Azade Shahmiri: Tempor(e)ality
In her lecture-performance Azade Shahmiri examines the historically imagined representation of the West and at the same time reflects on the position of an Iranian performer on a European theater stage today. Shahmiri's notion of whiteness goes back to her studies of Iranian plays and how the West is represented in them. Since theater as an art form arrived in Iran in the 19th century, it has been a progressive tool in the hands of playwrights: They were pioneers in times of enlightenment and socio-political changes. As a new means of communication, plays quickly became a medium that described the present and testified to the past. It is fascinating how this Western phenomenon of theater became a modern means of portraying, praising and also criticizing the West. Plays began to construct the West and create an imagined reality of it. As it was for the first generation of Iranian playwrights, theater today is still a place where the unbearable reality of today can be reimagined - remembered, re-read and re-performed without nostalgia for the past.
AZADE Shahmiri (director, writer and performer, Tehran/Iran) holds a BA and MA in Theater studies from Tehran University. Her book Postcolonial Theory and Criticism was published in 2010. She works on solo performances (international) and group projects (national). Her solo performances Damascus and Voicelessness have been shown at the Zürcher Theaterspektakel and Kunstenfestival DesArts, among others. Azade was artist in residence at Theaterformen Hannover 2011, on the jury of Theaterspektakel 2012 and at the Asian Arts Festival in South Korea. Her latest work Quasi premiered at the Wiener Festwochen 2021.
CONCEPT, TEXT, PERFORMANCE Azade Shahmiri LIGHT Saba Kasmaei TECHNICIAN Nazanin Mehraein OUTSIDE EYE Isar Aboumahboub
Nora Amin: My Dance
Nora Amin liberates the so-called belly dance from the sediments of history: she inverts the voyeuristic and exoticized perspective into a perspective of one's own body and history, allowing the audience a new view. My Dance is an attempt to shift power, a reflection on female sexuality, the erotic self, and patriarchal oppression, as well as the impact of colonialism and racism on belly dance and on the image of women that goes with it. The solo is also a personal testimony of the author, choreographer and director, who traces her own body history between Egypt and Germany. She searches for an artistic language that embodies both trauma and the ecstasy of liberation, and allows for communal dancing as an intimate and decolonial practice beyond the categorizations of white economies.
NORA AMIN is a writer, director, researcher, performer, and choreographer based in Cairo and Berlin. Her work is situated between literature, theater/dance and feminism and is borne by socio-political activism that rebels against traditions of patriarchy, authority, coloniality, sexism and racism. She has written several novels and essays. In 2000 she founded the theater group LaMusica in Cairo and in 2011 the Egyptian Project for a Theater of the Oppressed. Before moving to Berlin in 2015, she directed and produced 40 theater, dance and music productions. She was a fellow at the International Research Center for Interweaving Performance Cultures at FU Berlin, where she also held the S. Fischer Visiting Professorship in Literature (2004/05) and the Valeska Gert Visiting Professorship (2018). In 2018, her essay Weiblichkeit im Aufbruch on the transgressions of female corporeality in public space was published. In 2021, Dance of the Persecuted will be published on the history of Egyptian Baladi dance from a feminist perspective.
CONCEPT, TEXT, CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE Nora Amin MUSIC, SOUND TRACK COMPOSED BY Nora Amin, Ehab Abdellatif VOCALS Nora Amin VIDEOGRAPHY Ehab Abdellatif