Home at the heart of show
Dubai performers put on a unique stage show
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