Trilogy looks at the idea of “place” as a space that holds memories, hopes, disappointments, aspirations, experiences, moments of anguish and joy. The work takes place in three parts: starting in the courtyards of Suzanne Dellal Centre, moving onto the stage, and into video dance that moves through the market of the Old City of Nazareth – each part traveling a temporal and spatial line between past and present, history and memory, life and dance.
This video is an excerpt of a full evening-length work.
Shaden Abu Elasal is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer, living and working in Nazareth where she has established educational programs and projects in dance. She is guided by the desire to develop the art of dance with an emphasis on Arab society, creating a free space for her students to grow, for professional development, and specialized accompaniment in the field of performing arts and dance. She has a bachelor’s degree in dance from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (2001). Shaden performed with the Inbal Dance Theater 2001-2005. She is the founder of the Nazareth School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, supported by the Municipality of Nazareth, where she served as director until 2016. In 2012, she established and directed the first international contemporary dance festival in Nazareth. She established and directed the Aida Contemporary Ballet and Dance School, through the Almedina Association which she also initiated. In 2019, she founded the Shaden Dance Company, a professional dance troupe.