Gliff is a weaving of time and place and sound and bodies. Initiated six years ago in Alabama, the work reflects how our individual volumes of change, grief, and love intersect. We wonder about the impact of our racialized bodies in this time. We are listening. The choreography was made first and music was made last, with many layers of composition and dialogue in between.
May I Take Your Picture? is part of a series of collaborative works by Amir Zaheri and filmmaker and choreographer Rebecca Salzer created in response to the global crisis of forcibly displaced people. In May 2016, Salzer and Zaheri traveled to Greece, where they visited the unofficial refugee camp at Idomeni. 12,000-15,000 refugees were trapped on the border of Macedonia, where they had been stopped on their intended journey into northern Europe. Three days after this footage was recorded, riots broke out in the unofficial refugee camp, and police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Ten days after this footage was recorded, police evacuated and bulldozed the camp, relocating fewer than half its residents to official government camps. The other residents of this temporary camp fled into the neighboring fields to evade government detention. May I Take Your Picture? documents one moment, one place, and a chapter in the plight of refugees in Greece that has now passed. The response as artists is impressionistic. The collaborative pair hopes it adds texture and dimension to the audience's understanding of this ongoing humanitarian crisis.