Body Watani Dance presents TERRANEA

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Body Watani Dance presents TERRANEA

TERRANEA: A dance performance exploring culture and politics of Mediterranean migration, body-as-homeland, and new mythologies of water.

By Body Watani Dance / Leila & Noelle Awadallah

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Thursday, April 6 · 7:30 - 9pm CDT


Red Eye Theater 2213 Snelling Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Body Watani Dance premieres TERRANEA hakawatia of the sea at Red Eye Theater April 6, 7, 8 at 7:30pm.

TERRANEA: hakawatia of the sea

TERRANEA is a dance performance searching for memories inside diasporic bodies to reflect on notions of home while simultaneously asking -- what does the water of the Mediterranean Sea remember? In blurring researched realities and mythology-making, TERRANEA examines Palestinian experiences of occupation, refugee crisis (of land AND sea), and politics around movement and nation within this body of water; only to depart into dream. A sea spirit, Terranea, emerges as mother for those lost in waves — welcoming souls of migrants into a fluid and mythical shared space, world-making endeavors towards imagining a collective home.


$15.00 / $25.00 / $35.00 / $50.00 – pay what feels right to you! These tickets will support Body Watani performers, covering our expenses from this show as well as our upcoming tour to Detroit and Chicago.

Choreography & conceptual vision: Leila Awadallah and Noelle Awadallah

Performers: Leila Awadallah, Noelle Awadallah, Nakita Kirchner, Emma Marlar, Sharitah Nalule, Erica Jo Vibar Sherwood


Original music by Renée Copeland with vocalist Amal Kaawash, oud by Clarissa Bitar, and percussion by PJ Roduta

Co authored story by Romy Lynn Attieh and Leila Awadallah, edited by Romy Lynn Attieh and read by Wafika Loubani and Farah Basyouni, translated by Rana Issa

Lighting by: snem DeSellier

Technical Director: Peter Morrow

The run time of this performance is 60 minutes.

TERRANEA: hakawatia of the sea is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Arab American National Museum and NPN. The Creation & Development Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). To learn more, visit the NPN website.

Leila Awadallah is a fiscal year 2023 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Poster: Original image by Isabel Fajardo, logo by Zaynab Mourad

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