Habibi 2196-18 [2018]

It does not really matter where the prisoner of his own fear is. His cell does not have an exit, nor has his situation a resolution. By fearing our true selves, we constantly carry our cells with us and the only world which remains is the world of our images of what would happen, if…

Photo: Peter Huber

Idea: Helene Weinzierl, Erich Rudolf & Yuri Korec
Choreography: Yuri Korec
Dramaturgy: Jakub Turčan
Performance: Lukáš Zahy
Light Design: Jojo blue
Music: Oliver Stotz
Video: Markus Huber
Video cut/animation: Petra Hinterberger
Production: Skrzprst
Co-production: CieLaroque

The arabic word Habibi is a male connotation of darling or my beloved. The dance performance of an Austrian choreographer Helene Weinzierl Habibi Problem was inspired by a true story of two Iranian gay teenagers and their problems caused by the inacceptable otherness of their love. While one of them was killed by the authorities of his own country at the age of 17, the other lived in the UK exile under a constant threat of deportation back to his land.
Ten years later, Slovak choreographer Yuri Korec, who is the co-author and performer of the original version of this work, presents a renewed dance performance called Habibi 2196-18 within the context of the question of otherness in the Eastern European region.

Première: 10 December 2018, TICHO a spol. theatre, Bratislava
Presented within the Human Rights Month project.
The project was supported using public funding by Ars Bratislaviensis program.