The double bill takes place within the framework of Flinn Works' White Money. Download the full programme HERE.
Anuja Ghosalkar: Double Agent X
The dreaded word money is an (un)desirable yet complex part of each artist’s life. In India, there is hardly any public support for culture. How does one reconcile the dilemma of being a “true artist” and sustenance? In her docu-fictional performance, the theater maker Anuja Ghosalkar, as Double Agent X, searches for strategies in a hustle for survival as an artist. With videos, images, documents, testimonials, treading that unguarded border between fact and fiction Double Agent X will present narratives of characters that the artists witnesses – a government officer in the culture department, a seductive patron, the Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, the struggling artist who wishes to change the world, folk musicians, art teachers, all trying to eke out respectable living. How does she negotiate with these varied purveyors of culture, complicit in power hierarchies? By manufacturing art and playing all sides? Or staying honest to her essence? Is it possible to cultivate an equitable timbre of solidarity and humanism?
ANUJA GHOSALKAR is the founder of Drama Queen – a Documentary theatre company in India. Her practice focuses on personal histories, archival absences and blurring the hierarchies between audience and performer – to extend the idea of theatre to create audacious work. Iterations around form, process, modes of media, sites, technologies, reclaiming narratives on gender & intimacy are critical to her performance making and pedagogy. Her work has been programmed by University of Oxford, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Forum Transregionale-ZMO, and the University of Frankfurt am Main. She curated an international workshop series on documentary theater together with Gob Squad, Boris Nikitin and Rimini Protokoll. At Serendipity Arts Virtual 2020 she was co-curator of VR performances.
CONCEIVED, PERFORMED AND DEVISED BY Anuja Ghosalkar WRITTEN BY Ashutosh Potdar VISUAL ARTIST Debanshu Bhaumik
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
A production by Flinn Works in co-production with SOPHIENSAELE. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. In cooperation with the Institute for Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung.