Telling stories on the stage....
For more than two decades…
I began as an actress in Amman then New York, but I quickly felt limited. I had a lot to say and was not satisfied with acting out someone else’s ideas. Thanks to an assignment to creatively interpret a dream, I began making. From interpretive dance to storytelling, one woman shows and plays.
Of my first creations was Arab Woman Talking (2008) presented with Golden Thread theater productions in San Francisco, the Center for Arab Culture in Boston and at various venues across the USA.
Mytho-modern storytelling performances followed with The Dance of Isis (2008) At the De Young Museum, SF; Carvings on Stone (2009) & Artemis in Jerash (2010) presented in Jordan at Hakaya storytelling Festival. In 2010 I also directed my first play ‘Taman Banat” for Aat Festival…and from there I continued with solo shows and collaborative projects.
Here below is an archival selection of some of my favourites over the years.
Steps of Women
A site-specific improvised performance amidst and interacting with art installation, during ‘Odd gaat vreemd’ at the Musuem Van Bommel Van Dam, Venlo [22.12.2019]
Integratie Cursus 1
A cabaret performance about being an “allochtoon” in the Netherlands; an Arab woman trying to integrate… to little success, of wel?
Language: Dutch <> Arabic and a bit of English.
Skits presented at Het Geluk/Gelijk van Limburg – Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg (2016); De Internationale Vrouwendag – Venlo (2017); DNA van Limburg at De Limburgs Museum (2017); Kleur &Kracht at De Limburgs Museum (2018)
Turaab: Arabic for Sand, Soil, Cemetery. (2015-2017)
A dance without music, a play without words, but where everything is said.
A life span of a woman from childhood to the grave, navigating the way through questions of gods’ promised lands, but the maps are drawn in the sand and the desert wind moves them. The guiding books are no longer there. Only the inner voice remains
Credits include: Theater De Garage, The Netherlands; The United World College, USA, Fundamental Monodrama Festival, Luxembourg, Medrese Monodrama Festival, Turkey; De Balie, Amsterdam.
In the Lost & Found: Red Suitcase
“I was not always a woman, an Arab or a Muslim, these things only came in time, at first I thought I was just… insan: human.”
Language: English and/or Arabic.
A daring socio-political commentary in the era of the Arab Spring. A woman’s journey through language, religion and the media, challenging the status quo, making new meaning and finding autonomy (2010-2012).
Winner of the 2011 Etel Adnan Award for Arab Women Playwrights, Red Suitcase has been translated into Polish and published in Dialog. It premiered in Jordan in March 2011. Credits include the Fundamental Monodrama Festival-Luxembourg; The Sharp Theatre-New York City; Dancing on the Edge festival-The Netherlands, International Women’s playwright Conference-Stockholm.
Dream Mapping Theater
“The Dream Mapping Theater is group of international artists and researchers exploring the language of dreams through contemporary dream analysis and interactive performance. Led by Dr. Kelly Bulkeley and curated by Alisa Minyukova, the project aims to bridge dream science with the creative process, resulting in an ongoing series of collaborative art, film and performance works. “
Full details of performances at:
Dinner for Once
Lana’s first performance in Dutch, sharing the stage with Director and actor Cees Rullens/st. Makadam Theater, in a musical theatre performance, with original compositions by Nard Reiinders. A story about aging, love and loss, dreams and turning back time. Performed in theaters and on-location across Limburg, The Netherlands. (2013-2015)
Live from the Dead Sea
Go with the flow
Director & dancer in performance about dementia with choreograph & dancer Grace Bellel (current)
Choreographer for De Passiesepelen 2015 – Tegelen, with Director Cees Rullens [and again in 2020]
Seven the play
Director, dramaturge and performer in ensemble performance with:
Dima Bawab, Majd Hijjawi, Toleen Touq, Shereen Zoumot, Nadine Shauan, Tuleen al-Saket, Zina Asfour.