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Tania El Khoury (UK/Lebanon)

GARDENS SPEAK

Friday, January 6 - Monday, January 9

GARDENS SPEAK is an immersive experience in an environment that includes earth, low light and sound.

NYU Tisch School of the Arts Abe Burrows Theatre

721 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

Members and Partners: $20
Non-Members: $25 + fees

Running Time: 40 minutes


Photo by Jesse Hunniford

Across Syria, many gardens conceal the dead bodies of activists and protesters who adorned the streets during the early periods of the uprising. These domestic burials play out a continuing collaboration between the living and the dead. The dead protect the living by not exposing them to further danger at the hands of the regime. The living protect the dead by conserving their identities, telling their stories, and not allowing their deaths to become instruments of the regime. Gardens Speak is an interactive sound installation containing the oral histories of ten ordinary people. Each narrative has been carefully constructed with the friends and family members of the deceased to retell their stories as they themselves may have recounted it.

London- and Beirut-based artist Tania El Khoury creates installations and performances in which the audience is an active collaborator. El Khoury’s work has been shown on five continents, in spaces ranging from museums to cable cars. She is the recipient of the Total Theatre Innovation Award and the Arches Brick Award.

taniaelkhoury.com

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Production Manager Jessica Harrington
Research Assistant & Writer (Arabic) Keenana Issa
Calligraphy & Tombstones Design Dia Batal
Set Design Abir Saksouk
Sound Recording & Editing Khairy Eibesh (Stronghold Sound)

Co-commissioned by Fierce Festival, Next Wave Festival, and Live at LICA. Developed through the Artsadmin Artists’ Bursary Scheme. 

Additional support for Gardens Speak is provided by piece by piece productions.

PROGRAM

IN CONCERT

INCOMING

600 HIGHWAYMEN (USA)
The Fever

NIKKI APPINO & SAORI TSUKADA (USA)
Club Diamond

BELARUS FREE THEATRE (BELARUS/UK)

Time of Women

THE BENGSONS (USA)
Hundred Days

TANIA EL KHOURY (UK/LEBANON)

Gardens Speak

MARGA GOMEZ (USA)
Latin Standards

MANUAL CINEMA (USA)
Lula del Ray

EKO NUGROHO AND WAYANG BOCOR (INDONESIA)
God Bliss (In the Name of Semelah)

PHILIPPE QUESNE (FRANCE)
La Mélancolie des Dragons

RIMINI PROTOKOLL (GERMANY)

Top Secret International (State 1)

KEITH A. WALLACE AND DEBORAH STEIN (USA)
The Bitter Game

WATERWELL (USA)

Blueprint Specials

PROGRAM

IN CONCERT

INCOMING

CHAMPAGNE JERRY FEATURING NEAL MEDLYN 
(USA)
In the Champagne Room

JOMAMA JONES (USA)
Black Light

ERIN MARKEY (USA)
Erin Markey: Boner Killer

PWR BTTM (USA)
PWR BTTM

PROGRAM

IN CONCERT

INCOMING

BECCA BLACKWELL (USA)
They, Themself and Schmerm

RYAN J. HADDAD (USA)
Hi, Are You Single?

AYESHA JORDAN + CHARLOTTE BRATHWAITE (USA)
Shasta Geaux Pop

NEW SALOON (USA)
Minor Character

JAMES ALLISTER SPRANG AS GAZR (USA)
Life Does Not Live