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von Nir de Volff / TOTAL BRUTAL

How do time and space affect the dreams, needs, losses? Which chapters are being rewritten, updated, or deleted?

Together with three Syrian Dancers, Israeli choreographer Nir de Volff created the performance “Come as you are # Berlin” in the summer of 2017. The work revealed the fundamentally different dancing styles they danced in Syria, and their first steps into the local German dance scene.

“Come as you are # part 2” is the continuation of an ongoing research about the cultural adaptation of Syrian refugee dancers to the German dance and performance scene, five years after their arrival in Germany.

Will the dancers be able to erase their embodied histories and start anew, building a new identity to eventually become integrated? And do they want that? Or do they from a distance discover a stronger connection with the origins of their identity and heritage? How does this distance to the dance styles of their home country influence their position as a performer within the complex european-berlin society?

„Come as you are # 2” articulates the inner conflict of its dancers between identities and realities and their struggle for a self.

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Concept, Choreography: Nir de Volff

Performance: Medhat Aldaabal, Mouafak Aldoabl, Guest Haidar Darvish (The Darvish)

Music: Mathieu Poterie

Costume, stage design: Darwin Stapel

Assistant costume, stage design: Alfie Mor & Sophie Schling

Lightdesign: Asier Solana Arce

Head of Production: Till Rothmund & Jill Emerson

Communication: k3 berlin

Photos: Bernhard Musil


A Production by Nir de Volff / TOTAL BRUTAL.

Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

With thanks to DOCK 11 – EDEN***** Studios, Berlin