My dance

My dance | Decolonising Bellydance

– Nora Amin

Nora Amin liberates the so-called belly dance from the sediments of history: she inverts the voyeuristic and exoticized perspective into a perspective of one’s own body and history, allowing the audience a new view. “My Dance“ is an attempt to shift power, a reflection on female sexuality, the erotic self, and patriarchal oppression, as well as the impact of colonialism and racism on belly dance and on the image of women that goes with it. The solo is also a personal testimony of the author, choreographer and director, who traces her own body history between Egypt and Germany. She searches for an artistic language that embodies both trauma and the ecstasy of liberation, and allows for communal dancing as an intimate and decolonial practice beyond the categorizations of white economies.


The performance includes hard topics, such as trauma, rape, injuries and disability. The video projection includes nudity!

🗓️ Date | Wednesday, 20.09.

Time | 08:15 p.m. Duration | 70 min


🌍 Language | English (with scattered Arabic words, and one song in Arabic)

👥 Participants* | Age: 14+

🌐 Contact | n/a

  • BIOS:

    Nora Amin

    is an author, theatre director, researcher, performer, and choreographer based in Berlin. Her work is situated between literature, theatre/dance and feminism and is borne by socio-political activism that rebels against traditions of patriarchy, authority, coloniality, sexism and racism. She has written several novels and essays. In 2000, she founded the theatre group LaMusica in Cairo and in 2011 the nation-wide Egyptian Project for Theater of the Oppressed, followed by an Arab network in Lebanon, Morocco and Sudan. Before moving to Berlin in 2015, she had directed and produced 40 theatre, dance and music productions. She was a fellow at the International Research Center for Interweaving Performance Cultures at FU Berlin, where she also held the S. Fischer Visiting Professorship in Literature (2004/05) and the Valeska Gert Visiting Professorship for dance sciences (2018). She has conducted of Baladi Dance from a feminist perspective at Berlin Mondiale, Tanzfabrik and Sasha Waltz & Guests, among others.


Sep 20 2023