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Female singer, songwriter, actress, writer and cultural activist. Half Palestinian, half Bulgarian, living in Israel.

Mira Awad- Full CV

" This music, with its entrancing sensuality accentuated by the singer’s guttural crooning, was intensely seductive, and I felt drawn into its mysterious spell. Although her songs can be happy, the predominant mood suggested ancient sorrow built into the music.
Whether expressing a desire for peace and reconciliation or personal longing, Ms. Awad evoked a world of division, of lovers torn apart, of people waiting for the dawn with a complicated mixture of despair and hope. When Ms. Awad explained the songs in English or translated passages, the sentiments tended to sound banal. But when she sang in Arabic, primal feelings that may be impossible to translate into any language came to the fore."

Stephen Holden, the New-York Times.

 

Mira Awad:

Date of birth 11.6.1975

Languages: Arabic, Hebrew, English, Bulgarian.

Currently living in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

 

Actress, singer and songwriter. Born in Rama village in the Gallillee, 1975, to Palestinian father-Anwar, and Bulgarian mother-Snejanka, between two brothers-Alan and Sinan. She grew up in a politically involved family with high humanitarian values, from an early age she spoke out for women's rights, for equal citizenship for Palestinians living in Israel, for the two state solution and for Environmental awareness. And she continues to be an activist for these causes, and a big believer in dialogue and co-existence.

She started singing from an early age, and performing from the age of 9. Her musical influences include Arabic music, Bulgarian traditional music, Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Antonio Carlos Jobim, music from all Mediterranean cultures: Greek, Spanish, Turkish, Lebanese and so on. At the age of 15 she started writing her own songs which are a fusion of all the different influences.

She finished high-school in Rama village, and then moved to Haifa and studied Fine Arts and English Literature for two years, while performing with her Rock band Samana (our sky) which she wrote the music for. Afterwards she moved to Tel-Aviv and studied music at Rimon School for Jazz and contemporary music, 1996-2000. And later studied in the Body Theatre School with a scholarship from the America-Israel culture foundation. Also participated in theatre improvisational workshops in Israel and the UK sponsored by the BIArts, British Council.

 

Theatre:

Mira started a career in acting in 1999 when she performed in the Arabic speaking musical called Ad'kor (I remember), telling the story of the Galilee occupation in 1948, written by the Galilee originated poet Shakib Jahshan, composed and directed by Nabil Azar. From there she continued into a successful theatrical career on Israeli stages, working in both languages: Arabic and Hebrew, and the occasional English and even Italian speaking production.

She works with the Arabic-Hebrew theatre in Yafo, a theatre that is established on the principal of co-existence between the two cultures, in the productions: Dual Solitude, a collage of Jewish and Palestinian poems (also performed in La'Mama theatre in New-York), The committee for truth and reconciliation (a concept taken from a production made in South Africa for reconciliation following the Apartheid). The queen and the soldier (a play based on the Suzan Vega song telling the story of a soldier coming from the battle field to the Queen's castle to ask why there is war), and Creation (prize winner in Acco theatre festival ,also performed in La'Mama theatre, NY), she currently appears in Eyes, a play based on texts by the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, which she also composed the music for.

Mira also participates in an Italian production based on Isabel Allende's book The House of Spirits (in Italian), primierred at Dell'orologio theatre, Rome, Italy. And ventured into the modern dance with the production Hold the light for me, a dance piece by Mimi Wisenberg with live music composed by Menahem Wisenberg, performed by dancing singers and a contrabass.

Mira played the part of Eliza Doolittle in the acclaimed musical My Fair Lady which was produced by the Israeli Opera house, a role that brought her to the Israeli nation-wide awareness.

 

• From the reviews: “Mira Awad was blessed with a fascinating voice and so was ensured of a successful performance as Eliza Doolittle. But the perhaps even more important revelation is her ability to shape Eliza from the inside. She was stormy, rude, crude, and sometimes even repulsive in her first scenes. Yet at the same time, her awakening curiosity was quite obvious – the sense that something else that takes even her by surprise, is taking place within her. So when she comes to ask Higgins to teach her to speak properly, Awad’s Eliza has already signaled to us that her personality is what is seeking to burst out of its cocoon, long before Higgins or Pickering pick up on it.” By theatre critic Tzvi Goren.

 

Mira worked as an actress in the Cameri theatre of Tel-Aviv for 6 years, in the productions: Plonter, Shirat Hakameri (musical), Makom Aher Ve Ir Zara (musical), Ze Hayam Hagadol (The big sea), and The return to Haifa, based on a story by Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani.

