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Memory of Birds

Tania El Khoury

An interactive sound installation exploring political violence through migrating birds.

A person lies in a yellow hammock-style sculptural installation hanging from a leafy green tree. There is a mask over their face
Photo by Maria Baranova

Tania El Khoury’s guided somatic experience, created in collaboration with a trauma therapist, explores political violence that literally and figuratively gets buried in contested lands. Memory of Birds is a work that eats itself, designed to be forgotten.

A yellow image with abstract illustration on, with 'Memory of Birds Tania El Khoury' written in the middle

Interactive sound installation by Tania El Khoury 

Text & Narration: Tania El Khoury
Space DesignThena Tak & Ross Adams
Music & Sound Design: Fadi Tabbal
Guided Somatic Experience: Coral Franchi LCSW, SEP
Dramaturgy: James Stenhouse Mask Design: Oscar
Singing Voice: Laila Samy
Illustration & Graphic Design: Haitham Haddad
Commissioned by Bard Fisher Center LAB Biennial Common Ground 2023

Age guidance: 14+

Duration: 45 minutes

Note to audience: Memory of Birds is a story of bird migration, survival and connection to land. It also refers to experiences of surviving war and colonial trauma. 

Date and time

16–18 May 2024


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Norfolk & Norwich Festival