Produktion von ATASH عطش contemporary dance company

“tarab” happens when a body is gripped by the music, and physical sensation is enhanced. This heightened moment, when body and music unite, is a door to ecstasy and enchanted sensuality. In TARAB, the last part of a trilogy, Ulduz Ahmadzadeh focuses on unexplored and, in some places, forbidden movement material and odd rhythmic patterns of Pre-Islamic, West Asien cultural heritage. Dance and music material that has undergone multiple forms of Eurocolonial and Islamic translations, in which women, from being the primary holders, got either reduced to sexualised oriental entertainer-dancers or forbidden from practising them all together. Accompanied by the complex rhythms of the composer and virtuoso percussionist Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, seven dancers embody these millennia-old movement materials. TARAB is about imagining a possible dialogue between those dance worlds and the contemporary dance language without shying away from the colonial dynamics between the two.




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Artistic co-direction & choreography Ulduz Ahmadzadeh
Artistic co-direction & scenography Till Jasper Krappmann
Composition, Sound design & live music Mohammad Reza Mortazavi
Dance Desi Bonato, Naline Ferraz, Luca Major, Yiannis Tsigkris, Xianghui Zeng, Polina Kliuchnikova, Hugo Le Brigand
Light design Jan Wielander

Production Mascha Mölkner
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Production ATASH عطش contemporary dance company

Co-production Tanzquartier Wien
Supported by City of Vienna, Austrian Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sports.

Photos Maximilian Pramatarov


ATASH عطش is a company based in Vienna around the work of Ulduz Ahmadzadeh (choreography, performance, artistic co-direction) and Till Jasper Krappmann (scenography, artistic co-direction). The company focuses on projects of diverse artistic aesthetics with a feminist and political emphasis. ATASH عطش aims to expand contemporary dance language with a West and Central Asian dance vocabulary, breaking up the hegemony of Western dominated aesthetics and specifically addressing socio-political issues and cultural hierarchies.

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