Palestinian artist and art manager with several years of experience in dance, Sharaf DarZaid was born in Palestine in 1987.
In parallel with high school and college, Sharaf was –and still- a dancer with El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe, Palestine’s leading dance group, dancing in different international professional dance production and festivals.
In 2012, Sharaf graduated with an M.A. in Art Management from the Utrecht School of the Arts, Netherlands. Currently, Sharaf works as projects coordinator at PAC and coordinating the Palestine International Festival (PIF) and other projects. In addition of being a dancer since he was 14 years old, Sharaf also a folkloric and contemporary dance choreographer and trainer for different dance troupes in Palestine.
Sharaf, can you tell me the life-changing performance that you either watched or participated in?
Dance is a necessary and vital part of my identity. I believe that art, in general, is intertwined with and influenced by social, economic, political and intellectual factors and, therefore, that it can play an important, even indispensable, role in transforming human lives and ethically challenging conditions of injustice and oppression.
From this point, I co-produced and danced in “Degrees of Grey” production. Here's short video clip of the production.