Az Theatre is collaborating with artists from Trinity Laban in presenting:

Letter from Gaza the corridor

On Thursday 19th February at 7pm in Trinity College of Music at the former Royal Naval College in Greenwich

This work will form a part of The Moving Gallery which itself is a part of a festival called In the Moment at Trinity Laban.

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Letter from Gaza - the Corridor
has many inspirational roots and impulses. It is inspired by Gassan Kanafani's poetic short story about his niece's amputated leg and why he has to stay in Gaza (published by Heineman London 1978 in a collection called Men in the Sun: Short Stories). Born in 1936, a renowned Palestinian poet and writer, Kanafani was killed in a targeted assassination by the Israeli secret service in 1972. Our work is also inspired by Az Theatre's partnership with Theatre For Everybody, a company based in Gaza with whom we have developed a project called GAZA DRAMA as a sequel to Az's WAR STORIES project. Our collaboration was originated by the performing artists, dancers and musicians brought together by Az Theatre's WAR STORIES and a Trinity Laban research project in July 2007 where the creators of this piece first encountered each other. Equally, the corridor at Trinity College of Music is a provocation and inspiration as well as a setting.

Vanessa Abreu - Director/Performer
Melodie Gonzales - Performer
Noura Sanatian - Violin/Performer
Tim Sampson - Percussion/Performer
Andrej Gubanov - Film/Performer
Jonathan Chadwick - Director

STATES developed from the WAR STORIES: Alcestis Stories of Recovery and Dialogues with DeathTRINITY LABAN. This show with music composed by Douglas Finch is ready for its final composition, development and production phase. international programme of workshops and from a research project with London dance and music conservatoire


Az Theatre is continuing its work on WAR STORIES: Alcestis and developing a piece of work called STATES. Visit

This is the next phase of WAR STORIES. We are planning to commission Douglas Finch, Canadian born keyboard virtuoso and composer, who wrote the music for Jonathan Chadwick’s productions of TRANSPLANT (2001) and NIRVANA (Gologan Productions 2005) to write the music for a new theatre piece based on Alcestis by Euripides and the development research which Az accomplished in 2006. The show will be strong on music, dance and movement and will be produced for an international tour in 2007/2008.

In July we carried out a major research and development on this production with graduates, students and artists from TRINITY LABAN. We are producing a short video, pursuing our work with TRINITY LABAN and awaiting an outcome of a bid to the Arts Council of England for a grant to develop the project.