October 2016


Arab Film Series - Beyond Spring

Thursday 13.10.2016 8:00 PM | Saal

Admission: 5 €

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ Mayadin al Tahrir e.V. / EUME
Curation: Viola Shafik

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The Other Body. Lecture/performance by Nora Amin

The lecture will be held in English.

Afterwards there will be a discussion with Nora Amin and Jacob Stage


"The Other Body" is a new cross-cultural project by the choreographer Jacob Stage and the Egyptian performer Nora Amin. Based on Nora's biography it has the character of a performance lecture that combines text, dance, video and music about an Arab Muslim woman who heads to the West to find her own personal space, but instead meets an equally limiting and reductionist view of her person because of her Arabic background. She is the "second body".

It is also a project on a white Western man, Jacob Stage, who will try to translate Nora's problem for the performing arts, while he must confront himself with the unequal distribution of privileges that favour him and the culture where he is born which bluntly dismisses people in need on the edge of Europe with predicates as convenience refugees and criminals. "The Other Body" studies mechanisms behind the lack of space and the apparent need to polarize the world into "them" and "us". It is a meeting between two cultures, two sexes, two worldviews, two different approaches to theater and a common passion for the performing arts.

Afterwards there will be a discussion with Nora Amin and Jacob Stage.

Nora Amin is an Egyptian theatre director, performer, writer and choreographer. Founder and artistic director of Lamusica Independent Theatre company since the year 2000 where she directed 36 theatre, dance and music productions. Founder of "The Egyptian National Project for Theatre of the Oppressed" since 2011 and its Arab network. Author of "Migrating the Feminine" on the transgressions of female physicality in public sphere.

Jacob Stage is a Danish director/choreographer/performer/photographer. Currently he is the artistic director of The Peoples Entertainment Group and co-founder of Mute Comp. Physical Theatre. He works with a hybrid of theatre expression: dance, theatre, videoinstallation, music and photography. Winner of Reumert Best Dance/Performance of 2016.


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Beyond Spring - Arab Film Series

In 2010, the Tunisian protest movement triggered a wave of upheavals across the Middle East and North Africa that became known as “the Arab Spring”. However, there is also a history to tell beyond “Spring”.

Since 2014, the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN has been highlighting films from several Arab countries as part of the Arab Film Series, with this specific selection of films curated by Viola Shafik. It aims at exploring some major social and political issues in the region and further our understanding of various dynamics in regards to class, gender and politics in general, as well as explore topics concerning confessionalism, social justice and the question of Palestine.

The screenings will be accompanied by moderated panels with academic experts from the Berlin-based research program Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe (EUME) at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin.


Viola Shafik, PhD, is a freelance filmmaker, film curator and film scholar. She authored among others Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity, AUC-Press, Cairo, 1998 and Popular Egyptian Cinema: Gender, Class and Nation, AUC-Press, 2007. She lectured at the American University in Cairo and the Zürich University and is in the selection committee of the Rawi Screenwriters Lab and the Berlinale World Cinema Fund. She directed several documentaries, most notably Ali im Paradies/My Name is not Ali (2011) and Arij - Scent of Revolution (2014).

She currently teaches at the Humboldt University, Berlin and the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich.

In cooperation with Mayadin al Tahrir e.V. and EUME (Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe).


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