Nora Amin liberates the so-called belly dance from the sediments of history: she inverts the voyeuristic and exoticized perspective into a perspective of one’s own body and history, allowing the audience a new view. My Dance is an attempt to shift power, a reflection on female sexuality, the erotic self, and patriarchal oppression, as well as the impact of colonialism and racism on belly dance and on the image of women that goes with it. The solo is also a personal testimony of the author, choreographer, and director, who traces her own body history between Egypt and Germany. She searches for an artistic language that embodies both trauma and the ecstasy of liberation and allows for communal dancing as an intimate and decolonial practice beyond the categorizations of white economies.
Location: Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte
The performance is in English. Not suitable for under 14 years old.
Concept, Text, Choreography, Performance: Nora Amin
Music, Soundtrack Composed By: Nora Amin, Ehab Abdellatif
Vocals: Nora Amin
Videography: Ehab Abdellatif
Special thanks to: Rusnam and “ctrl.xxx.tension” for the music of the last dance, and to Ayman Asfour for the violin piece Outlander.
Produced as part of White Money, a Flinn Works production. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.
Premiered on 18 November 2021, at Sophiensæle (Berlin), as part of White Money
This round of performances in 2022 is Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR”