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 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?
Riham Isaac is a performance artist who brings together a range of practices — acting, singing, dancing, video and explores new mediums of live performance and multidisciplinary arts. Riham's practice reflects on what it means to be producing innovative artistic work in Palestine in the current moment. Her work is playful and a profound commentary on a wide range of pressing issues related to gender, politics, and arts.
Riham has extensive experience leading and creating artistic projects. In 2017, she co-directed The Alternativity with Oscar-winning Director Danny Boyle & Banksy which was featured as a programme on BBC Two. In 2016, she directed & produced I Am You, a multi disciplinary performance that toured Palestine, Sweden & Denmark. In 2014, she performed during Qalandia International Biennale 'Stone on Road’.
She is an MA Graduate from Goldsmiths 2013 in Performance. She is also the Founder of ‘Art Salon’ which is an independent art space in the old city of Beit-Sahour that brings different community members to the space to promote art practices.
Press & Reviews
A wonderful work. Funny and touching and with some real surprises - not least the singing! Riham Isaac explores 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.
Cast & Creative Team 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
Commissioned by Belfast International Arts Festival