Performing Immobility in Contemporary Palestinian Theatre

Irene Fernandez Ramos


After the Oslo Accords (1993-1995), Palestine has witnessed the consolidation of a closure regime that limits the freedom of movement of its population. This system has positioned Palestine in a marginal position within the global patterns of mobility and has had an impact in the internal social dynamics and in artistic representation. More concretely, theatre can portray, represent and challenge this process of immobilization. Through the analysis of the play Confinement, produced by Al-Harah in 2010, this paper will analyze how theatre can open new spaces of representation which allows alternative narratives within the intricate panorama of the Israeli occupation.


Theatre; Palestine; Immobility; Space; Margins

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Irene Fernandez Ramos is a PhD candidate within the Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS) at SOAS, University of London. In 2012, she started a PhD thesis about the impact that movement restrictions imposed over the Palestinian population after the Oslo Accords—understood in physical, psychological and social terms—have had on the representations of space in dramatic production. Her working title is “Performing Immobility: Space, the Individual-Collective Body and the Narratives of Oppression in Contemporary Palestinian Theatre.”