to the MIC Muhammad Taha, Nor Hadiani Ismail, Salima Lalani, Muhammad Qaiser Fatmi.
I' m Taha. The way it is.
The TAHA is inspired by the history of the famous Israeli writer Taha Muhammad Ali. Its poesy is about the experiences of Palestinians, its history corresponds to the history of one and a half million Palestinians who stayed in their home country after 1948. It is not the drama of a writer, but the victory of his lifetime.
One thing that makes the Taha Muhammad Ali storyline so singular and peculiar is that it is the storyline of a writer who did not stop to love for a second. This piece is also inspired by Adina Hoffman's novel "My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness". Part of Taha was designed at Sundance Institute Theatre Lab 2015 at Sundance Resort.
AMER HLEHEL is an actress, stage designer and dramatist living in Haifa. Wrote several pieces, among them "Taha" (Best Production- Asiatic Art aword- Edinburgh 2017), "Lanterns of The King of Galilee" (an adaption of a novel by Ibrahim Nasrallah), "Juha and Bahlol". Ala Hlehel (Kinderspiel), "What the Story is All About" et "Almushakhesati - the Player" (avec Firas Khateeb et Ala Hlehel).
Among his many appearances are Caliban in Shakespeare's "The Tempest" in David Farr's Royal Shakespeare Company staging of Stratford-on-Avon; Abu Altayib in "Goats" at the Royal Court Theatre, London; Truffaldino in "A Servant of Two Masters "; and Dr. Hlehel's work as a filmmaker on Israeli films:
He has worked as a theatre and movie producer for "What the Story is All About", "Breaking News", "Finding the Dream", "Thanks", "Prayer" (on video) and most recently "Altagreeba". He is the head of the Arab Cultural Association in Haifa and a graduate of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program. Muhammad Ali Taha is the beautifully upbeat image of the Palestinians - of all of us.
Taha documented in his cherished verse the promising survive after 50 years of bereavement - losing his house, his mistress, his boyfriends and his store in Saffureh in Galilee. Starting with Adina Hoffman's novel "My Happiness Bear' No Relations to Happiness" and on the basis of the poet's work, the author and actor Amer Hlehel has produced a soloper formance that combines Tahas unique and exclusive poetics with his convincing voyage through time.
Listed by Hlehel in Arab and British, TAHA is a powerful expression of the grief, humour, stamina and gentle humour of this exceptional man and musician.