Gbg Mime fest – Iraqi Bodies

PITY: Part 2
Iraqi Bodies premieres their new creation – the second part of their pentalogy PITY – focusing on the eponymous character of Shakespeare’s play ‘Othello’.

We meet a desolate man stranded in the desert who has just lost everything worth living for. During one night he recounts his story from glory to damnation. By examining the enhancing or debilitating emotion of pity we are able to discuss this emotion with a backdrop of history carrying us into the contemporary world of today.

PITY examines the meaning and perhaps meaninglessness of pity through the lens of Shakespeare’s Othello as a tragedy which conforms superbly with the Aristotelian criteria of a Tragedy. The pentalogy takes the shape of five performances focusing on the traits of the characters Iago, Othello, Desdemona, Emilia and Brabantio.

DRAMATURGY: Josephine Gray
PERFORMERS: Anmar Taha, Josephine Gray, a.o.
PRODUCTION: Iraqi Bodies

SUPPORTED BY: The Swedish Arts Council, The City of Gothenburg, The Region of West Sweden
Developed in residency at STORA TEATERN/DANSCENTRUM VÄST


The work of Iraqi Bodies explores the link between movement and gesture, between dance and physical theater. Their artistic practice is deeply anchored in the theory and method of Antonin Artaud, Jerzy Grotowski, Eugène Ionesco, Samuel Beckett and others. By letting the body speak of the trauma of life and the predicament of man their work wishes to transcend any human differences and instead create scenes to show a reality shared by all. A poetic reality that finds the light in the deepest darkness of life.

They have performed at festivals in Denmark, France, Belgium, Holland, South Korea, Italy, Greece, Spain, Serbia, Iran, Lebanon, (Short Stories, Tanec Praha, Kalamata International Dance Festival, Madrid en Danza, BIPOD, Fadjr International Theater Festival, Attakalari India Biennal, LEYMOUN, Festivale Constante Cambiamento) just to mention a few. In Sweden their performances have been invited to perform at Dansens Hus Stockholm, Inkonst Malmö, Vara Konserthus, Pustervik Teater, Atalante, among other places.

Iraqi Bodies are based in Gothenburg, Sweden, led by Artistic Directors Anmar Taha and Josephine Gray

PITY: Part 2 (svensk text)

Iraqi Bodies premierar sitt nya verk – den andra delen av pentalogin PITY –med fokus på den eponymiska karaktären av Shakespeares ‘Othello’.

Vi möter en ödslig man som förlorat allt värt att leva för strandsatt i en öken. Under en natt återupplever han sin historia från ära till fördömelse.

Iraqi Bodies verk utforskar länken mellan rörelse och gester, mellan dans och fysisk teater. Deras konstnärliga praktik är djupt rotad i teorin och praktiken av Antonin Artaud, Jerzy Grotowski, Eugéne Ionesco, Samuel Beckett och andra.

Iraqi Bodies är baserade i Göteborg och leds av konstnärliga ledarna Anmar Taha och Josephine Gray.

Lördag 16 november kl 17.00
Lilla Scen
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GBG Mime Fest is a festival that offers high-quality live performances within the expression of mime along with workshops, master classes and academic lectures within theatre and mime. The festival aims to push the boundaries of what mime is and can be in the 21st century by inviting both established and emerging artists to share their work with a wider audience. In addition to stage performances the festival presents installations, shorter acts and music acts.

Read more about the festival here.

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