Break Us Free

10 min.         Premiere 25. 12. 2020
Contemporary Dance, Female Dancer, Women’s empowerment, Youth & Teen empowerment
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Cast

Concept: Rana Madanat
Producer: Studio 8, Rana Madanat
Choreography: Rana Madanat
Performance: Rana Madanat, Rimas Milhem, Jenna Abdul Alteef
Videography: Amr Abu Eitah
Movement Advisor: Anas Nahleh
Production adviser: Xiaoman Ren
Sound editing: Jalal Khaled Bokadj
Photography: Xiaoman Ren, Reema Shatat, Amr Abu Eitah
This production has been realized as part of “Choreography Creation Camp” (CCC) organized by Studio 8, with the support of Drosos Foundation, EUNIC Jordan and European Union in Jordan.

This is a performance inspired by Laban Movement Study.

“This dance piece is born out of my reflection of reading an article of on Womanly Live.com. In the article, a survey showed that 1 in 2 women around the world has given up on their dreams. As a Jordanian female dance artist of eleven years of practicing in my country, I believe that one of the reasons for so many women to give up their dreams is that ‘their dreams’ do not fit traditional definitions of ‘success’ in their societies.”

— Rana Madanat (Choreographer)

Cast:
Concept: Sanad Abu Assaf, Anas Nahleh, Aya Nabulsi
Producer: Studio 8 & Al Muthana
Choreographer: Anas Nahleh
Sign language interpretation: Al Muthana
Dance: Obada Asse, Hasan Alresheq
Movement consultant: Abd Al Hadi Abunahleh
Film maker: Arthur Tainturier
Photography: Xiaoman Ren, Reema Shatat, Arthur Tainturier
This production has been realized as part of “Choreography Creation Camp” (CCC) organized by Studio 8, with the support of Drosos Foundation, EUNIC Jordan and European Union in Jordan.
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My Inspiration

"I would love to start the introduction of this project with a quote, 'Freedom is being you without asking permission.'
 
 
I have been preparing for this piece for a long time, long before I joined the incubation program organized by Studio 8.
 
I have been dancing, teaching, choreographing since 2009 and these two young lady dancers taking part in this project, Rimas, and Jenna, who are now in their mid-teens, have been learning dance from me for more than five years.
 
Since October 2020, we have been rehearsing nearly every other day for this piece, aiming to create a 30-minute-trio. "
— Rana Madanat (Choreographer)

Story Behind

"Here is the Storyline of how three of us composed our movements:
 -How to stand
 -How to sit
 -How to speak
 -When to go back home
 -Who to be friends with
 -Which career to seek
The choreography we created reflected our perspective on how our society demands certain standards for females. It is a glimpse of the internal struggles that society burdens females with and once we acknowledge that it is then that society evolves as a unit.
 
Therefore, I hope through watching this trio, Jordanian women and girls are at edge of giving up their dreams among the audiences, could feel something, could search for their internal strength, eventually find their own way of self expression and the possibility of breaking free from society chains."
— Rana Madanat (Choreographer)
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