(c) Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme

Basel Abbas/Ruanne Abou-Rahme

at those terrifying frontiers where the existence and disappearance of people fade into each other

Mousonturm, Frankfurt

Performance

 Bodies, Art, and Protection: Breath

Fragments from Edwards Said’s most personal and poetic work “After the Last Sky” are repurposed to create a new script that reflects on what it means now to be construed as an ‘illegal’ person, an illegal body or entity: a person that should not exist or move in certain spaces, an impossible presence, continually threatened with potential disappearance at borders, security fences and walls. The script is turned into a song sung by the artists as multiple avatars. Using software that generates avatars from a single image, the avatars in the video are all people who participated in the ’March of Return’ that took place on the seamline in Gaza: an area that has been under physical siege since 2006. The relationship between fugitivity, fragility and futurity become manifest here, giving visual expression to forms of slow and silent violence involved in the circulation and construction of images. The work is an existential reflection on the impossibilities of the Palestinian condition but also the very generative potentials within his position, of existing while ‘not actually existing’, of being illegal: a mutable and disruptive presence. It speaks through Palestine to a much broader human condition: of bodies that are deemed illegal, disposable, invisible.

Language: English

One day ticket is valid for all events in the context of “Bodies, un-protected” on the day of validity, on 12.11. including the performance Manila Zoo in the context of the Tanzfestival Rhein-Main at the Gallus Theater.

Admission is only possible with proof of negative Corona status (tested, vaccinated or recovered). In case of test detection, the negative result of a PCR test must be submitted and the test must not have been performed more than 48 hours ago. General rules of hygiene and physical distancing must be observed. The event will operate at not full audience capacity. Wearing a medical mouth-nose covering is mandatory everywhere, also when seated. More information on Hygiene and Safety.