Performance – Under Cover

© Almut Kejza

In Under Cover, Iranian-Austrian dancer and choreographer Ulduz Ahmadzadeh crosses autobiographical continents, places and contexts and connects these experiences to the experiences of other ‘oriental’ women in a captivating mix of performance, film and installation. Whether they are wearing a hijab or not, the ethnic background of these women draws a veil of social prejudice over the reality of their lives. The recent populist conflation of terms like Islam, hijab and terrorism does not help either, but intensifies this one-dimensional representation of Muslim women. For this reason, Ahmadzadeh leaves behind the false pretences of origin-related debates and engages with an analysis of the socio-political situation, which might enable us to subvert existing power structures. Based on interviews, Ahmadzadeh will assume the identities of different women, thereby providing insight into a complex field of diverging social roles, belief systems and individual takes on pleasure and freeing the body.


 Concept, Choreography, Performance: Ulduz Ahmadzadeh

Concept, dramaturgy: Johanna Figl

Set, stage design: Till Jasper Krappmann

Sound design: Paul Kotal

Camera: Parvin Ebrahimi

Film editing: Christin Veith

Production: Almud Krejza

Outside eye: Gerlinde Roidinger

Thu, 16th dec., 8:30 p.m.
Studio 14

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