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is a series of 4 episodes revolving around the recent contemporary dance production which premiered in December 2021. The performance marked the launch of SHAMS Dance Company, a new Palestinian dance company under the artistic direction of Jumana Dabis.
Transformations
Label: Music/ Interviews
Authors: Jumana Dabis

TRANSFORMATIONS is a series of 4 episodes revolving around the recent contemporary dance production which premiered in December 2021. The performance marked the launch of SHAMS Dance Company, a new Palestinian dance company under the artistic direction of Jumana Dabis.

Transformations 1 Radio Atheer
Scene 1 Radio Atheer
Dami Mashi Majd Hajjaj
Transformations Radio Atheer

1. The first episode encompasses an open discussion with some of the key artists involved in the production. The director/choreographer facilitates an open dialogue regarding the process of creating the piece, what it entailed to create such a personal piece that pushed all the artists to dig deeper into themselves and their own struggles with life and death. The discussion also touches upon the technical aspects of preparing a production.

2. Episode two is a discussion between the choreographer/director and the singer to talk about the process of creating and recording an original song of Dammi Mashi.

3. Which thoughts and emotions storm through your mind while undergoing treatment for a serious disease; will you make it to the other side? 'Dammi Mashi' is a self-patting song that reflects the strength it takes to push through and overcome the storm.

The song is the outcome of a personal experience with my friend who battled cancer twice in less than two years. Amidst the darkest moments, she gathered her strength and resorted to the creation of a contemporary dance performance about her journey through her newly established ‘Shams Dance Company’, which I am part of. We collaboratively wrote the lyrics inspired from what she would tell herself to find some comfort through her treatment journey. We explored further with voice and movement, and the melody just came to me inspired from her movement and my feelings during our improvisation experience.

Dammi Mashi is my first original song, and I dedicate it to all the warriors who have combatted - or are still combatting - cancer and any other serious diseases, both physiologically and metaphorically…

Lyrics by: Majd Hajjaj & Jumana Dabis
‎كلمات: مجد حجاج وجمانة دعيبس

Singer & music composer: Majd Hajjaj
‎غناء وتلحين: مجد حجاج

Music arrangement & production: Jeries Babish
‎إنتاج وتوزيع موسيقي: جريس بابيش

Song recording, mix & master: Alaa Barghouthi
‎تسجيل ومكس وماستر: علاء البرغوثي

Video concept & production: Majd Hajjaj
‎فكرة وإنتاج الفيديو: مجد حجاج

Camera, art, animation & editing: Majd Darwish
‎تصوير ورسوم، تحريك ومونتاج: مجد درويش

Character choreography: Jumana Dabis
‎تصميم رقص الشخصية: جمانة دعيبس

Portrait: Asma Ghanem
‎رسم اللوحة: أسمى غانم

Technical support: Rami Rabah
‎دعم تقني: رامي رباح

Translation: Nabil Barham
ترجمة الكلمات: نبيل برهم

Co-directed by: Majd Hajjaj, Majd Darwish & Jumana Dabis
‎إخراج مشترك: مجد حجاج، مجد درويش وجمانة دعيبس

Audio version produced with support from Radio Atheer
‎تم إنتاج النسخة الصوتية بدعم من راديو أثير

Majd Hajjaj's official pages:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/majd.hajjaj/
Youtube:

/ @majd.hajjaj
Email: majd.art.official@gmail.com

Jeries Babish:
Instagram: www.instagram.com/jeries.babi...

Shams Dance Company:
Instagram: www.instagram.com/shams_dance...

Majd Darwish:
Instagram: www.instagram.com/m.darwish93/

Asma Ghanem:
Instagram: www.instagram.com/asma_ghanem

4. The last episode is the music prepared for scene one of the performance.

Music by Ragheed al Rifai.

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