And for her work in the Cameri theatre she won the Edna Flidel scholarship for young actors.

 

• From the reviews about The Return to Haifa: “Mira Awad is all of human pain. She makes the air around her quiver from so much pain. She is ready for the moments of accepting judgment. She wants her son but is almost willing to escape. Awad plays the part so movingly that it is hard to describe.” By Dan Lachman.

TV:

Mira appeared on the successful TV series Arab Labor, a satire portraying the reality of Palestinians living in Israel.

Noah's Ark, a quality drama series by director Rany Bleier. Guest appearances on the comedy Life is not everything, and on the Israeli soap opera Hasufim (exposed) as herself.

Mira also hosted TV programs and game-shows for youth on channel 1 and on the Israeli Educational TV, on programs: Sahtein, Yots'im mehakelim, Sabres, The trail of tales.

She created and co-hosted a bilingual lifestyle TV show called Ahla Yom (fine day) together with fashion designer Yuval Caspin.

She also created and hosted Mira.net, a talk show in Arabic for channel 33.

Currently, a TV drama written by Mira Awad is being produced for Israeli channel 1.

Mira participated in the high rating Israeli version of Dancing with the stars 2010.

 

Cinema:

The Bubble by Israeli director Eytan Fox.

Al'zendiq by Palestinian director Michel Khleifi.

Zaytun by director Eran Riklis.

The Dove Flyer by director Nissim Dayan.

Family, by director Roni Keidar.

After he loved, a short movie by Oshri Zeituni.

 

Radio:

She edited and presented the radio program Terminal on Al'Shams radio (the sun radio). And co-hosted the program Friday at 9 with Emanuel Rozen on Radio 99. Edited and presented a world music radio show on radio 88 called Online.

 

Music:

In music she collaborated with Israeli world-music artist Idan Reichel in two of his albums, with Greek star George Dalaras, with Israeli Hip Hop singer Guy Mar, with international Opera star Andrea Bocelli, and with the legendary king of improvisation Bobby McFerrin.

Also recorded the theme songs for movies:

Forgiveness by director Udi Aloni, and Lemon Tree by director Eran Riklis.

She has also been working with Israeli international star Noa (Achinoam Nini) for the last twelve years, the collaboration started from the Beatles song We can work it out that appeared in Noa's album Now, then continued into the duet A word which appears on Mira's album Bahlawan-Acrobat, musically produced by Amos Ever-Hadani. Later on, the two singers represented Israel in the Eurovision song contest 2009 with the duet There must be another way. The duet was written by Mira, Noa and musical producer Gil Dor, in three languages: Hebrew, Arabic and English. And in consistent alignment with all their collaborations it describes the urgent need to find a way for communication and resolution between the Israeli and the Palestinian people. The duo won the NIF Human Rights for Arts and Culture award 2010.

She performed in The Liberty Medal Ceremony in Philadelphia, where Bill Clinton handed the 2010 liberty medal to Tony Blair.

Alongside all the artistic work she does, she is also a photographer and had a photo exhibition of some of her work called We didn’t have a sea there. Also won a prize for costume design for a children's play The summer vacation, and is chosen artist for Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation (IcExcellence) since 2008. Mira also expresses herself in pottery work.

Mira won Best music award in the Masrahid monodrama contest 2010, for music she composed for the theatre play Not Noah's Ark.

She won Composer of the year award for the music she composed for the theatre piece Eyes based on texts by the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (Also performed in “Between the seas festival”. New-York, July 2013).

The music later became the soundtrack for a documentary called Write down, I'm an Arab about the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, made by director Ibtisam Mara'ana.

Mira also won the PODER (Women in power) Reconciliation Award, by abc* foundation, Miami, 2014.

 

Discography:

  • Bahlawan (acrobat), 2009 produced by Amos Ever-Hadani. Label: Helicon.

  • There must be another way- Noa and Mira Awad 2009, duet album. Label: Universal records.

  • All my faces 2011,  produced by Spanish musical producer Carlos Jean. Label: Sony Spain.

  • Write Down, Soundtrack, 2014. Label: LabelFree.

 

Awards:

  • Edna Flidel Award for Promising actress.

  • Chosen Artist for Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation (IcExcellence) since 2008.

  • Best Music for theatre piece "Not Noah's Ark" at Masrahid monodrama festival 2010.

  • First prize winner of ISC (International Songwriting Competition) for World Music category 2012.

  • Composer of the year, 2013 Golden Porcupine award, for theatre play "Eyes".

  • PODER (Women in power) Reconciliation Award, by abc* foundation, Miami, 2014.

     

Email:

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Website:

www.miraawad.co

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