BASMALA – friend or foe

Choreography by Neco Çelik

How do Hip Hop and Islam connect? Six dancers are on stage. Between gangster rap and IS-HipHop. Between one's own faith and the radicalization of others. Between the Islamophobic stereotype and the heroic image of jihad. The dancers explore how to handle projections: see what you believe or believe what you see. 

Choreography, Stage design, Costume: Neco Çelik Dance: Sefa Erdik, Milad Samim, Said Gamal, Ibrahima Biaye, Freddy Houndekindo, Janis Heldmann Production management: Zekai Fenerci Concept: Julia Figdor Light design: Jens Piske


World Premiere: 10.03.2016, ZECHE 1 / Zentrum für urbane Kunst, Bochum
Guest performance: u.a. tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, Theaterfestival FAVORITEN Dortmund, FORUM Leverkusen, tanz nrw 2017 Köln

BASMALA captivates us as it offers a glimpse of conscience that seems to be genuine and is danced in a grand manner, a glimpse into strange worlds of martial beauty which at the same time tells about the abusive power art can have. (Dorothea Marcus’s review on nachtkritik, 2016)