Human beatbox and vocal magician Yuri Lane presents this "coolly extraordinary" travelogue of peace. Part of a series designed to increase dialogue and understanding between local faith communities, supported by multiple religious organizations across Marin • FREE
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Co-Sponsored by The Community Congregational Church of Tiburon, Congregation Kol Shofar, Congregation Rodef Sholom, First Congregational Church-Sonoma, First Presbyterian Church-San Rafael, First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo, International Association of Sufism, Islamic Center of Mill Valley, Islamic Center of North Marin, Jewish Community Relations Council, Marin Interfaith Council, Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, Saint Raphael Church & Mission San Rafael Arcangel, and Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Human beatbox and vocal magician Yuri Lane presents this "coolly extraordinary" travelogue of peace. Part hip-hop performance, part street-wise documentary, Lane’s play weaves a vox-pop tapestry of Palestinian and Israeli voices into a mosaic of the Middle East. Against a backdrop of muezzin calls and Tel Aviv traffic, the lives of Khalid and Amir progress with a hip-hop beat and intersect at a West Bank checkpoint. Lane’s play tackles the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, adeptly steering clear of ideology to show the daily lives of young people during the Second Intifada.
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ABOUT THE “SALAAM, SHALOM” SERIES
This event is part of a free program series designed to increase dialogue and understanding between local faith communities, supported by multiple religious organizations across Marin.
To see what programs we presented as part of the Salaam, Shalom series last year, and to access our "Act for Peace" Toolkit, click here.
A production of From Tel Aviv to Ramallah involves human beatbox and performer, Yuri Lane; video artist Sharif Ezzat; a microphone and a projector. It is a funny and engaging look at everyday life amidst the Israeli- Palestinian conflict that has been embraced by audiences in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Chicago, New York, New Jersey and Atlanta.
From Tel Aviv to Ramallah is an hour-long hip-hop play that shuttles back and forth in a day in the life of a young Israeli and a young Palestinian. The show depicts the parallel narratives and lives of Israelis and Palestinians, and exhibits the youth cultures of the Middle East. Yuri Lane is a human beatbox who depicts multiple characters by generating the individual soundtrack of each character through a cappella vocal percussion combined with acting and dance. The set consists of live visual projections composed by multimedia artist Sharif Ezzat.
From Tel Aviv to Ramallah does not take an ideological stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and does not condemn either side. It depicts the nature of life during the conflict and airs the culture and humor that persist despite the political situation. From Tel Aviv to Ramallah shows the ways in which youthful dreams and aspirations are rendered hopeless for both Palestinians and Israelis due to the nature of the conflict. It is a story about the loss of innocence.
Sharif Ezzat’s visual sets have the gritty and realistic qualities of newspaper photos, which lend a documentary quality to the show. Yuri Lane makes the headlines human by showing the details of family and social life in Ramallah and Tel Aviv. From Tel Aviv to Ramallah touches audiences with its two charming heroes and their simple dreams. It provides an intimate understanding of life in the Middle East and familiarizes audiences with a complex situation.
AWARDS & PRAISE
Voted "Best Beatbox Storyteller" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian's best of the Bay, Yuri drops beats in commercials for TECH TV and in the film, Compulsory Breathing, for which he was awarded Most Outstanding Actor by the Reel One Seattle Film Festival. From Tel Aviv to Ramallah, his one-man beatbox show about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was nominated for best new play of 2003-2004 by the Helen Hayes Awards.
"Lane is not only an accomplished mimic, he's also an acrobat with sound. All the instrumental and percussive music in ‘Beatbox Journey' is created on Lane's lips, the music supplying the evocative connective thread between his main characters." --The Washington Post
"Lane's colorful depiction is so real, his characters so well developed, that you can't help but be moved. His recreation of the cities' bustling marketplaces and throbbing discos is so vivid that you can almost smell the smoke wafting from the hookah pipes and feel the moist heat emanating from the dance floor." --San Francisco Examiner
"From Tel Aviv to Ramallah is a must-see for those interested in finding utopian spaces for peaceful coexistence in contemporary hip-hop culture." --San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Vivid, heartening piece" --New York Times
Yuri Lane (human beatbox and actor) grew up in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashubury neighborhood and began his acting career at age twelve. His teenage years were spent on the stages of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Berkeley Repertory Theater. Yuri studied drama and musical theater at the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts in southern California before returning to San Francisco to pursue a career in film and television. His television credits include Nash Bridges (1997-2000), Party of Five (1998), Mix It Up (2003) and PBS’ Independent Lens (2004). Yuri stars in the independent film Compulsory Breathing (2002) for which he was awarded the prize for most outstanding actor in the Reel One Seattle Film Festival. Other film appearances include Playing Mona Lisa (1999) and Farmer and Chase (1997). Yuri returned to the stage in 1999 to pioneer the genre of beatbox theater. His first solo show, Soundtrack Citycombines his theatrical, dance, and hip-hop talents in a hysterical romp through urban cultures. Soundtrack City ran in San Francisco and New York in 2002 and hit Chicago in fall 2005. From Tel Aviv to Ramallah was inspired by travels in Israel and the West Bank in 1998 and 2000. He continues to tour at theaters across the country with memorable stops at college campuses and at community centers for teen audiences. In addition to performing and teaching, Yuri regularly performs live at hip-hop clubs and beatbox events in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC.
Sharif Ezzat (computer visuals) is an Egyptian-American multimedia artist based in San Francisco. In 1998 he helped found goodfood productions, through which he works in a wide variety of digital media, from web sites and DVDs to interactive kiosks and installations. Sharif develops the artistic dimensions of his work through many collaborations and participation in international exhibitions. His work has been featured in Adbusters online and included in the premiere collection from the Electronic Literaure Organization. Sharif has toured extensively with human beatbox artist Yuri Lane, providing multimedia visuals for Yuri's theatrical and musical performances, as well as showcasing his skills as an emcee and poet. Each year he dedicates a portion of his time to helping produce the Arab Film Festival in the Bay Area, providing print, web, and motion graphics design expertise. Visit Sharif's evolving digital journal at youwerehere.com.
Rachel Havrelock (writer and director) is a professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago where she is a founding member of the Jewish-Muslim initiative. She is the co-author of Women on the Biblical Road: Ruth, Naomi and the Female Journey (University Press of American, 1996) and is currently working on a book about the mythic-history of the Jordan River as a border. Raised in Detroit, Rachel earned her degrees in California: a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz. The script of From Tel Aviv to Ramallah reflects the years that she lived in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Ramallah.