Tümay Kılınçel

we love 2 raqs


Five dancing people stand in front of a window through which light enters, their faces are barely visible, they are very dark. The photo is a black and white image.

Based on raqs shari, or oriental dance (aka “belly dance”), “we love 2 raqs” confronts and deconstructs orientalist and colonialist imagery. In this choreographic performance dancers Dina Abdelhafez, The Darvish, Lia Pavlidis, Zadiel Sasmaz, Marilyn Nova White create a collective body of raqs through their interpretation of oriental dance and divergent genres such as tribal fusion, American tribal style, fusion, voguing, baladi and contemporary dance. Kanun player Dima Dawood, percussionist Sultan Kara and singer Leila Moon accompany them with music. After the solo work and HAU co-production “Dansöz”, dancer and choreographer Tümay Kılınçel and dramaturg Berna Kurt now take their raqs collaboration further, recontextualising dance as a feminist, self-empowering practice.


Artistic direction: Tümay Kılınçel / Dance, Co-Choreography: Dina Abdelhafez, The Darvish, Lia Pavlidis, Zadiel Sasmaz, Marilyn Nova White / Music: Leila Moon, Sultan Kara, Dima Dawood / Dramaturgy: Berna Kurt / Lighting design, Lighting technician: Catalina Fernandez, Raquel Rosildete / Costume, stage: Kathi Sendfeld, Merve Çelikyurt / Expert Advisor: : Nora Amin / Assistant director: Rui Wu / Make-up: Elliot Heider de Jahnsen / Photography, video documentation: Katharina Seibt / Production: Franziska Schmidt, Annina Birrer


  • Past
    Wed 24.11.2021, 20:00 / HAU3
    Thu 25.11.2021, 20:00 / HAU3
    Fri 26.11.2021, 20:00 / HAU3
    Sat 27.11.2021, 20:00 / HAU3

Due to delays in construction work at HAU2, this work unfortunately cannot take place there and will be moved to HAU3.

From 15.11.21, the 2G rule for all persons over 18 years of age will also apply at HAU until further notice. We are thus implementing a resolution of the Berlin Senate. You can find our current hygiene concept here. If you have already purchased tickets for an event but do not meet the 2G requirements, we will of course refund the purchase price. Please contact us by email at

Due to an extensive PCR testing regime for SARS-CoV-2, the performers can also move on stage in this production without minimum distance.


Production: Tümay Kılınçel. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm as part of Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, FFT Düsseldorf, Kaserne Basel. Funded by: NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Coproduction Fund for Dance, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Kunststiftung NRW, Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste, City of Frankfurt am Main - Department for Culture and Science, Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and the Arts, Cultural Office of the City of Düsseldorf, Expert Committee Dance & Theater Basel-City/Basel-Country.

Thanks to: Stefan Hölscher, Jasmin İhraç, Hans Unstern, Doğukan Karakuş, Kadir Amigo Memiş, Anar Imanov, Hengameh Yaghoobifarah, Malik Abdi, TSVI/Anunaku, ZULI, Antonella Mirco, Luisa Dobbrisch - Inima Fashion.


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