Umama Hamido
Zarqaa al-Yamama

Umama Hamido (b. 1987) in Lebanon currently based in London, is an artist and filmmaker. Her work addresses lived and shared experiences of immigration, as she questions our relation to traumatic spaces, how the formation of the self is affected by separation from homeland and the exile’s gaze.  

Umama Hamido has a BA in Theatre from the Lebanese University, and an MA in Performance from Goldsmiths University. She has presented her work at various galleries across the UK, including Turner Contemporary, Modern Art Oxford, Toynbee Studios, Mosaic Rooms, New Art Exchange, and at festivals including Otherfield Documentary Festival, SPILL Festival, Dublin Live Art Festival, Rencontres à l’Échelle Festival, and Arab Women Artist Now Festival. She also performs in collaborative projects of others and teaches and translates Arabic.

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Dance Performance
Al Madina Theatre, Beirut
Duration 1h
Fatme, a dance performance by Ali Charhrour. (Dancers: Umama Hamido & Rania Rafei).

An interactive contemporary dance performance explores the aesthetics of music appreciation within Arabic culture and how it manifests as body expression among the Arab youth today, particularly in relationship to Beirut, a focal point for many young Arab artists and art appreciators. The songs of Um Kulthum are used as the testing ground for this project’s study, being equally familiar to the dancers participating and the audiences alike as the most exalted artistic and social expression that has shaped Arab cultural taste.

Fatme dance Trailer: