Nora Amin & Adham Elsaeid + Matthes & Seitz Verlag

Migrating the Feminine

On the Transgressions of Female Physicality in Public Sphere



Fr. 27. April | 20 Uhr | Eintritt: 5 Euro


A presentation of Nora Amin's most recent book "Migrating the Feminine" where she discusses the transgressions of the female physicality in public sphere, and emphasises the relation between the female body as a property in the patriarchal system across cultures, and violation as a political tool across time. A re-visit to the universal tradition of discrimination and supremacy, homeland and foreignness, regime and patriarchy. The German edition is translated by Max Henninger and published by MSB Matthes & Seitz Verlag.


Nora Amin is a world renowned Egyptian writer and theatre maker who works with -among others- personal experiences, physical expression and transformation whether in societies considered as conflict zones, or in stable communities with a need for self-expression and public statements of the unspoken voice. She is also an actress, dancer, choreographer and educator working in the cross section between the performing arts, literature, memory, personal histories and healing.

She taught several workshops for children and adults, but mainly focused on women's issues in relation to personal testimonies and trauma healing. She conducted her work in countries as various as Sudan, Malta, Tunisia, Syria, Denmark, Brazil, UK, USA, Morocco and Lebanon.

Her main project in Egypt after 2011 was "The Egyptian National Project for Theatre of the Oppressed", the first national movement of theatre for change, where she trained groups of forum theatre activists and created street performances with 600 practitioners, and expanded into an Arab network in Lebanon and Morocco.

In 2016, she became a fellow of the International Research Center for Interweaving Performance Cultures at FU, and published her feminist essay "Migrating the Feminine" in English at 60pages/Berlin and in Arabic AFAQ/Cairo.


Adham Elsaeid inspired by his grandmother's renditions of songs from the villages in Upper Egypt, and his uncle who engaged him in the country's oral traditions, Adham brings the traditional oriental sense counterbalancing the dominant western influence. He is a singer and founding member of Egypt's most popular music band "Wust Elbalad", a contributor to many works in theatre, film and television, and above all a unique performer of "Mawal". Recently, Adham participated in "Earthport" (Egyptian-German human specific performance) besides several other projects in music and acting in Berlin.


Organized by: Nora Amin and Adham Elsaeid

Language: English

Links: Facebook | Excerpts from the book | Interview with Nora Amin


A 90 minutes event of reading, singing and discussion. Language: English