Lecture Uferstudios
SODA Lectures

Adham Hafez and Manuel Pelmus

two lectures & a dialogue

In this lecture, choreographer and scholar Adham Hafez speaks on forensics, criminology and law as methods for choreography. Hafez shares with the audience the strategies used for the creation of his latest performance TO CATCH A TERRORIST, created in partnership with the movement and performance platform HaRaKa and guests in 2018. Through a series of traces, Hafez invites his dancers to re-choreograph a typical Arab dance, within an environment of data analysis and hyper-othering, only to reveal the markedness of non-white bodies, and the impossibility of catching what we cannot see. By addressing law as a constitutive practice, this lecture allows us to access the performative potential of courts, the choreographic imperative of law, and the aesthetics of racism in dance. (To Catch A Terrorist was created in collaboration with Irene Hultman, Adam Kucharski and Manar Abdelmaaboud, and premiered at La Mama Theatre (NYC) in 2018.)

Half Lecture-Performance - Manuel Pelmus
Choreographer and artist Manuel Pelmus presents half of his lecture performance Movements at an Exhibition which deals with politics of visibility and artistic decisions that are informed by specific political circumstances. He chooses to do this by literally responding to the lecture series’ invitation to address the idea of “decision-making.”  Pelmus will perform material for a future lecture-performance, followed by a conversation in which the decisions and strategies involved in making the past lecture Movements at an Exhibition will be made visible as the source for the future lecture. 

Manuel Pelmuş (b. Bucharest) lives and works in Oslo and Bucharest. He has recently had a solo exhibition at Para Site, Hong Kong, and his projects have been shown at Tate Modern Museum, Museum Ludwig Köln, Cologne (2016); Off-Biennale Budapest (2015 and 2017); Kyiv Biennale (2015); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2014); Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie/ Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2014) and Venice Biennale (2013), amongst others. In 2012, he was awarded the Berlin Art Prize for performance arts and the prize for excellence from the National Dance Center of Bucharest in 2015.

Adham Hafez works in choreography and sound, he is a PhD candidate at New York University's Performance Studies department, and holds a Master II in political science from SciencePo (Paris) and a Master in Choreography from the Amsterdam Theatre School. He is the founder of Egypt's first movement and performance research platform HaRaKa, and since 2003 has been creating with his company works on the intersection of politics, performance and scientific research.

Curated by Prof. Sandra Noeth (MA SODA) 

The lecture series takes place in english, it is organized by the MA-program SODA (Solo/Dance/Authorship) at the Inter-University-Center for Dance Berlin (HZT); it is free of charge and open for all interested. 

Event location: Uferstudios | Studio 11 | Uferstr. 23 | 13357Berlin