5 – 6 March 2015
HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin
After a poignant stint at NYC’s MoMA, speaking and performing alongside accomplished figures in choreography and performance studies, Egyptian artist Adham Hafez unveils his company’s latest production “2065 BC”. Set as a futuristic conference, with aesthetics that reside between political summits, multimedia-operas and protests, “2065 BC” is a displaced and revisited re-enactment of the infamous ‘Berlin Conference’, which took place in 1884 under the leadership of Bismarck.
The world is coming to an end, decades after a third world war that left countries drowning under nuclear waste. The world order as we once knew it is no longer possible, with major political systems crashing down, bankrupt through decades of violence. There is only one solution; to redistribute political powers in the world and reinvent its order to save what remains of the planet. In the year 2065, a conference of African scientists, politicians and diplomats gather in Berlin to announce the new world order. A new “Berlin Conference” gives birth to a series of colonies.
The ‘Berlin Conference’, seen as the moment of the scramble for Africa and the fortification of colonialism, is staged 130 years later. The artists working on this production wonder about its impact on the current state of affairs, and wonder if we are living a postcolonial reality, para-colonial, or another. The aesthetic question is also raised: what should art look like at times of historical ruptures, and which canon of aesthetics does it wish to align itself with? Are we still bound by a Eurocentric vision of the world, at the End of Times?
The production aims to present the audience with a complex set of questions, where the ethics of occupation are dealt with in a manner that is dark, comic and politically ignited. “2065 BC” is the result of a two-year research process on politics and aesthetics, developed and directed by the Adham Hafez Company and the platform HaRaKa. The research took place in Cairo, Berlin and New York, and continues to unfold its many products in the form of a performance triptych and publications series.
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Notes to editors
Adham Hafez creates dance performances, concerts, installations, objects, publications, lectures, workshops, and much in between. Since 2003, he has produced a large body of work through his “Adham Hafez Company”, which has been presented in Egypt, the Middle East and Europe. He holds an MDa degree in Choreography from the Amsterdam Theatre School (AHK- The Netherlands) and is the founder and program director of “HaRaKa”, the first movement and performance research project in Egypt. He is also the artistic director for the “TransDance” festival series and the founder of “Cairography”, the first publication in Egypt dedicated to critical writing on choreography and performance. As a curator, Adham organizes international events focusing on trans-cultural practices, including lately: “Arab Dance Caravan” curated for the International Tanzmesse, ‘ARC.HIVE’ panels and studio work curated for the Dance Congress of Dusseldorf, and TransDance‘s New York Edition at the Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Theatre. He is currently finishing his research in political science at the renowned school of ‘SciencePo Paris’, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Bruno Latour, as part of his MA in political and artistic experimentation, focusing on the representation of the world.
Principle Researcher: Lamia Gouda
Initial Research: Marilena Roussoglou
Performers: Alaa Abdullatif, Fatma Kamal, Lamia Gouda and Mona Gamil
Sound Composition: Zuli, Adham Hafez
Music Notation: Nader Hafez
Space and Set Consultant: Samir Kordy
Visual Score and Light Design: Nurah Farahat
Graphics Design: Ahmad Aiyad
Costume Research: Redaa Gharib, Lamia Gouda
Costume Design: Nermine Said
Costume Ateliers: Mohamed El Sabakhawy, Wafaa Latif, Sobhy El Mohamadi
Accessories: Redaa Ghareeb, Hala Ghareeb
Makeup, Hair and Headpieces: Zeinab Khashab | Zozouba
Studios Rehearsals training: Mona Gamil, Marie Al Fajr
Choreography Notation: Fatma Kamal
Production Manager: Seif Abdel Salam, Redaa Ghareeb
Company Consultant: Mohamed Hafez
Based on collective research and collective dramaturgy, historical documents and fictitious constructs.
A production of Adham Hafez Company 2014-2015.
Co-produced by: HAU Hebbel Am Ufer Theater (Berlin), Return To Sender Festival (Berlin), Kulturstiftung des Bundes, with the additional support of DorkyPark | Constanza Macras, Dr. Yehia Gouda, and Wessam Abou El Seoud, Zozouba Studios.
Passport shown above will be handed to audience members along with their new identities as “citizens of the conference”.