JANUARY 19 | 6 – 8 pm
JANUARY 20 + 21 | 7 – 8 pm
JANUARY 22 | 3 – 8 pm
JANUARY 20 + 21 | 6 pm
ARTIST TALK with Fehras Publishing Practices | JANUARy 20 | 6 pm
ARTIST TALK with Farah Barqawi | JANUARy 21 | 6 pm
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In Time of the Angel, Enad Marouf creates a fragmented conversation between a ME and a fictional YOU that is multiple. A YOU that has lived in the Middle East for the past 60 years and experienced the first outbreak of the AIDS epidemic. In an uncanny way, that epidemic of the 1980s appears to anticipate the challenging times of today in more than one respect: At both points in time, a world seems to come to an end. In Enad Marouf’s video work, a parallel moment emerges in which the notion of the future is radically put into question.
Time of the Angel is the second part of the project Passage – Out of Tme, Out of Place, which deals with queer intimacy, loss and memory. Enad Marouf opens the space for queer narratives and stories from the Middle East by shifting questions of identity politics and stereotyping to processes of embodiment. Queer gestures and speech are thus understood not only as behavior, but as action. The linear narrative is replaced by meditative sequences of performance using fragments of language, movements and 3D renderings of site-specific spaces in Damascus.
The presentation of the work in the festival is extended by three conversations that take place in the intimate setting of the video installation. Here Enad Marouf will meet other artists from the Middle East to talk about archives, futures, intimacy and technology.
JANUARy 20 | 6.00 pm
with Enad Marouf und Fehras Publishing Practices
Fehras Publishing Practices (Sami Rustom, Omar Nicolas, and Kenan Darwich) is an artist collective founded in Berlin in 2015. It researches the history and presence of publishing and its entanglement in the socio-political and cultural sphere in the Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Arab diaspora. It sees publishing as a possibility for producing and accumulating knowledge, and for initiating projects in different formats, such as installations, films, publications, lectures, and performances. The collective’s investigations take place at public libraries, book markets, and in private and institutional collections. Fehras examines publishers and university catalogs as well as newspaper, radio, and television archives. Personal stories of publishers, memoirs, letters, and photographs are also part of this research.
JANUARy 21 | 6.00 pm
with Enad Marouf und Farah Barqawi
Farah Barqawi is a Palestinian writer, performer, podcaster, editor and translator. She writes poetry and prose, and her work has been published by Mada Masr, Al-Jumhuriya, Jeem, Romman, and Saqi Books amongst others. In 2019, she produced, directed and hosted the 4th season of the Arabic podcast Eib (Shame) with SOWT, tackling contemporary stories and issues related to love and relationships in the Arabic speaking region. In 2018 – 2019, she toured with her first solo performance “Baba, Come to Me”. She is the co-founder of two feminist projects: Wiki Gender and The Uprising of Women in the Arab World. Farah is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing at New York University, and lives between New York and Berlin.
The video installation Time of the Angel lasts about 25 minutes and runs in a continuous loop. It is in Arabic spoken language with English subtitles.The lighting will be dimmed and there are no light effects or sudden light changes, nor loud or abrupt sound effects. Audience members can enter and exit the space any time. The space is wheelchair accessible. To use the elevator please contact our evening staff. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Gina Jeske at or 030 27 89 00 35.
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ENAD MAROUF is a Syrian-German performance and video artist based in Berlin. His work focuses on body and text, using video, dance, language and installation as poetics and articulations of temporalities that affect our physicality and the way we narrate the world around us. He completed his Masters in Choreography and Performance at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen/Frankfurt. His solo works and collaborations have been shown at the Athens Biennale, Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels, Sophiensæle Berlin, Centre culturel Francais de Damas, Babel Beirut, Tate Modern London, Art Institute of Chicago, Shedhalle Zurich, among others.
Director Enad Marouf Performance Franziska Aigner, Eren Demirel, Alyha Love, Samuel Pereira and tiran Voice Majed Shalgheen Director of Photography Omar Zaki Assistant camera Veronica Storm Second camera assitant Mayar Abou El Naga Gaffer Alfredo La Corte Assistant Gaffer Isabelle Schmitz COLOR GRADING Alaa Abdullatif 3D GRIDS Filip Setmanuk Cello Pieces Franziska Aigner Sound recording and design Alexander Iezzi Set Design Filip Berg Styling consultant Emman Debattista Hair and Make up Guerdy Casimir Producer Tatianna Peckham Production Management Yara Seifan
A production by Enad Marouf in co-production with TANZTAGE BERLIN/SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK – STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the framework of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Assistance Program for Dance. The 31st edition of Tanztage Berlin is a production of the SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. With the friendly support of Tanzfabrik Berlin e. V. and Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte. Media partners: Siegessäule, tipBerlin, taz and Berlin Art Link.