How Does Khashabi Theatre Produce a 'Dual Presence' of Palestinian Urbanism? Ghosts and Memory in Its First Season, Haifa, 2015-2016

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Abstract

This article casts a spotlight on Khashabi Theatre, one of several independent Palestinian venues in Haifa. It explores Khashabi's dramaturgical-performative discourse with ghosts, and thereby examines how it produces a 'dual presence' of Palestinian urbanism: the ghostly presence of victims of history who were uprooted from the city, and the presence of the contemporary community that, by converging at the theatre, plays a key part in the revival of urban leisure culture. The article discusses the particular location of the theatre in the city and the dramaturgical characteristics of the two plays staged in the first season. It also examines the objects and the actors' bodies as elements that evoke and conjure up ghosts, and shows how artistic practice, which allows alternative places to be established, plays a key role in the struggle for the 'right to the city', which is also the struggle for the 'right of return'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-141
Number of pages19
JournalTheatre Research International
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Jul 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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