Installment 2 of “Contemplating Bethlehem – Light Without; Light Within” explores life in Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, my daughter Maya’s pre-wedding celebrations, the rationing of electricity by the Israelis, and tensions surrounding the ongoing building of settlements in the West Bank.
This post launches a series of reflections entitled “Contemplating Bethlehem,” during a month-long stay in the West Bank, Palestine. Here I explore the sights and sounds of the minarets, and examine some of what is lost following the call of modernization.
The challenge of achieving artistic and life balance is illuminated in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1948 film “The Red Shoes”, and highlighted in my collaboration with dance theater company Ballet of the Dolls’ 2001 and 2002 productions of “The Red Shoes”.
“Elijah in the Wadi” is a multimedia dramatic work exploring the life, times and character of the Prophet Elijah. “Elijah in the Wadi” was first produced at Illusion Theatre in April, 2016, as part of The Right Here Showcase. Two new grants support an initiative to tour the show to diverse communities.
In this post I share my reaction to the current political and social situation in the form of two “narrative soundscapes” from my soundscape created for the dance theater company Off-Leash Area’s show “AfterWind”. “Present – Death Anxiety” depicts the character Death Anxiety in present time, illustrating how authoritarian figures play upon our fears to gain power and control over us. “Coming To” reflects how I will feel from the explosive shock if Donald Trump wins the presidency on November 8.
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Craig Harris is the Artistic Director of Interference Arts and is a composer, performer and writer who has been at the forefront of several creative waves, including computer music development, electronic arts evolution and arts-based community development initiatives.Learn More