Hani Dance (Germany)

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Photo Credit: Bert van Pelt

Choreographer & Dancer: Saeed Hani Moeller

Dancer and choreographer Saeed Hani was born and raised in Syria and received his early training at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus. After his graduation he joined the prestigious Caracalla Dance Company in Beirut, Lebanon, to tour in Spain, Italy, Turkey, Oman, UAE, Jordan, Algeria and China. He also gained initial experience as a tutor at the affiliated dance school. Since fall 2015 he has been living in Trier, Germany and has performed as a dancer for several plays with various dance companies in Luxembourg, Belgium, France and Germany. In addition, he launched own projects like “One Night Stand” and “Dem Menschen ein Wolf”.

Saeed Hani travels a lot representing his work as a dancer, choreographer and teacher using the movement of the human body to communicate with the other cultures. He loves to combine different social perspectives and basically believes in the process of sharing intercultural ideas and viewpoints to create an organic new piece of dance.

The Performace

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THE BLIND NARCISSIST

In Greek mythology, Narcissus was the son of the river god Cephissus and the nymph Liriope and famous for his beauty. While he was hiking in the woods as a hunter, several admirers of both sexes fell in love with his appearance – without success since he was only devoted to his own beauty.

Nemesis, the goddess of revenge, decided to punish him for this behaviour and lured him to a lake where he saw the reflection of his image and fell in love without realizing that it was just a picture. Totally impressed by this beauty he was unable to leave. But each time he bent down to kiss it, it seemed to disappear. Narcissus grew more and more thirsty, but could not leave or disturb the pool of water for fear of losing sight of his reflection.

In the end, where he dies of thirst, there appears the narcissus flower, with its bright face and bowed neck.

The Blind Narcissist is a piece created as a duet, which unites the means of contemporary dance, visual arts, video art and spatial art.

It is about the self-destructive love of a man for a narcissist. The relationship in which one partner’s passion is directed to himself inevitably becomes a merciless struggle. For one is the creator and the partner only his creation. “You do not exist without me!”

CHOREOGRAPHY: Saeed Hani Moller
STAGE DESIGN: Alexander Harry Morrisson
ARTWORK: Alexandre Vicente aka Deeandbread

PERFORMANCE DATE: 17th JUNE 2020
TIME: 19:30
VENUE: ArtisTree Taikoo Place

 

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