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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.
For full tour details, click here