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To Catch A Terrorist -

Adham Hafez Company/ HaRaKa Platform


Time: Thursday 6:th of sept - 20.00

Place: Danscentrum

Tickets: book your ticket here

"To Catch A Terrorist" is a work that looks at the disciplining of bodies, the formation of borders, and the instrumentalization of fear. Based on American court transcripts documenting the first Arab and Muslim naturalization cases, this production stages these early 20th century documents for the first time, in juxtaposition to newly collected interviews with Arab and Muslim citizens attempting to cross borders, collapsing the historical distance between the past and today. While the impact of violence maybe viscerally visible when we address crises of war, it is perhaps in the quotidian micro-aggressions and daily violations of the humanness of a subject that we are reminded of institutionalized violence; a violence that is selective in its scope of enactment. The production looks at how the “performance” of law creates categories of being, tiers of citizenship, and classes of humanity, and how empirical modes of propagating knowledge could feed into political practices of body control. Through dark humor, data analysis, and inquiries that range from interviews with travelers at borders to traces of exorcist rituals set to deconstructed classical Arabic music, "To Catch A Terrorist" investigates vision planes and visibility in relation to the emergence of non-Western subjects in public discourse.

Performer:  Duncan Evennou
Spectral Performers: Lamia Gouda, Mona Gamil
Choreography and text: Adham Hafez
Data analysis: Adam Kucharski
Research: Sawsan Gad, Lamia Gouda
Costume consultant and designs: Mona Hamid/ Monzlapur New York
Accessories design: Redaa Gharib
Original Drawings: Manar Abdelmaaboud
Music: Adham Hafez and Nader Hafez
Space consultant: Samir Kordy and Mohamed Hafez
Visual research: Mike McCormack
Light Design: Jonatan Winbo


Originally commissioned for La Mama Moves Festival (NYC), To Catch A Terrorist is a production of Adham Hafez Company, in partnership with La Mama ETC (NY), HaRaKa Platform (Cairo), and with the support of Kuchar&Co (EG/ US)



Adham Hafez Company / HaRaKa Platform is a transient structure of artists, activists, and scholars based in Cairo, Berlin, and New York. Since its establishment in 2003, it received the Haputstadtkulturfonds Award, Arab Arts and Culture Award, Austria’s Federal Ministry of Education and Arts support (BMUKK- Vienna), and was invited to present its work at Damascus Opera House (Syria), Hebbel Am Ufer (Germany), ImpulsTanz (Austria), The Silahtaraga (Turkey), MoMA PS1 (USA) among other venues.  The company’s first production High Voltage was awarded First Prize for Choreography, leading the company to premiere yearly its work at Cairo Opera House between 2004-2010. Lately, the company’s production 2065BC was commissioned by Hebbel Am Ufer Theater and To Catch A Terrorist premiered at the Tony award winning La Mama Theater earlier this year in New York City.


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