The project AJIMA began when Marc approached Maija, a physically disabled performer, to collaborate in staging a freak show. Early on in the rehearsal process it became clear, however, that Maija’s life and abilities do not differ so radically from those of others. Instead, a much more intriguing question was unleashed: what is at stake in the process when we more or less carelessly make assumptions and cast projections on each other (and indeed on ourselves) based on our physical appearance or our assumed identity? An unusually different body in the theatrical space, manipulated by the director-performer relationship and self-exhibited under the voyeuristic gaze of the audience, makes this social reflex system more apparent. In AJIMA, our desires to see somebody being or doing something – including the resulting undertones of our roles and interactions – are being constantly re-negotiated. The AJIMA-experience already takes you in before entering the theatre, when audience members are asked to lend random pieces of their belongings to the performer – which later turn out to be crucial on stage… (M. P. Gabriel)



PERFORMANCE / CO-CREATION Maija Karhunen
CONCEPT / LIGHTS / VIDEO / DIRECTED by Marc Philipp Gabriel
STAGE / COSTUMES Friederike Meese

Info und Trailer: http://marcphilippgabriel.com/wordpress/ajima/

Aufführungen:
01., 02. Februar 2019: Sophiensaele, Berlin

17.-23. Jan 2018 // Zodiak - Center for new dance, Helsinki

1.-3. Dez 2017 // Les Urbaines, Lausanne

23. - 25. März 2017 // Swallowsfeet BRIGHTON’S FESTIVAL FOR INDEPENDENT DANCE

3 + 4 February 2017 // Keine Disziplin // Gessnerallee Zürich

19. + 20. Juni 2015 // SÅNAFEST // River Såna / HØLEN / SON / Norway

6 – 10 April 2016 // BUZZCUT // Festival / Glasgow / UK

23. + 24. + 25. September 2014 / 20:00h // CENTER OF PERFORMING ARTS “MITOS” / Lemesos, Cyprus

13. + 14. + 15. November 2013 // Studio 11 / Uferstudios Berlin