The double bill takes place within the framework of Flinn Works' White Money. Download the full programme HERE.
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
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
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.