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PR-foto Alphabets of Flesh @Bonnefanten_foto Afagh Morrowatian

Premiere at Dutch Dance Days

Our new dance performance Alphabets of Flesh will premiere at the Dutch Dance Days from October 4 to 10, 2024. We are proud to be part of this celebration of Dutch dance in Maastricht. Alphabets of Flesh can be seen from October 4 to 6 in AINSI and on October 10 in a special version among the works of art by the Polish artist Małgorzata Mirga-Tas in the Bonnefanten.


With Alphabets of Flesh, Morrowatian makes tangible what it is like to be a body in diaspora. Together with dancer Mami Izumi, she envisions the fragmented experience of time and space of people who, like themselves, have left their native land. With dance, language, music and video Alphabets of Flesh creates a temporary home in which differences are embraced and uprooting is a source of strength.


With the performance in the Bonnefanten, Roshanak Morrowatian responds to the work of Małgorzata Mirga-Tas and Morena Bamberger in the exhibition This is not the end of the road. Central in this exhibition is one of the most important and largest works in the oeuvre of Mirga-Tas: Re-enchanting the World. She created it for the Polish Pavilion at the 2022 Venice Biennale as an attempt to expand the art history and idiom of Europe with representations of the Roma culture.

Mirga-Tas belongs to the Roma culture; an originally nomadic people who are spread over large parts of the world. She works in various media, but is renowned mainly for her large-scale textile works, in which she celebrates the Roma identity from a feminist perspective, stripping it of prejudices. Bonnefanten also invited artist Morena Bamberger to respond to Mirga-Tas’s work. She made a new installation about her Sinti roots.

On October 10, Roshanak Morrowatian and Mami Izumi will dance among the works of art. With this special version of Alphabets of Flesh they depict how memories and experiences are stored in your body when you are displaced. Curator Nina Folkersma will give a short introduction prior to the performance.

Dates and tickets

Fri October 4, 17:00 – 17:55 (try-out)
Sat October 5, 15:00 – 16:55 (premiere)
Sun October 6, 10:30 – 11:25
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Thu October 10, 16:00-16:30 (special)
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