Dance, if you want to enter my country!

On arrival at Tel Aviv Airport in 2008, as a member of world famous Alvin Ailey modern dance company from New York City, African American dancer Abdur Rahim Jackson was brought to an extra room. As part of strict questioning, border security offiocers forced Jackson to dance in front of them, in order to prove his profession as dancer and take away suspicions caused by his Muslim first name. Michikazu Matsune investigates this utterly bizarre yet true story in a highly personal manner. The performance searches for a different lens through which to examine the dark side of globalization paranoia, profiling and surveillance.

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Performance: Michikazu Matsune
Artistic assistance: Andrea Gunnlaugsdóttir
Text: Michikazu Matsune, Jun Yang
Photography: Elsa Okazaki
Video editing: Maximilian Pramatarov
Rehearsal assistance: Mzamo Nondlwana, Dorothea Zeyringer

Co-production by SZENE Salzburg, brut Wien and KYOTO EXPERIMENT.
With the kind support of the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs.