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Memory of Birds

Tania El Khoury

May 4–7, 2023

Add to Calendar2023-05-04 5:00 pm2023-05-04 7:00 pmEDTMemory of BirdsMaple Trees on Manor Avenue,
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Memory of Birds is an interactive sound installation in trees in collaboration with a trauma therapist and migrating birds. The work explores political violence that literally and figuratively gets buried in contested lands. A guided somatic experience, Memory of Birds is a work that eats itself, designed to be forgotten.


May 4 from 5–7 pm, on the half-hour
May 5 from 5–7 pm, on the half-hour
May 6 from 1–6 pm, on the half-hour
May 7 from 1–3 pm, on the half-hour 


This experience requires participants to be able to lie flat for 30 minutes in a hammock-like structure, suspended approximately 2′ off the ground. One step is required to transfer to the structure.

Artists & Creative Team

Tania El Khoury, Lead Artist & Narrator
Thena Tak & Ross Adams, Space Design
Fadi Tabbal, Music & Sound Design
Laila Samy, Singing Voice
Coral Franchi LCSW, SEP, Guided Somatic Experience
Haitham Haddad, Illustration & Graphic Design
Oscar Gardea, Mask Design
James Stenhouse, Dramaturgy
Megan Byrne, Production Stage Manager


Tania El Khoury is a live artist creating installations and performances focused on audience interactivity and its politics. She is a Distinguished Artist in Residence of Theater and Performance and Director of the Center for Human Rights & the Arts at Bard College. Tania’s work has been presented in multiple languages across six continents. She was a 2019 Soros Art Fellow and the recipient of the Bessie Outstanding Production Award, the International Live Art Prize, the Total Theatre Innovation Award, and the Arches Brick Award.

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