As Far As Isolation Goes is a collaboration between live artist Tania El Khoury and musician and street artist Basel Zaraa.
Reimagined for an online context during the UK’s coronavirus lockdown, the piece is built from their original collaboration entitled As Far As My Fingertips Take Me, in which El Khoury commissioned Zaraa to record a rap song inspired by the journey his sisters made from Damascus to Sweden.
In As Far As Isolation Goes, Zaraa and Tania worked together to create another iteration of their previous piece focused on mental and physical health experiences of refugees in the United Kingdom. Zaraa created a song inspired by conversations with friends and colleagues who have recently claimed refuge in UK. In this live-streamed, 1-on-1 performance, As Far As Isolation Goes uses touch, sound, and interactivity to bring audience members in contact with those faced with inhumane detention centres and a mental health system that disregard their political and emotional contexts.
Work originally commissioned by Sick of the Fringe 2019. Online version commissioned by GIFT 2020. Produced by Artsadmin.
Song Conception: Basel Zaraa
Music Production: Peter Churchill
Vocals and Lyrics: Jazzar & Shamma
Wall Writing: Iqbal Steaz
|9–11 October 2020||As Far As Isolation Goes (Online)||Journeys Festival|
|9 September – 4 October 2020||As Far As Isolation Goes (Online)||NYUAD, Zoom||Abu Dhabi|
|1–3 May 2020||As Far As Isolation Goes (Online)||Gateshead International Festival of Theatre|