ON CONTENTIOUS GROUNDS is a devised movement theater piece developed from interviews with Palestinian occupants of the West Bank about their experiences of movement in their daily lives and ancestral histories. How do borders shape bodies? Borders – in the form of walls, laws, guns, language, access to information, and rigidified memories – shape our mobility and experience of the world.
The performance ensemble uses dance, theater, and personal story to investigate intersections between daily life in Occupied Palestine and present-day issues relevant to our own lives. By alternating between the contested borders of Israel and Palestine and the students’ own histories of contested borders, we create an intimate reckoning with the privileges and impossibilities of movement in our world. From civil rights issues to indigenous issues to rape culture, ON CONTENTIOUS GROUNDS asks us to make links between global/political realities and life inside our unique bodies.