Dancer, Choreographer, & Art Manager
Sharaf DarZaid is a Palestinian artist and art manager. DarZaid is a dancer, trainer and choreographer with El-Funoun Palestinian Dance Troupe. Additionally, Sharaf has danced in various local and international professional dance productions and festivals. DarZaid train youth groups at Popular Art Centre (PAC) dance school, co-coaching “Training of Trainers” courses, giving Palestinian folkloric dance and contemporary dance workshops, and train youth dance groups in marginalized communities.
Sharaf started a new dance style “AfroDabke”, that becoming popular in Palestine, which is a mixture between Palestinian folkloric dance “Dabke” and Cameroonian African dance. Since 2014, Sharaf gives AfroDabke classes in Palestine.
Recently, Sharaf choreographed the Palestinian Jerusalema Dance Challenge Video “AfroDabke” that spread a lot: https://www.facebook.com/PopularArtCentre/videos/2783819298569754 Sharaf DarZaid completed the International Baccalaureate in high school, and then went on to study at Birzeit University, graduating in 2009 with a B.A. in Business Administration.
In 2012, Sharaf graduated with an M.A. in Art Management from the Utrecht School of the Arts, Netherlands. In 2015, he published his book “Art Management in an Environment of Oppression.” Sharaf works with PAC, responsibilities include coordinating Palestine International Festival, the Dance School, among other projects.
This session presents perspectives that address the impact of political oppression on dancers and cultural organizations in Palestine, the development of a Romani dance archive – RomArchive Dance – discussing the role and contribution digital technologies make towards supporting and strengthening situated, local, or cultural knowledges and practices, and the experience of a Turkish artist’s […]