Adham Hafez

Theorist, choreographer, performer and composer, Adham Hafez writes on contemporary performance history outside of western paradigms, on choreographic systems, climate change, and postcolonial legacies. He holds a Master’s in choreography from Amsterdam Theatre School, a Master’s in Political Science and Arts from Sciences Po Paris, a Master’s in philosophy from New York University, and is currently a PhD candidate at New York University’s Performance Studies department. Adham Hafez founded Egypt’s first performance studies and choreography research platform, named HaRaKa (meaning movement, in Arabic), and together with his colleagues they produce publications, pedagogic programs, international conferences, as well as create works on the lines of installation and choreography, for over fifteen years. His choreographies and installations have been presented at MoMA PS1 (New York), Hebbel Am Ufer (Berlin), Damascus Opera House (Damascus), and Sharjah Architecture Triennial among others.

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ETMAC: The Extra-territorial Ministry of Arab Culture

At a time when Arab countries are bleeding away their creative capital with the departure, emigration, or exiling of pioneering intellectuals and artists, one wonders about the future of their practices and legacies. HaRaKa’s performance theorist and artist Adham Hafez and anthropologist and urbanist Adam Kucharski pose the following question: can the institution of the ministry of culture be rehabilitated to serve this new diffuse community of art producers and serve as a locus of cultural production outside of the traditional boundaries of the nation? Can the institution evolve to meet the needs of an artistic and cultural community that is, at least temporarily, extra-territorial? And can it help to rebuild shattered national institutions on artists’ terms?

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