Skywalker DJs at Kahareb
When Skywalker, one of Palestine’s few female DJs is asked if there are any misconceptions about her, she says: “I am a techno DJ – we sometimes run into trouble, but that is just life, I guess. I love to dance and I enjoy the music a lot. This was the easiest, most practical way of doing it – become the DJ.”
Skywalker started playing records in public more than a decade ago, in her teens, at parties around Ramallah. In 2011, she moved to the United Kingdom to formally study audio engineering and music production. She released two albums soon afterwards, and moved to Cairo in 2013 to work as a producer, partnering with an organisation called Eka3 to launch awyav – a publishing agency representing independent artists “Growing up in Egypt has always felt like living in a post-apocalyptic world,” says Ganzeer, an artist and graphic novelist who now lives in New York. “I imagine this must be true for most fallen empires, places where people sort of cobble together their lives against the backdrop of past glory.
“It tends to generate weird, conflicting feelings and attitudes, where one can both take pride in their heritage and culture as well as loathe Otared, When artists around the world are displaced and borders closed, new hybrid theatre forms must be created to provide intimate performances for audiences who might be thousands of miles away.
There are a couple of performances that will be presented at the Arcola Theatre during the Shubbak Festival that offer novel solutions to this problem.
The Solar Grid by graphic novelist Ganzeer, who will speak at The Waking Nightmare. Three Rooms; For the Absent Ones
The Waking Nightmare