A perfectly safe hide-out (2011)

A perfectly safe hide-out (2011)

Siljeholm/Christophersen/Meen Halsøy

Dance artists Siljeholm/Christophersen and visual artist Mari Meen Halsøy were invited to create a site-specific performance for the Beirut Street Festival 2011 in Lebanon. ‘A perfectly safe hide-out’ draws upon questions and situations inspired by ”real life” conditions, politics, social structures and (hi)stories of society. Combining dance, visual art and music, the project sets out to explore common perception of our surroundings linked to the location in which we are.

The Barakat House is a 1924 masterpiece. It used to house upper middleclass families until the outbreak of the civil war in 1975, when it became a vantage point for snipers due to its strategic location on the dividing ʻGreen Lineʼ. This is the first and last performance being staged in the building, which is scheduled for restoration to accommodate the ʼMuseum of Memoryʼ, tracing the 7000-year history of the city of Beirut.