In My Hand a Word
In My Hand a Word
Due to the Christmas market in Sophienstraße, the Sophiensaele cannot be approached by car on December 16, 2023.
For Syrian-German performance and video artist Enad Marouf, body and text act as central elements. His works have a unique poetic language of coexisting media; a temporality which allows overcoming potential boundaries of dance, text, video, and installation.
The performance In My Hand a Word is based on the eponymous text by Marouf. In the text we follow a person who is observing their hand. The longer they gaze at their hand, the more the hand loses its meaning. In this context, the hand does not only carry a history of cultural symbolism, but also an embodiment of the self. The loss of meaning is just as sorrowful as it is liberating, since new understandings can be reconstructed out of what is gone. Therein a duality of loss and restoration therein emerges.
In his scenic adaptation of the text, Marouf focuses on loss from a queer perspective: the loss of family, home, and culture, but also the loss of meaning and language. The audience enters a place where fragments of movement, speech and music overlap. This place represents Marouf's fragmented memories of Damascus. Here, two figures move through scenes whose inner coherences are increasingly dissolved by memories, anecdotes and associative references. The audience is offered the opportunity to find their own narratives within, to reinterpret and put this piece together through their own personal experience and sensibility.
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- Approx. 50 minutes
- Little language: a poem is spoken in English.
- The lighting situation in the audience area is rather dark.
- The following lighting effects are used on stage:
- strobe effect
- blinding transitions
- fading light
- Loud sounds are used.
- Fog is used.
- Seated grandstand
- 2 beanbag seats bookable according to availability
- 2 wheelchair seats bookable according to availability
- Audience will be strongly blinded at one point.
- Due to the Christmas market in Sophienstraße, the Sophiensaele cannot be approached by car on December 16. Further information on how to get there and parking can be found here.
If, for artistic reasons, the door to the auditorium does not open until very shortly before the performance begins, there is the option of early boarding.
- Reservations can be made via the ticket telephone at 030 283 52 66, Monday to Friday from 4pm–6pm
- Via the online ticket shop
- At the box office
You can also find more information about accessibility here.
Concept, Choreography and Text: Enad Marouf
Performance: Ewa Dziarnowska, Steph Quinci
Music: Billy Bultheel
Installations: Enad Marouf
Architectural support: Jim Scully
Costumes: Grzegorz Matlag
Light: Jacqueline Sobieszewski
Production Management: Florian Greß
A production by Enad Marouf in co-production with Sophiensæle. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR and by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
Enad Marouf is a Syrian-German performance and video artist based in Berlin. His work focuses on body and text, using video, dance, language and installation as poetics and articulations of temporalities that affect our physicality and the way we narrate the world around us. He completed his Masters in Choreography and Performance at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen/Frankfurt. His solo works and collaborations have been shown at the Athens Biennale, Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels, Sophiensæle Berlin, Centre culturel Francais de Damas, Babel Beirut, Tate Modern London, The Art Institute of Chicago, Shedhalle Zurich, among others.