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Ali Moini: My paradoxical knives

Ali MoiniPhoto: Christian Lutz
Ali Moini
Photo: Christian Lutz
Ali Moini: My paradoxical knives
VIENNA  •  Tanzquartier Wien / Hall G and Studios  •  Ongoing

Ali Moini: My paradoxical knives (Austrian première)
Concept and performance: Ali Moini (Iran)

Hey Sky, don’t turn without Me.
Hey Moon don’t shine without Me.
Hey Earth, don’t grow without Me.
Hey Time, don’t pass without Me.

What is a safe distance? How much proximity is necessary in order to change the relationship between what appears and what one sees? In order to get close to someone, to get involved in something unknown, in our curiosity, in a strange culture, without a double bottom, without a social safety-net, without country, without language, without translation.

My paradoxical knives explores the creation of a picture: the picture of a turning man who becomes the centre of moving knives. While he wipes out the sung words of a poem by Rumi with his feet, in reference to the circular movements of the Sufi dance, in his movements experiences of security and equality come together with the experience of vulnerability and danger. In his trance-like solo and with a memorable presence he reminds us that every creation of closeness and community is always linked with an act of separation. A dance like a deep breath. Poetic and – against the background of the censorship of expression and self-determination in Iran and elsewhere – simultaneously political.

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Contact: Tanzquartier Wien /
Hall G and Studios
Vienna, Austria
Tel: (43) 1 524 33 21 11 26

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