The Performance Series

The Other Story Performance Series is one of several art productions stemming from the project's story collection that explore themes such as travel and strangers, family, career choices, love, loss, grief, self reflection, and resilience, to ultimately shed light on our shared humanity.

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Live Performance Art: I Am You


The Other Story Project honors all the different accounts, emotions, fonts, genres, and voices in its collection. It joins Flow Exhibition in a circle, all equally aligned, to be part of the experience and to nourish the flow of narratives, the vulnerability, the growth, and the ‘aha’ moments.

Fifteen different stories from the project’s story-collection are selected to shape the life of our protagonist. His life story is thus the experiences of various individuals who shared their stories at different times throughout the lifespan of The Other Story Project. It is thus a melting pot of possibilities. It is us, and it is you.

The method used in script writing is inspired by the Undesirable Elements method of Ping Chong + Company, which is “an ongoing series of community-specific interview-based theater works examining issues of culture and identity.” The “Undesirable Elements” presents a chamber piece of storytelling that weaves individual experiences together in a chronological order; a “seated opera for the spoken word.”

Script Writer: 

Fatima Al-Banawi, with reference to fifteen stories in the story collection of The Other Story Project.

Voice Coach:

Nada Al-Mojaddedi.


Hakeem Jomah, Nadia Malaika, Bakor Al-Tayar, Sarah Taibah, Lujayn Al-Yamani, Summer Shesha, Ahmed Al-Mojadidi, and Fatima Al-Banawi.
Later joined the Arabic performance: Mohanna Tayeb, Bayan Jamal, and Saleem Al-Homsi.


With 37 participating artists, Flow Exhibition introduces to the art scene new emerging artists alongside established ones. It is co-curated by Qaswra Hafiz of Hafez Gallery and Noor Al-Dabbagh of Banafsajeel, at the Beydoun Exhibition Space in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.


Hafez Gallery + Banafsajeel


February 2 – March 2, 2017

Performance Video Art: A Blink of an Eye


As part of the project’s performance series, “A blink of an Eye” is a video performance piece that presents five stories from the collection, weaved together to address ordinary lives effected by different circumstances. Presenting them as ordinary lives is not an understatement, it is rather an open invitation to a realization of our shared humanity, and of a real and honest connection.

In the portrayed social, educational, existential, psychological, and political settings, we trace humans experiencing a great change in circumstances at a blink of an eye. Has your life ever been altered at a blink of an eye?

Idea and Direction: Fatima Al-Banawi

Script Writer: Fatima Al-Banawi, with reference to five stories from The Other Story Project collection

Artwork Name: A Blink of an Eye 

Type: Video Installation

Narration & Performance: Fatima Al-Banawi

With special thanks to Director Ali Al-Sumayin, and Director of Photography Moath Al-Thaheri, for their unconditional support and dedication to this pursuit of human connection.


Makan, a Private Cultural Diwan 

Institut Du Monde Arabe

Galleries & Exhibitions: 

Hafez Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

BIENALSUR – 1st Art Biennial of South America

Film Festival:

Festival des Cinéma Arabes 


  • February 8 – March 8, 2018
  • June 28 – July 8, 2018
  • 2019

Solo Performance Art: Amours Saoudiennes


Artist, project creator, and story collector Fatima Al-Banawi, conveys to Paris “Amours Saoudiennes,” in the project’s third performance piece, and the first to take place outside of the stories’ home base, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

In yet a new attempt to revive the celebrated Arab oral tradition, she invites her audience to a theatrical recital traveling through public and private spheres, communication barriers, and the notion of “having found and having lost,” around a chandelier of love stories.

Idea and Direction: Fatima Al-Banawi

Script Writer: Fatima Al-Banawi, with reference to five stories from The Other Story Project collection

Artwork Name: Amours Saoudiennes

Type: Solo Performance Art 

Language: French and Arabic

Translation: Miloud Belataris & Paul Fargues

Narration & Performance: Fatima Al-Banawi


Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France


Performance Art Festival: Do Disturb


April 6 – April 9 2018

Café Pop-Up Performance: On the Seat Next to Me


The last performance art piece follows the style of a flash-mob; it is an unannounced pop-up that travels around coffeeshops in town. This piece is a product of seven stories from the “Self-Reflection and Growth” theme, weaved together to voice dialogues with the self that could very possibly be the internal voices of those sipping coffee and sitting quietly in their corners. It aims to disrupt the atmosphere of public cafeterias and showcase the psychological and social ties that bring us closer to strangers on neighboring seats.

The movement is henceforth sudden, random and improvised, and it depends on the wishes of the performers (storytellers) to come closer and approach those around them through their stories.

Idea and Direction: Fatima Al-Banawi

Stories: The Other Story Project

Script Writer: Fatima Al-Banawi


Abrar Azzouz, Hakeem Jomah, Abdulrhman Alaseri, Abdulwahab Nagro, Fatima_albanawi, Nada Almojadedi


Abdulrahman Ibraheim


Coffeeshops and Spaces where the pop-up took place: IT Café, Miraki Café, Alf Wad Creative Space

Starting Date: 27 October, 2018


Your Name:

Your Email:

Address of Space:

How did you hear about The Other Story Project?

FamilyFriendCommunityStumbled upon a station somewhereMet the person behind the stories

Did you share your story?

Type of Space:

CompanyCorporateDesign HouseNon-ProfitResidenceRestaurant/CaféCommunity CenterSchoolCollegeAfter school educationRecreational CenterBazaarLibrary/Book StoreWalk WayGallery


Reason for hosting:

EventRecurring eventOne time eventEmployee recreational meetingCreative community engagement

Date of Hosting:

Duration of hosting (specify days, weeks or months):

Estimated number of participants (in total):


Would you like to include the talk?

I would you like to invite Fatima Al-Banawi, the person behind the stories, to give a brief talk about the project.I would not like to invite Fatima Al-Banawi, the person behind the stories, to give a brief talk about the project.

* Hosting a station includes one or more wooden stands, pens, papers, poster, clip boards, and a story collection box.

* All collected stories at your space are the sole property of The Other Story Project and are to be collected by a representative of the project.