, 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
, September 14, 2009
ahhhh performance: read more
, September 14, 2009
First let me describe my coordinates and vectors. I am a performer, singer, composer, actor, improviser who has been performing in varied areas of music, theater, and art for almost forty years, involved in: solo work, group work, collaborations, ensembles, experimental, traditional, avant-garde, new traditions, contemporary, installation art, music performance, sound art, radio and…… read more
, September 12, 2009
Interweaving Performance Cultures are encounters of various kinds in which performance practices, conventions, traditions, innovations and theories enter into an integrative, cross-cultural dialogue and/or interaction out of which emerges a seamless unity that enriches mutual understanding and appreciation of contemporary global cohesion. read more
, September 12, 2009
The recent debates on the politics of intercultural theatre practice have not only critiqued artistic ‘syncretism’ and negotiations, but articulated an optimistic belief in the achievability of a common “interweaving” across worldwide performance cultures. Erika Fischer-Lichte is justly acclaimed as an exemplary de-mystifier – the thinker who has provided unsurpassed critiques of Eurocentric intercultural performance elements that lurk in the work of various western theatrical enterprises that went East & South. read more