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Theatre maker Nora Amin reflects on how the performing arts were challenging the pandemic or succumbing to it

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– A letter from Egypt, by Nora Amin – 

In the global memory of performance, the year 2020 will be remembered as the year when we discovered that to survive, we must transform. Although a clear fact throughout the history of humanity, transformation re-emerged as a new realisation and a new practise that has to be developed on a daily basis. For theatre and dance artists around the world, it was necessary to convey the message that arts and culture contribute to the humane immunity system, that there must be innovative ways of holding on to them so as to hold on to the essence of our humanness and livelihood.


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Nora Amin is an Egyptian author, performer, choreographer, theatre director and scholar. Founder of the nation-wide Egyptian Project for Theatre of the Oppressed and its Arab network, and of Lamusica Independent Theatre Group where she choreographed and directed forty productions. Fellow of the Academy of the Arts of the World (Cologne), fellow of the International Research Centre for Interweaving Performance Cultures (FU), Valeska-Gert guest professor for dance sciences in cooperation with DAAD and AdK (FU). Expert in cultural management, and mentor at PAP/LAFT, and at Flausen+ Bundesnetzwerk. Her most recent publication is "Tanz der Verfolgten" (MSB, Matthes& Seitz).

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