Dance of Death

January till March 2016, working with the Crazy Body Group in Teheran

“Dance Of Death, B LaLa” directed by Yaser Khaseb

Premiere was at the 34th Fadjr International Theater Festival,

30 more public performances were played at the Iran Shar.

The piece is dedicated to Bahram Reyhani, a famous Iranian pantomime, who died of cancer the year before while working with Yaser.

It is about death, the decision how to die dignified, about hospitals and dance, about spirituality and forgotten rituals, about soul and energy, body and pain.

We met Yaser first time ten years ago, discovering a similar approach to physical theater, ever since dreaming, hoping, planing to work together … this year it came true …

Cast: Yaser Khaseb, Pardis Zare, Ahmad Matouri, Sanaz Najafi, Mikel Ulfik

Musicians: Aso Khazadi, Alisina Rezania, Keyvan Malek

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La LOVE BOMB

La LOVE BOMB

Die Aufführung „La Love Bomb“ basiert auf einer wahren Begebenheit. Es ist die Geschichte eines jungen Flüchtlings, der nach Wien floh, als der Balkankrieg ausbrach. Dort begann ein neues Leben für die unschuldige Selma, die wusste, dass sie niemals in das besetzte Dorf ihrer Kindheit zurückkehren würde. Es ist eine Geschichte über wahre Freundschaft und Lieder über Freiheit und Krieg, um die magischen Momente des Lebens zu preisen.

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DAS SCHLAFSTERNCHEN

DAS SCHLAFSTERNCHEN, ein musikalisches Stück für Kinder und Eltern über ein kleines Sternchen, das immer wieder zu spät zur Arbeit am Himmel kommt und dafür als Strafe zur Erde geschickt wird. Dort trifft es den Räuber Zefferin, der statt eines Herzens einen kalten Stein in seiner Brust trägt. Als das Schlafsternchen ihm allerdings zeigt, wie man das Wort „Liebe“ schreibt, beginnt sein Herz zu schlagen und es darf an den Himmel zurückkehren.

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Where you come from?

                                      STREET CABARET

In a cold cold winter a mother, father and two little girls started off for a long trip. Nothing more but two big bags, was all they could carry on the road far from home. But they needed no more for it was hot and sweaty under the banana palm tree. In a new land it happened that the guitar learned new songs the adventures went along with new movements and thoughts became as big as never before.

Seeing different places, meeting new people, acknowledging other cultures degrade habitual thinking. Travel provides you the anonymity to risk new ways of being in the world. However, travelling can be both wonderful and horrifying experience. Most of people travel for a few days, weeks or a limited period of time to escape their daily routine. What kind of neurological processes happen in the brain when you travel for months or even years and how does travel activity influence your behavior? 

Having a permanent change of countries and languages, a constant search for a bed and warm meal, being continuously surrounded by unknown faces in their own culture can also become a routine. Is a `world traveler` an occupation? Can travelling make you a junkie? Can travelling ever disconnect you from your own culture? Can it really? 

     The performance „Where you come from?“ was inspired by travelling only. After 12 months in Southeast Asia with his wife and two daughters, Mikel Ulfik has never stopped being an artist. He left behind the daily routine in Berlin and resigned from well-established theatres in Germany to return to his artistic roots; he is back performing on the street. Now he is on the stage with everything he owns right now: his family, a backpack and a guitar. 

     In “Where you come from?” Mikel relieves us his emotional world as a globe trotter through songs and movement. Far from his hometown his smile is bigger, his voice clearer and his heartbeat slowlier. Will he ever return?   

    
Director: Tina Kukovic-Ulfik

Actors: Mikel Ulfik, Pia Shirin Ulfik, Sara Yasmin Ulfik

Songs: Mikel Ulfik

Authors: Tina Kukovic-Ulfik, Mikel Ulfik

Marivan (Iran); 7th Street Theater Festival: best actor, 2nd best director, 2nd best scenery  

    
Regie: Tina Kukovic-Ulfik
Schauspieler: Mikel Ulfik, Pia Shirin Ulfik, Sara Yasmin Ulfik
Songs: Mikel Ulfik
Autoren: Tina Kukovic-Ulfik, Mikel Ulfik

Marivan (Iran); 7tes Straßentheater Festival: Bester Schauspieler, Zweit Beste Regie, Zweit Bestes Bühnenbild

The Perhentian Island, Malaysia – Juli 2012

Phnom Penh, Kambodscha – August 2012

Marivan, Iran (Kurdistan) – September 2012

Ljubljana, Slowenien – Oktober 2012

Berlin, Deutschland – Juli 2013

Darbandikhan, Iraq (Kurdistan) – Oktober 2013