Talhiya Lapse was developed by Paul Regan as a solo live performance piece which premiered at Cabaret Voltaire at Manifesta 11 in Zurich in September 2016. The performance was included in the Cabaret der Kunstler – Zunfthaus Voltaire programme curated by Manuel Schweiwiller for Manifesta 11 at Cabaret Voltaire — the historic “birthplace” of Dada performances. The title Talhiya Lapse refers to the Arabic for entertainment or diversion and pertains to the laws in Saudi Arabia which restrict womens rights; in this case, the performance relates to the law which until 2013 enforced a total ban on women cycling. This law was then changed to allow women to cycle for “entertainment” or leisure but not as a form of transport, e.g. for commuting.
Article from The Guardian by Nabila Ramdani [03.04.13]. Saudi Arabia’s religious police are encouraging women to cycle, but not to go anywhere: they must be in parks, covered up, accompanied by a male relative. See article here.
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Talhiya Lapse 2
Performed at Manifesta 11 at the Pavilion of Reflections on Lake Zurich, September 10, 2016. Thanks: Christian Jankowski for encouragement and Aiden Condron for performance support. #manifestaDotOrg #PavilionofReflections #offWorkonLake
Talhiya Lapse 3
Talhiya Lapse 3, City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia [ES], 2016.
Talhiya Lapse 4 [cancelled]
The performance of Talhiya Lapse 4 which was to take place in Brussels on March 28, 2017 was refused a permit for public presentation by Ville de Bruxelles Culture Dept. on the grounds of:  the public face-covering ban and  political connotation.
Talhiya Lapse 5
Collaborative performance in Documenta 14 with Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens in Cuddling Athens at National Museum of Contemporary Art [EMST] in Athens Greece, April 10, 2017.
Talhiya Lapse 6
Talhiya Lapse 6 was performed The Inaugural International Autonomous Biennale (Cf), a project by Jeanette Doyle in “The Digital Aesthetic in Utopia of Access” for GradCAM @ The Research Pavilion at The Venice Biennale. September 29 to October 1. Paul Regan represented Saudi Arabia in a performative painting piece at the Saudi Pavilion on Sunday October 1st at The Research Pavilion. #researchpavilion
Talhiya Lapse 7
Talhiya Lapse 7, Lido beach Venice, October 2017.
Talhiya Lapse 5 [Miami] & 9
Talhiya Lapse 10
Talhiya Lapse 11
Talhiya Lapse 11, Sofia Underground, National Palace of Culture, Sofia BL 2019. Photo: Nikolai D. Nikolov.
Talhiya Lapse 12
Talhiya Lapse 12, Performance Crossings, Metronome, Prague CZ 2019. Photo: Mirek Fokt.
Work-in-progress at C32 Performing Art Workspace Venice with Preema Nazia Andaleeb, Cecilia Lentini and Paul Regan at DIS-SENSUS workshop by VestAndPage, hosted by Venice International Performance Art Week.