Another Lover's Discourse ليه خلّتني أحبك
BY: Riham Isaac
3 years ago, Riham embarked on a journey to explore what it means to love; what ideas do we have about it and what is holding her back from it?
Another Lover’s Discourse ليه خلّتني أحبك is Riham’s first solo performance created and performed by her. She mashes up interviews with friends, family and strangers, combining video, music, performance, and original film to explore the complexity of love and relationships.
This inventive new multimedia performance, from one of Palestine’s most exciting contemporary artists, invites you to think differently about love; to shake off stereotypes, free yourself from old traditions and think about what you actually want.
This irreverent look at romance will resonate with anyone who has ever wondered: is this really all there is?
“Another Lover's Discourse ليه خلّتني أحبك” opened in Ramallah-Palestine at AlKasaba Theatre & Cinematique 24/27 March 2022. The Show was commissioned by Belfast International Arts Festival and will be part of their main Festival’s 60th Anniversary programme in 22-23 October 2022. She is then planning to tour with Another Lover's discourse across the UK and potentially participate in Festivals or platforms around the world that can b a great home for a new female Palestinian led artwork that combines Theater, Dance, Video and Music!
Writer, Director & Performer: RIHAM ISAAC
Video Artist: SIMON CLODE
Composer and Musician: FARIS ISHAQ
Lighting Designer & Technical Stage Manager: FIRAS ABU SABBAH
Set Designer: BASHAR HASSUNEH
Costume Designer: HIND HILAL & AYA ALTAWEEL
Creative Producer: COURTENAY JOHNSON in collaboration with RIHAM ISAAC
A wonderful work. Funny and touching and with some real surprises - not least the singing! Riham Isexplores the expectations of marriage and romance and the dreams that hover beyond them
Danny Boyle, Oscar-winning Director.
Isaac's theatrical work is entertaining, humorous and takes audiences on a journey. Her work raises awareness, encourages debate, and tackles issues of social injustice.
Aser Elsaqqa, Artistic Director AWAN Festival.
I found the performance really engaging. I particularly enjoyed the gentle beauty in your performance, which quietly and therefore more powerfully somehow resonated with heartbreak and something darker. Thank you for sharing it with us at this stage.
Katherine Lazare, Theatre Royal Bath.
I loved your performance Riham, truly talented, and I loved the interdisciplinary nature of the piece. I got hooked on the personal elements of the story and wanted more.
Daniel Kok, Royal Court.
It was a journey into myself, remembering the many attempts to fit in and find romantic, idealised love. Thank you for taking us to that place! I loved the mixed media you used, especially the conversation with your mother!
Commissioned by Belfast International Arts Festival, supported by British Council.With funding from the Palestinian Cultural Ministry and public funding through the National Lottery by Wales Arts International and Arts Council England. Supported by Alkasaba Theatre and Cinématique and Palestinian National Theatre. Special thanks to AWAN, Cultures of Resistance, Popular Art Centre & Amber Massie-Blomfield.