18.11.04 | 17:30 | Pumpe
ARAB - Egypt
and with Nora Amin
Music: Nader Sami, Neveen Mohamed
Duration: approx. 60 min.
Language: Arabic and English
The multi-media solo performance ARAB is based
on four poems from the collection Muslim, which Nora Amin wrote
in English during her 2003-2004 stay in the US. The show also
includes an element of Arabic and videoclips from two short
films shot by the writer in the US, Space Within, in collaboration
with Meg Kowalski, and Project ME: I in U.
ARAB is „an attempt to question definitions, break the
rules and taboos, shift the borders betwee cultures and genres,
and finally recreate the cultural identity of the artist through
its live and artistic performance“. It exposes the invisible
side of labels and explores what is hidden behind layers of
tags imposed on us by contemporary society. ARAB is about what
is not on the label. Before witnessing ARAB, one is in a state
of ignorance, caught in a wave of Arabophobia which has been
part of western culture since the Crusades. ARAB questions attitudes
and negative stereotypes of Arabs deeply rooted in western popular
A native of Cairo, Nora Amin is a playwright, novelist and poet,
as well as a performer, a theater director and the founder of
an independent theater company in Cairo, "La Musica."
She also founded the first Egyptian independent international
theater and dance festival, "JADAYEL."