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In the works of the Syrian-German performance and video artist Enad Marouf, body and text act as central elements. He creates a unique poetic language of coexisting media; a temporality which allows to overcome potential boundaries of dance, text, video and installation.

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Sophiensaele Außenansicht visitBerlin, Foto Nele Niederstadt

The performance In My Hand a Word is based on the eponymous text by Enad Marouf. In the text we follow two people who are watching their hands. The longer they gaze at their hands, the more the hands lose their meaning.  In this context, the hand does not only carry a history of cultural symbolism, but also is an embodiment of one's own personal identity. The loss of meaning is just as mournful as it is liberating, since new understandings can be (re)constructed, a duality of loss and restoration emerges.

In his scenic adaptation of the text, Enad Marouf focuses on loss from a queer perspective: the loss of family, home, and relationships, 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. Offering the audience 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 Marouf PERFORMANCE BY AND WITH Ewa Dziarnowska, Steph Quinci MUSIC Billy Bultheel INSTALLATIVE SCULPTURES Enad Marouf ARCHITECTURAL SUPERVISION, FABRICATION Jim Scully COSTUME Grzegorz Matlag PRODUCTION 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 partner: taz, die tageszeitung.
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