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 Post subject: El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe
PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 7:49 am 
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Palestinian Dreaming: Resistance and Joy
by GIA KOURLAS for the New York Times

"People think of us as being in a box," said Omar Barghouti, who is the company's dance trainer and one of its choreographers as well as the tour's artistic director, "but Palestinian dance isn't just about one form."

The company, formed in 1979 to preserve Palestinian culture, was not always as revered as it is today. In its beginnings, occupation authorities viewed El-Funoun negatively. "We were persecuted in many ways," Mr. Barghouti recalled.

published: December 2, 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 5:58 am 
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Good to see this Palestinian group getting good coverage in the NY Times. Interesting to read that they are including creative new work along with the traditional folk dance.


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