
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From July 25 to Aug. 1, LAMP will travel to the Mideast on a mural-painting mission that gives artistic expression to the struggles of those living in, and fighting against, Israeli occupation.
I hope they'll also give artistic expression to the stuggles of those Israelis who live in constant fear of being murdered by terrorists.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2003 10:16 am 
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Is America ready to see its military satirized?

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Chicago Tribune

It was the best of timing, it was the worst of timing. <a href=http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/arts/chi-0308020341aug03,1,7882491.story?coll=chi-leisurearts-hed target=_blank>more</a>


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2003 7:23 am 
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Ballerina couldn't be 'prissy' around other road warriors in Iraq


S. THORNE HARPER
Columbus Ledger-Inquirer

Army 1st Lt. Ivy Miller didn't do much dancing in Iraq. <a href=http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/enquirer/6580219.htm target=_blank>more</a>


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2003 3:42 am 
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"It's tough standing in line for three hours to use a phone and have it go down on you two minutes later. That can be frustrating. But you suck it up and deal with it," said Murphy, 26, of Lakeland, Mich.

Glad this was the worse it got for Ms Murphy. I wish it was as good for the local Iraqi dancers and dance students, struggling with the rest of the population from lack of water, electricity and basic security.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2003 7:47 am 
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I feel sorry for the troops and their families,and sorry for the suffering that the people of Iraq are feeling during our occupation.
Regardless of where anyone stands political, I think most everyone wants peace now, but i have a bad feeling that it will be a mess over there for the next 5-10 years at least.


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The Choreography of Occupation
Dance, Exclusion and Cultural Policies. By NICHOLAS ROWE for Counter Punch

"You're either with us, or against us."....

Do we, as dance artists of the world, agree?

Well, we can say "Yes, Mr.President, we've got Scheherazade and belly dancing now, the rest of that culture just seems angry and bearded. We are also scared of this terrorism thing. Unleash your dogs if you must."

I want to speak to you today from a part of the world that is often lumped in the "against us" side of President Bush's equation. The Occupied West Bank, or Palestine, where I have been working for several years now on dance development projects with children.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2003 4:00 am 
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That article contains points that, at best, are half-truths, but as they don't relate to dance, I'll not post them here.

If anyone wishes to contact me privately, however.....

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Chicago Metromix -

'Carmen Funebre' an intense collage of the agonies of war
By Chris Jones
Tribune arts reporter

Men perched on stilts are usually benign creatures, associated with bright colors, circuses and comedic vulnerability. But in "Carmen Funebre," the intensely disturbing piece of anti-war performance art created and executed by Teatr Biuro Podrozy of Poland, the huge stiltwalkers are menacing, marauding storm troopers whose trajectories are terrifying.

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U.S. Latino Troops March to Salsa Beat in Iraq

By SAUL HUDSON
Reuters

The music ends, the crowd roars in approval and Cesar returns to his spot by the dimly lighted bar, sitting down with a satisfied grin next to his helmet, flak jacket and semi-automatic rifle.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2004 7:58 pm 
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As most of you know, I've tended to lean against unnecesary war -- I infact personally find most wars unnecessary -- but given my personal and family experiences, my heart goes out to the troops, especially the veterans disabled by callous administrations. What bugs me is why are so many people who claim to support the troops who don't?

I just received a letter from the Disabled American Veterans that asks "Did you know that almost 97% of Americans look the other way when we ask for help?" Sad... And it's so easy to do at www.dav.org/donations.

I am proud to say that while I oppose most wars, I'm among the 3% who give every year to America's disabled veterans.


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