Monday, 10 October 2011


'Insomnia' by Muhanad Rasheed (Iraqi Bodies) premiered last weekend during the 14th edition of Dutch Dance Festival in Maastricht. It was on of the highlight of this years program. Intriguing and sublime performance that takes you in the darkest of the night.
In a sinister gloom, six bodies try to find a place of calmness. They are routed out, and brief moments of tranquillity are abruptly ended by claps of thunder. As a refugee from Iraq, Rasheed has personally experienced insomnia. In this work, he lets us share that experience.

Trailer of Insomnia:

Concept & choreography: Muhanad Rasheed Dance: Duraid Abbas, Inez Almeida, Ammar Chole, Lotus Edde, Muhanad Rasheed & Edli Yosef Coproduction: Huis van Bourgondië and ICKamsterdam

Last year, the Iraqi choreographer Muhanad Rasheed won the Dutch Dance Festival Award. The City of Maastricht awards this cash prize to support a young choreographer in creating a new work. ‘This choreographer from Iraq succeeds in moving his audience deeply with his personal work’, the jury said in their report. As part of this award, the full-length production Insomnia premiered during the festival.  

Many people are still talking about the winning production 'Mourning', that unfortunately I did not see.

 For more about Iraqi Bodies:

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