Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities, in collaboration with Twelve Gates Arts, and the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations present The Contest in Context: Eye to Tip, a virtual program in which dancers and choreographers Mukaddas Mijit and Hussein Smko grapple with questions of emotional resonance in a physically distanced reality.
The two artists perform a dialogue of movements via Zoom, experimenting with the boundaries of digital intimacy and challenging themselves to embody the beauty and failure of long-distance communication. Mijit is an ethnomusicologist, filmmaker, and performer born and raised in the Uyghur homeland. Now living in Paris, she is the creator of several documentaries and short films about Uyghur culture. Smko is a dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker currently based in NYC and born in Kurdistan, Iraq. He is the founder of Street Wolves, the first hip-hop dance group in Kurdistan.
This event is part of Hurford’s programming offering background and insights into The Contest of the Fruits, a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural project taking inspiration from a nineteenth-century Muslim text written in Uyghur.
The event is free, and advance registration is required.