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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

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WASWASA - Whispers in Prayer
Birmingham Hippodrome

Runs from Thursday, August 25 to Saturday, September 03.

Birmingham 2022 Festival presents Soul City Arts in association with Birmingham Hippodrome, University of Birmingham and University of Warwick.

WASWASA - Whispers in Prayer is an immersive theatrical experience by artist Mohammed Ali that explores the act of Islamic prayer and what that means in a modern, secular society. The physical act of prayer now extends beyond religious spaces to places such as parks and city-squares; it spills over into our everyday worlds. It is even visible in sports arenas with athletes prostrating to the ground or raising hands to the sky in moments of triumph. Can we draw parallels between an act of personal faith and our quest to achieve a higher state of focus?

The audience is invited to walk through a combination of live performance, art installation and projected film zones that disrupt the conventions of theatre, placing them at the very heart of the story. Mohammed Ali together with his Soul City Arts team aim to demystify this familiar yet misunderstood tradition of Islamic prayer through an extraordinary multi-disciplinary show that will challenge our perceptions.


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Workshop: Breakups in Britain: Gender, Class and Romantic Rupture in an Age of Emotional Peril
RHS, London
Fri, 30 Sep '22 

One-day workshop and ideas-exchange, RHS, London

The period following the introduction of no-fault divorce in 1971 was one of unprecedented relational turmoil - within and outside marriage. This workshop explores relationships and their failure, threatened or real, in late 20th century Britain from a variety of perspectives. Questions addressed include: how can thinking about relationship strain and failure, and its causes, redraw our analysis of the balance between the personal/psychological and the social/cultural and political/legal? How does gender shape breakups, or the sense of relationship failure, and the emotional response to it? How did people make sense of and choreograph their relationship endings, and how did this process work alongside changes in gender politics, legislation and legal norms, including conciliation and mediation? What does the changing history of relationship breakups reveal about selfhood and autonomy? How did those in couples deploy or use emotional strain to excuse or bring about breakups, and how was the aftermath of the rupture assimilated into their lives?

Remaining spaces are limited, those interested should contact