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For Syrian-German performance and video artist Enad Marouf, body and text act as central elements. His works have a unique poetic language of coexisting media; a temporality which allows overcoming potential boundaries of dance, text, video, and installation.


The performance In My Hand a Word is based on the eponymous text by Marouf. In the text we follow a person who is observing their hand. The longer they gaze at their hand, the more the hand loses its meaning. In this context, the hand does not only carry a history of cultural symbolism, but also an embodiment of the self. The loss of meaning is just as sorrowful as it is liberating, since new understandings can be reconstructed out of what is gone. Therein a duality of loss and restoration therein emerges.

In his scenic adaptation of the text, Marouf focuses on loss from a queer perspective: the loss of family, home, and culture, but also the loss of meaning and language. The audience enters a place where fragments of movement, speech and music overlap.

This place represents Marouf's fragmented memories of Damascus. Here, two figures move through scenes whose inner coherences are increasingly dissolved by memories, anecdotes and associative references. The audience is offered the opportunity to find their own narratives within, to reinterpret and put this piece together through their own personal experience and sensibility.

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Concept, Choreography, Text: Enad MaroufPerformance: Ewa Dziarnowska, Steph QuinciMusic: Billy BultheelInstallations: Enad MaroufArchitectural support: Jim ScullyCostumes: Grzegorz MatlagLight: Jacqueline SobieszewskiProduction Management: Florian Greß

A production by Enad Marouf in co-production with Sophiensæle. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR and by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Media partners: Arts of the Working Class, Berlin Art Link, Das Wetter, Missy Magazine, Siegessäule, taz.

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