RASSEGNA STAMPA: ANSAmed - PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: FIRST CIRCUS SCHOOL FOR KIDS - RAMALLAH, SEPTEMBER 5


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PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: FIRST CIRCUS SCHOOL FOR KIDS ***
(ANSAmed) - RAMALLAH, SEPTEMBER 5 - Despite the difficulties faced in daily life, Palestinians still want to laugh, entertain and dream. As such, a circus school for children has just opened in Ramallah in a unique experiment in the region to train jugglers, trapeze artists and acrobats and help children forget the difficulties. The first students, 15 Palestinian children aged between 16 and 28, made their debut several days ago with a performance in the town theatre. The show, titled Circus behind the Wall, registered great success. Now the young artists will become teachers themselves and will pass on to other children the circus art. The idea for the initiative belongs to Shadi Zmorrod, a 27-year-old Palestinian director. "The project was born about a month ago. Shadi sent emails throughout the world and contacted volunteers like me ready to teach the circus art to children," Grazia Dentoni, 33, said. Dentoni is from Italy's Cagliari and taught the children in the Ramallah-based circus school. At present the teaching staff also includes two French, Patrice and Maloe, an American, Joe, and two Palestinians, Yasmine and Abdallah. Jessica, a Belgian girl, takes care of the administration. The circus does not have a tent and that is why the debut performance of the troupe was hosted by the Ashraf Theatre in Ramallah which was crowded on both evenings. "It is a miracle, because here it is difficult to make people go out. The audience included people of all kinds, veiled women, men and children," Dentoni said. On the stage the 15 young artists, with their acrobatics, springboards, monocycles, crossed the security fence which separated the Palestinian territories from Israel. Two twins on a trapeze exchanged an olive branch over the fence while a clown dressed as a soldier circled the room with a gun calling the audience to order. "We tried to tell in an ironic way the difficulties faced in the daily life here in Ramallah, check points, humiliation, soldiers. And the fence. The audience had nothing to do but laugh. It was like a catharsis," Dentoni said. The next performance is scheduled for October 6, 2006. "Now we must work to find funding and new volunteers to teach. Shadìs ambition is to be able to take the children out of Ramallah. Presenting the show in Europe would be a dream come true," Dentoni said. (ANSAmed). KWK-RED
05/09/2006 19:10

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