21 June 2017
Nima Thiem (child)
The four Syrian dancers of Amal reunited in Berlin in a dance workshop as part of the ZUHÖREN-platform in 2016 by Sasha Waltz & Guests. Based on the idea and initiative of Medhat Aldaabal, they have been developing with Sasha Waltz & Guests ensemble member Davide Camplani a piece entitled Amal (hope in Arabic). Accompanied by live percussion (Ali Hasan), the artists shared on stage images between their past and future and an expression of their hope. The group kept on developing the piece over one year. During the process of the dancers’ arrival in a new society, also their individual perception of hope has transformed and influenced the recent work on the full evening program, which is now, for the first time, presented at Sophiensæle.
»seconds pass, making you lose your job
seconds pass, making you lose the people you like
seconds pass, and you see your friends, dead
seconds pass, all the colours shift to black, all kinds of food lose their flavours
seconds pass making you think that there is no humanity, no fairness.
seconds pass, while you wish you could die and your pain ends.
and after every bad thing we went through,
we feel hope towards life again،
this hope becomes bigger, then we find ourselves walking....
to escape from our memories and arrive somewhere else to build up our dreams,
the dreams, a lot of people have dreamed of,
but of which they were deprived…
we are here now… we are humans
we have the right to live... to dream! «
A production by Sasha Waltz & Guests. Made in Radialsystem.
The shows of »Amal« at Sophiensæle Sare supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Sasha Waltz & Guests is funded by the Berlin Senate for Culture and Europe and the Hauptstadtkulturfonds