Borrowing elements from Palestinian folk belief and superstition, Quest for Spouse
directs its attention to magic, healing, play and longing. The performers are not
professional actors but children acting out the different formulas of folkloric tales.
The characters played by the children include the Bride, Mother, Homeland and the
Sign language, text, spoon instruments and song convey the setting of the performance from beginning to end. A girl signs the names of Palestinian wells, springs and caves, believed by locals to be inhabited by saints and demons; spirits that are both good and bad, of human, supernatural and/or animal nature: EinFlefleh, En al Araq, Ein al Hadjar, En Wadied-Djai, En Haddju, En al Qasr, En al Lozeh, En ed-Djoz.
Performers: Wurud Shamasneh (Bride), Rebhy al Karaky (Mother),Yasmina Nusseibeh (Falasteen), Sereena Nusseibeh (The Ghouleh/Guardian)
The artist would like to thank: Maha Abu Qutteish, Nahed Rehab, Izdihar Mohammad A’leyan, Nadia Harhash, Raed Saadeh, Al Hakawaty Theater, Selene Harb, Evelyn Harb, Clemense Abboud, Khadijeh Kanambo, Eileen Daily (Kiah School for the Hearing Impaired), Suheir Hammad and Issa Freij (Director of Photography / Editor )
Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation