, June 16, 2010
Psychophysical Training with Phillip Zarrilli "... follow the breath with the inner eye ... residual awareness of the point ... forwarding down, inhalation back, and up, exhalation forward, and down ... sustain the stretch ... don't second-guess your impulse ... oops, everyone is not together ... once it's in play you have to deal with it ... slide left, sense right, slide right, sense left, slide the left back, sense the left, slide the right back, sense the right ..." read more
, June 3, 2010
You only get something out from a network if you are willing to put something into it. ––– Networking is about personal responsibility, about communication and trust. ––– Networking is about sharing knowledge and experience … read more
, April 6, 2010
Khalid Amine on "Interweaving Performance Cultures" Upon his departure in March 2010, Khalid Amine gave an interview about his time and experiences at the International Research Center "Interweaving Performance Cultures." read more
, October 14, 2009
As HAU’s stage went dark, four Egyptian muezzins illuminated by radiant white Klieg lights started their calls to prayer from the four corners of the auditorium. My first sensation, as I intently watched the dark stage from my seat in one of the front rows, was not determined by sight and vision, but by aurality: I felt pleasure mixed with unease derived from the suddenness of the sensory impact. While the voices were distinct, they produced a pleasant harmony of multivocality, reminiscent of choral or Gregorian chants. read more
, October 5, 2009
"Radio Muezzin" (von Stefan Kaegi). What still resonates, and organizes for me the memory of the entire piece, is the sentence, pronounced quite early on, stating that one of the muezzin’s would only join the others on stage "later…" This announced delay, this procrastinated entering suggests already a kind of separation between those present on stage since the beginning and the belated one, and dramaturgically produces a sense of anticipation clouded by a question: "Why will he come only later?" read more
, October 5, 2009
"Radio Muezzin" (von Stefan Kaegi). Here: Hussein Gouda Hussein Bdawy, Abdelmoty Abdelsamia Ali Hindawy and Mansour Abdelsalam Mansour Namous. On February 26 at the Kule Theatre in Berlin, I saw "Hotel Arabia" by Carola Lehmann and David Merten, who performed their voyage to ‘Arabia’ in a way reminiscent of the early European narratives from Barbary land. The tendency of exoticising otherness was apparent, and the commodification of cultural difference was at times disturbing during the performance. Rimini Protokoll’s intercultural projects, on the other hand, are neither about sublimating otherness nor reversing the gaze, but rather about the possibilities of transferring the debate taking place in developing countries to the metropolis, through the deployment (rather than invention) of the tradition of docu-drama. "Radio Muezzin", which premiered at the HAU 2 on the March 3, 2009, is a prime example of art that bridges the gap between cultures and reaches across the divide to the Other (the not I) during the ‘imperial’ present. read more
, October 5, 2009
Are the terms "interweaving/entwining" acquiring the status of key concepts in contemporary performing arts? Both terms (and others related to them, such as Brecht’s "visible knots" or Michel Vinaver's "interlacs" are increasingly felt as powerful metaphors, especially in connection to postmodern and transcultural practice, as they point to the discontinuous, fragmented, heterogeneous and processual character of the arts rather than to an alleged unity of monolithic structure, as implied in the idea of "Gesamtkunstwerk" or Peter Brook's "yoghurt culture" (both of which stand suspected of hegemonic thinking). "Interweaving", however, alludes not only to intertextual and intermedial connections, but also to intercultural links inherent in every performative event. read more
, September 21, 2009
From the range of the five horizontally-covered research areas clearly defined, I also see these areas vertically combined with at least four layers among the complexity of their interweaving processes from the departure of demographic approaches on any particular theatre production. read more
, September 21, 2009
Moroccan theater exists in a liminal space, between East and West. It is a fusion of Western theatrical traditions and the Arabo-Tamazegh performance cultures. The hybrid nature of such a theater is evident in the way popular performance behavior such as manifested in performance spaces like al-halqa (the circle) has been transposed from public squares and marketplaces like Marrakech’s jemaa-elfna into modern theater buildings. read more
, September 21, 2009
Which kind of relation is created through interweaving processes? What can interweaving tell us about the potentiality of a relation? These are crucial questions for my approach to the concept of interweaving of performance cultures. As image interweaving points to the irreducible diversity of connections, which bring into relatedness not essentialist identities, but further hybrid forms. By that, it is noticeable that interweaving exceeds its threads allowing them to reach a particular and actual configuration beyond themselves. It is also a matter of the circulation of threads, in such a manner that they constantly flow and that they relate precisely through its movement. read more