ABOUT
RANIA LEE KHALIL

Rania Lee Khalil makes performances and moving image for live audiences. Her artworks reflect on the beauty and disappearance of indigenous plant, animal and human (culture)s.  Her embodied and research based practice interweaves reflections on ecology, third world feminism, post coloniality and healing. In her videos she explores lo fi and analog systems of making. Originally trained in dance, somatic movement and Butoh, Khalil brings a sense of quiet and movement to her performances and moving images. 

Her original works have been seen in places including The Judson Church, La Mama Galleria, Martin Segal Theater, Utopia Station and The Ontological-Hysteric Theater in New York; Aomori Art Museum Japan, Al Ma’mal Contemporary Art Foundation Palestine, Zawya Cinema Egypt, Kiasma Museum for Contemporary Art Finland and the 56th Venice Biennale. She is completing her practice based doctorate at the University of Arts Helsinki, Theatre Academy and teaches in the MFA program at Parsons, The New School.







Awards include NYFA (US), Kone Foundation (Finland), CIMO foundation (Finland), Erasmus Mundus (Europe), Fund for Women Artists (US), Zebra Poetry Film Festival (Germany)

Rania's artistic research has been made possible with the generous support of the Kone Foundation.

The daughter of Egyptian immigrants to the U.S., Khalil lived and worked in Cairo, Egypt between 2007 and 2016. She has since returned to Brooklyn, NY and is the mother of one child.

(Education) Khalil attended Simon's Rock Early College of Bard and completed her B.A. at Hampshire College. Interested in healing in the aftermath of 9/11, she earned a Master's degree in social work and community organizing from Hunter College in New York City, and postgraduate training in the Diversity program at Ackerman Institute for the Family. She received a second Master's degree in International Performance as Research from the University of Warwick, England, followed by a practice based doctorate in performance at the University of Arts, Theatre Acaademy, Helsinki, Finland.