Production of Adham Hafez Company and HaRaKa Platform (Egypt)
Performed in English, Arabic, French, Latin
To Catch A Terrorist is a cryptic work that looks at the formation of disciplined bodies, borders and the instrumentalist usage of fear as a sovereign act. Through data analysis, exorcist dances, demographic research, court hearing documents, visa applications, and disappearing traditional choreographies -- this new work enmeshes science, history, performance and law.
A new Choreopera; utilizing different movement writing techniques, a sound archive, and space making strategies to create an ominous score that wonders whose lives (and therefore intangible heritage) matter. At the crux of the piece -technically- is the question of what choreography is, as the company’s artists engaged with notions of choreo-policing and city making, both from the perspectives of urban studies and dance studies.
Choreography and Music by: Adham Hafez Text by: Ismail Fayed, Adham Hafez, Sawsan Gad and Mona Gamil Research by: Lamia Gouda Dramaturgy by: Ismail Fayed Designs and Data Analysis Advising by: Adam Kucharski and Sawsan Gad Costumes by: Redaa Gharib Visual Research and Photography by: Rana Elnemr Space Design by: Samir Kordy and Mohammed Hafez
About the Artists
Choreographer, composer and performer, Adham Hafez studied contemporary dance at the Cairo Opera House before he moved to Amsterdam for his MA in Choreography, at the Amsterdam Theatre School, where he studied under Susan Rethorst, Benoit Lachambre, Cher Doruff among others. With a second MA in political science from SciencePo (Paris), Hafez’s work tilts towards studying what political art is at times of catastrophic change, having studied with Bruno Latour the impact of the human on nature; physically, artistically and politically. Awarded for his work as a choreographer, composer and cultural entrepreneur, Adham Hafez is currently a PhD candidate at New York University, revisiting his 15 years long research on Arab performance history. Adham Hafez publishes in Arabic and English on Arab art history and performance theory. He is the program director of HaRaKa, the first movement and performance research platform in Egypt. He is also the curator for the “TransDance” festival series and the founder of “Cairography”, the first publication in Egypt dedicated to critical writing on choreography and performance.
Established in 2003 (Egypt), Adham Hafez Company’s productions investigate choreography, performance and sound through live acts, installations, publications, screenings and performance. With work that was installed and performed in reputable venues and contexts including Damascus Opera House (Syria), Hebbel Am Ufer Theater (Germany),Impusltanz Vienna (Austria), UNESCO’s International Dance Council (Greece), German Dance Congress (Germany), Cairo Opera House (Egypt), and MoMA PS1 (USA), the diverse work reflects on historical ruptures, critical density, rituals, and the condition of being an Arab subject within myopic discourses. In 2006, several of the company members established HaRaKa;
Egypt’s first movement and performance studies and research platform, through which they led publications, festivals, and educational programs. Fifteen years after the company’s establishment, the artists gather their core questions and accumulated aesthetic strategies to reflect on neocolonialism, planetary crisis and war economies. www.adhamhafez.cowww.harakaplatform.com