Home at the heart of show

Dubai per­form­ers put on a unique stage show

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS - chris.fraser@7days.ae Catch In­vis­i­ble Cities at The Fridge, Al Quoz, 3.30pm and 7.30pm on Satur­day. 04 347 7793

A s one half of the ac­claimed Dubom­edy com­edy school, Mina Lic­cione is nor­mally as­so­ci­ated with laughs. But the New York-born per­former, who also spe­cialises in tap dance and chore­og­ra­phy, has a dif­fer­ent kind of show in store this week­end.

In­vis­i­ble Cities is a thought pro­vok­ing, multi-act per­for­mance that will fo­cus on the con­cept of ‘a place called home’ through words and rhythm. Farah Chamma (spo­ken word artist, ac­tress), Dana Da­jani (ac­tress, poet, writer) and Vic­to­ria Amador (writer, ac­tress) will also per­form solo shows, with Beat­box Ray and sound­scape designer Ah­mad Mol­ham Makki pro­vid­ing the sounds.

Mina ex­plains: “The idea for home just kept pop­ping up in my brain. It’s very in­ter­est­ing. A lot of peo­ple here will talk a lot about home.

“Whether go­ing back home or mov­ing to a new home or say­ing that this is our tem­po­rary home. The word keeps com­ing up in con­ver­sa­tion.

“So I de­cided I wanted to bring to­gether a group of re­ally tal­ented and passionate artists to start a con­ver­sa­tion - what is this thing called home?

“For ex­am­ple, if you ask some ex­pats here, they of­ten say they are go­ing ‘home’ for the sum­mer but then as soon as they hit ‘home’, they start talk­ing about go­ing back ‘home’ to the UAE af­ter the sum­mer.”

Mina first started think­ing about the con­cept while vis­it­ing refugee camps in the re­gion with her hus­band, the stand-up comic Ali Al Sayed.

One of Mina’s three per­for­mances as part of the show is a mono­logue based on moth­ers she has met at a num­ber of refugee camps, and how a tent in crowded con­di­tions can be­come ‘home’ for fam­i­lies.

There’s hu­mour in there too, with Mina also per­form­ing an amus­ing mono­logue from a bath­room, based loosely on her grand­mother and how that pri­vate room played an important role in the fam­ily home.

As you would ex­pect form four per­form­ers, there are some very dif­fer­ent takes on the word.

Mina ex­plains: “These are four very dif­fer­ent women and when I put on the ta­ble the topic of home, their ideas and thoughts went into very in­ter­est­ing places.

For ex­am­ple, Vic­to­ria, a writer and ac­tress, talks about how life on the road feels like home - how she has been to so many places. She loves mu­sic and so equates all these places she’s lived with mu­sic - it is like a mix tape and the road trip of these mem­o­ries is more about a jour­ney than a des­ti­na­tion. “Farah is a spo­ken word artist and her piece is very deep and very passionate - she keeps go­ing back to the im­age of her mum and the em­bryo. When­ever you are sick you go into the foetal po­si­tion, and when­ever you are sad you do the same. It is an in­ter­est­ing and ab­stract piece.

“Dana is do­ing dif­fer­ent pieces about the air­port and her grand­fa­ther’s home, a very important place to her whole fam­ily. We’re all work­ing with the one word, and we’ve come up with very dif­fer­ent takes on the sub­ject.”

THOUGHT PRO­VOK­ING: Mina Lic­cione (far left) and the gang will be putting on a se­ries of per­for­mances based around the theme of Home

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