In Under Cover, Iranian-Austrian dancer and choreographer Ulduz Ahmadzadeh crosses autobiographical continents, places and contexts and connects these experiences to the experiences of other ‘oriental’ women in a captivating mix of performance, film and installation. Whether they are wearing a hijab or not, the ethnic background of these women draws a veil of social prejudice over the reality of their lives. The recent populist conflation of terms like Islam, hijab and terrorism does not help either, but intensifies this one-dimensional representation of Muslim women. For this reason, Ahmadzadeh leaves behind the false pretences of origin-related debates and engages with an analysis of the socio-political situation, which might enable us to subvert existing power structures. Based on interviews, Ahmadzadeh will assume the identities of different women, thereby providing insight into a complex field of diverging social roles, belief systems and individual takes on pleasure and freeing the body.
born 1981 in Teheran, danced from an early age on, even though it is forbidden in Iran. She was arrested for breaking this censoring law while she was working with Compagnie Harekat. Nevertheless, these intimidating policies couldn´t stop her from being a dancer and choreographer.
Ulduz studied directing at Soureh University of Art in Teheran, contemporary dance pedagogics at MUK in Vienna and Social Design (MA) at Angewandte. Since 2012, she runs tanz.labor.labyrinth, a contemporary dance company. Ulduz was chosen for the Ö1 Talentebörse and received the TURBO Residency at ImPulsTanz and the danceWEB scholarship.
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Ulduz Ahmadzadeh on Under Cover
Hannah De Meyer