dance, music, body wisdom from egypt
6 - 14 December
Salam is tanz raum's intercultural performance project in collaboration with the Jesuit Cultural Center in Alexandria and supported by Kulturstiftung des Kantons Thurgau, Switzerland.
The project brings European and Egyptian dance students together to meet and learn and create - through art and for life.
Salam was born in January 2019, the first edition took place in October 2019. Finally after a pause during the Pandemic, the next edition will come in December 2022.
Rouane (EGY), Monica (EGY), Corinne (F), Mohamed (EGY), Sara (EGY), Sonia (CH), Laura (IT/CH), Ahmed (EGY/MAR), Marwa (EGY), Anita (AUT), Nadine (FR), Demiana (EGY), Christiane (FR), Michela (IT/CH), Mohamed (EGY), Agneta (SWE), and Eric (CH).
Claudia Heinle (DE/CH), Caroline Chevat (FR/CH), Mourad Adli (EGY), Amir Ezzat (EGY)
"Before the workshop, I was very hesitant about being there. I never imagined that it would be the best experience I ever had in my life."
"We shared what we are. We do not have the same life, the same beliefs, or the same culture, but the same desire to communicate and understand each other. I feel so full and enriched by what we have shared. We are connected, I have the impression of waking up with another consciousness. When I left, I felt my heart physically hurt. Universal peace is possible."
"I was impressed by how well the project was prepared, organized, and communicated. Throughout the workshops and the entire production process, the authentic, creative, and open-minded approach used by the teaching-artists opened up lots of space for development and participation."
"I loved it when we formed a circle every day to share how we felt. Whenever a philosophy regarding the dance was demonstrated, it was introduced in this circle, like a folk tale. Every day I looked forward to this circle and its stories."
"This was my first journey to Egypt. It was unforgettable, with candid encounters and intense moments of creativity. The Egyptian dance language with its ancient rituals has a peaceful effect on me. To share this with young Egyptian women and men and perform in public was an incredible experience."
"I never experienced anything like this before.The people, the reception of the host organization, the intimate atmosphere within the workshop - we felt like a family. But more importantly, I discovered a part of myself I never knew about, the spiritual part that emerged."
"Right away, we are connected through our breathing, movement and music. We go through a language beyond speech, a much more universal language, and we become one entity. Something magical happens and hovers above us and within us. Every day, we meet with joy, first to share a meal, then to create art together. The days are touched by the grace of love. We work hard, but with a lightness peculiar to people who are united."
Salam takes place in the special atmosphere of the Jesuit Cultural Center in Alexandria. With the Garage Theatre, studios and Café it is a perfect place to be creative. Director Sami Creta and his team are looking forward welcoming us.
Alexandria Airport (EGY)
Cairo Airport (EGY)
Participation for Egyptians: 300 Egyptian Pound
Participation for Europeans: 580 Euro/Swiss Francs
We have worked in numerous countries, festivals, and institutions like: Helferei Zurich (CH) I JACC Opera House in Kuwait City (KW) I Klosterkirche St Katharinental (CH) Theaterspektakel in Zurich (CH) I The Bibliotheca Alexandria (EGY) I Haus der Kulturen in Berlin (DE) I IMA Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (FRA) I Café de la Danse in Paris (FRA) I Tanzhaus Zurich (CH) I Cankarjew Dom in Ljubljana (SL) I ADEM Les Ateliers Geneva (CH) I CAK Centre for African Culture Oslo (NO) I University Constance (DE) I Stadttheater Constance (GER) I Dreispitz Kreuzlingen (CH) I Lalish Theatre in Vienna (AUT) I Opera House Cairo (EGY) I Opera House Alexandria (EGY) I Opera House Dubai (UAE) I Lutherkirche Constance (GER) I Chapelle des Maristes (FRA) I Krypta Münster Constance (GER) I High Institute of Music in Paris (FRA) I Dynamo Jugendkulturhaus Zürich (CH) I Tanzhaus in Dusseldorf (DE) I Dansens Hus in Stockholm (SE) I Tanz & Theater Werkstatt Ludwigsburg (DE) I Inter'Val d'Automne (FRA) I WHO World Health Organization Copenhagen (DK) I Karthago Festival (TUN), I Theatre Altigone Toulouse (FRA).
In January 2019, Cie tanz raum performed at Garage Theatre in Alexandria: Caroline Chevat and Claudia Heinle with musicians Amir Ezzat and Murad Adli from Egypt. Right after performing, artists and audience met for a discussion. The audience's interest was so immense that everybody remained in the theatre for an hour. The audience was impressed by how a Swiss dance company in a novel and contemporary way interpreted their dance language. We talked about dance and the human body, in relation to history, society, gender, and religion. The public urged us to find a possibility to come back to Egypt and to give workshops. The next day, our way back to Europe, the idea popped up to create an intercultural performance project in answer to their suggestion.
In October 2019, Cie tanz raum traveled back to Alexandria together with European student-artists, who brought their love for Egypt, their different talents and motivation. The group met Egyptian student-artists who likewise contributed their talents. The company has been in residence for one week and the outcome culminated in the presentation of an intercultural dance performance with live music in Garage Theatre.
In December 2022 Cie tanz raum will be back in Alexandria for Salam II. edition. Do you want to be part of it? Please send a short letter of motivation to: email@example.com.