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Tania El Khoury (UK/Lebanon/Palestine)


Performed by Basel Zaraa

Janice Levin Mezzanine

Friday, January 4 - Sunday, January 13

Running Time : 15 minutes

Members and Partners: $25
Full: $30 + fees 

This performance is for one ( 1 ) person at a time. Click on the calendar date to see the full listing of performance time slots.  All seating is ADA wheelchair accessible.

Photo by: Nada Zgank

Our fingertips facilitate touch and sensations, but are also used by authorities to track many of us. In today’s Europe, a refugee’s journey can be set as far as their fingertips take them. The Dublin Regulation mandated a fingerprinting database across Europe for all refugees and migrants. This regulation often means that a refugee is sent back to where their fingertips were first recorded, without any regard to their needs, desires, or plans.

The refugee will mark the audience by drawing on their arm. The marking can be kept or washed away.

Tania El Khoury commissioned musician and street artist Basel Zaraa who was born a Palestinian refugee in Syria to record a rap song inspired by the journey his sisters made from Damascus to Sweden. Through touch and sound, this intimate encounter explores empathy and whether we need to literally “feel” a refugee in order to understand the effect of border discrimination on peoples’ lives. 

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Commissioned by “On the Move” LIFT 2016 in partnership with Royal Court Theatre, London. 

Additional support for AS FAR AS MY FINGERTIPS TAKE ME provided by Select Equity Group Foundation.

Support for the DEVISED THEATER WORKING GROUP (DTWG) provided by Jerome Foundation. Support for UNDER THE RADAR provided by Select Equity FoundationVirginia & Timothy Millhiser, and The W Trust. Season support provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation

The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.

Created by Tania El Khoury
Performed by Basel Zaraa
Music by Basel Zaraa (vocals, bass, and keyboard) with Emily Churchill Zaraa (vocals), Pete Churchill (music production) and Katie Stevens (flute and clarinet)