ABSENT BODIES

A COLLABORATION BY FATIN ABBAS & CHRIS LEUENBERGER

A voice speaks to a body performing on stage. The voice surrounds the body, at times observing it, at others commanding it, at still others questioning it or veering into poetic reflections. The voice is female, the body is male. The body is white. 
The voice notes this, comments on it, critiques the body’s inherent privileges. It evokes, by contrast, other histories of bodies absent from the stage—black bodies exhibited in human zoos, enslaved bodies. 
Speaking from a place of gender and racial marginality, the voice subverts the white male gaze historically deployed to contain, diminish and control anyone deemed as “other.” The voice renders the white male body as the object of a black, rebellious, female gaze, and by doing so, strips that body of the power of its invisibility.  

Text/Voice Fatin Abbas Dance/Performance Matthew Rogers Choreography Chris Leuenberger Dramaturgy Marcel Schwald Outside Eyes Pascale Altenburger, Serena Dankwa, Lea Martini, Monika Truong and Living Smile Vidya Mentoring Sally De Kunst Sound Thomas Jeker Lights Max Hampel Special thanks to René Agbor, Christi Dufour, JiHae Ko, Marcelo Kuna, Diego Mud and Sandeep TK 

ABSENT BODIES will premiere at Dampfzentrale Bern on January 30th 2021.

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