Dance, if you want to enter my country!

In 2008 there was a little-known incident at the Tel Aviv International Airport. African-American dancer Abdur-Rahim Jackson, a member of world famous Alvin Ailey modern dance company from New York City, was stopped at the passport control. As part of a strict questioning caused by suspicions surrounding his Muslim first name, he was eventually forced to dance in front of border security officers to prove his profession and identity. 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
Feedback: Mzamo Nondlwana
Text: Michikazu Matsune, Jun Yang
Portrait photo: Elsa Okazaki
Video editing: Maximilian Pramatarov
Rehearsal assistance: Dorothea Zeyringer
Tour management: Franziska Zaida Schrammel

Co-production by Szene Salzburg, KYOTO EXPERIMENT and brut Wien
With the kind support of The Cultural Department of the City of Vienna
Created in 2015