Crowdfunding Campaign - Dance in Palestine: Spotlight on the Differently Abled

Yante spearheads this international dance production in collaboration with the Abu Rayya Rehabiliation Center, Dance Ability Mexico and Tareq Abboushi

Youth, Art & Levante of Palestine are giving center stage to the Differently Abled working with choreographer Maria Arroyo Menendez, director of Dance Ability Mexico and Palestinian/American Composer Tareq Abboushi. This performance gives the spotlight to some of the normally marginalized elements of society providing the stage for the wheelchair bound working in conjunction with Palestinian dancers in this international collaboration. Through intensive training over 2 months the 'dancers' physical, emotional and cognitive processes transform self-perception and challenge the stereotypes and prejudices of the audience at large.

The world premier is in Ramallah in the West Bank of the Occupied Territories, Palestine. The setting and the performers offer a new narrative for a fragmented and marginalized society rebuilding identities through creative processes. Working with the differently abled under such circumstances sends a strong message of the resiliency of the individual's, and the community's, ability to transform personal and collective trauma, transcending conflict and, in turn, offering the world a message that in the most adversarial conditions there is a common ground for humanity which can flourish through the performance arts.

We appeal to all of you who have been touched and blessed to know someone whose physical capacities are different than the norm, to those of you who understand the complexity of the situation in Palestine and wish to support creative non-violent solutions to a seemingly intractable political situation, and to those of you who simply love the arts and dance. Your support to help us bring this performance to the stage, with the highest professional standards, will serve as testament to the world that there is a solidarity among all people working toward establishing the playground of our commonalities where the wall between self and other is being dismantled in the name of peace, piece by piece



Your generous contributions will go directly for:

Full coverage a Handicapped Person: $250:

  • Transportation Costs: 135$
  • Training Clothes: 35$
  • Costumes and Props: 80$ 

For your generous contributions we humbly offer a variety of perks as listed in the contribution section.

If you are passionate about the arts, equality, justice, freedom, peace, and building a common ground to express our common humanity please share this campaign with your friends, family, colleagues and adversaries alike. Share this page on your social media page with the convenient tools Indiegogo makes available. 

We truly appreciate your support!

شكراً، تسلم يداك - - Herzlichen Dank - Thank you - Merci - Grazie - Gracias - Obrigado – Tak


Founded by Palestinian Dancer, Educator and Choreographer, Nadia Arouri,the Non-Profit Organisation Yante – Youth, Art, and Levante is registered in Austria and Palestine. Yante has produced several very successful performances - always focused on the marginalized members of society including street children and child laborers in their performances "Exile" and the famed "The Rite of Spring", as well as victimized women, and the differently abled - the focus of our current project. Working in conjunction with renowned choreographers, dancers, educators, and musicians Yante has gained the respect and support of the local and international community and has partnerships with such institutions as The Goethe Institute, The Austrian Cultural Forum, The Palestinian Circus Schools, Birzeit University, British Council, Ruwwad Al-Tanmiya and many other fine institutes and organzations. In 2013, Yante was also nominated to the prestigious King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation and Achievements, and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations – “Living Together Peacefully in a Diverse World” prize.

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