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Recording: 2018-02-17 , DOCK 11 (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Nir de Volff / TOTAL BRUTAL

Come as you are # Berlin


Production Details / Press Releases

What happens when Syrian dancers, who worked in their homeland at Tanzshows like “Aladin” and dance ballet and Dabke, meet the contemporary Berlin dance scene? Can a person erase the history of his body and start a new journey?

TOTAL BRUTAL shows the process of adaptation and artistic integration of refugees into the Berlin art landscape. The focus of the project is on the physical hurdles of their daily lives, fears, disappointments, on their mental change and new encounters in the big city. “Come as you are“ is a physical and theatrical exploration of three male dancers, whose background is radically different from the Berlin scene and which have now arrived in this city and try to find their way into it. Their new impressions of the local cultic scene, their search for new identity, thier cultural taboos, their hopes and daily experiences, which could quickly become nightmares, are constructing the layers of show.


TFB Nr. 1164

Cast & Credits

Choreography: Nir de Volff
By and with: Medhat Aldaabal, Moufak Aldoabl, Amr Karkout
Light: Asier Solana Arce
A Nir de Volff / TOTAL BRUTAL production in co-production with LOFFT–Das Theater Liepzig.
Supported by the city of Leipzig-Culture department.
Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. HOMEBASE Berlin and special support from Mapping dance Berlin program.


Kastanienallee 79
10435 Berlin



Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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