Palestinian Innovators: Hanna Tams

Palestinian Innovators: Hanna Tams

On Tuesday, February 1st we met the first guest in our Palestinian Innovators series, Hanna Tams, artistic director and choreographer of Douban Professional Dance.

More about our guest:

Hanna Tams is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher in East Jerusalem. He’s been pursuing dance as a career since around 2002.

You can follow Hanna on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube:

And follow Douban Professional Dance on Facebook and YouTube

Here are a few videos:

You can find a complete list of Hanna’s videos and reports at

From the Presentation/Chat

Hanna’s talk connects well with one of my favorite weeks of The Kumi Calendar, “Art as Resistance”: I’ll be adding some of his dance videos to our YouTube playlist for the week:

I can’t speak for all of Israeli artists, of course, but as an American living here, I’m used to artists/art organizations in other countries being very progressive, and thus anti-war and anti-occupation. So I’ve been surprised in Israel to find many of the artists/organizations I’ve met to be very pro-Israel/Zionist. They may be ‘left’ in an Israeli sense, but that still puts them very much to the ‘right’ overall. The arts village of Ein Hod, literally built on a Palestinian village, is a good example:

By the way, we have our Kumi Calendar going as usual, even though it isn’t a focus of our meeting here. Our topic this week is “Palestinian Citizens of Israel”. The entry is at

And the latest newsletter is at

While the latest Just the Facts is at

And the Kumi Action video is at