Sahar Damoni سحر داموني
Eat Banana & Drink Pills
“Psychological illness does not stem from human beings but it is a reflection of society and wrong civilization.” -Sigmund Freud.
Eat banana and drink pills is a contemporary dance performance about abortion among single Arab Palestinian women. The work focuses on the physical and emotional experience, and the social dimensions for this experience. The work analyses ramifications of this choice and the stigma, trauma, and social violence it carries.
Sahar Damoni is a Palestinian dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. Her body of work deals with the challenges she faces as a woman in Palestinian society. She studied dance at the Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and Arts and danced with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. Her pieces have been presented at venues including Suzanne Dellal Centre's International Exposure, Curtain Up, Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival, Echo Echo Festival Northern Ireland, Movement Research at the Judson Church New York, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in the US and the Stuttgart International Solo Dance Theater Festival. Sahar was invited to participate in Un/Controlled Gestures, a seminar on dance and body politic, organized by the Goethe Institute, Morocco. Sahar has recently been featured in digital formats such as SATURDAY MORNING LIVE SML: Zooma – Dead End by La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club New York and her solo Do Not Tittle Me was presented in Intimadance Festival.
Choreography and Performance: Sahar Damoni
Artistic Accompaniment and Dramaturgy: Nitzan Cohen
Artistic Advisor: Sarah Holcman
Original Music and Editing: Akram Haddad
Lighting Designer: Rotem Elroy
Photos: Asya Skorik
Thanks to Ishmael Houston-Jones, Bryanna Bradley, Guy Hugler, Frida Daniely, Jonathan Hollins Lishay Shechter, Aziza Diab, Rula Nusier, Ibtisam Ammouri, Jumana Bishouty, Mohamad Salim, Maisa Abd Elhadi.
The work was supported by Mifal Hapais and Independent Creators Foundation. The development of Eat Banana & Drink Pills was supported by: The GPS/Global Practice Sharing MENA Exchange Program of Movement Research with funding from the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund; Goethe-Institut , Morocco, within the project Uncontrolled Gestures. The creation of the work was supported by residencies: Yasmeen Godder Studio; Studio Mandel, Yafo; Choreographers’ Circle at Suzanne Dellal Centre; and Shefa-Amer Community Centre.