Again and again we experience how fears are instrumentalised and abused.
Political, religious or power-hungry interest groups swear up supposed cultural and historical identities and strengthen them with narratives. The instrumentalisation of the basic human emotion of fear
influences our thinking, feeling and wanting and paradoxically
people to inhumane acts. Rationality and reason seem to say goodbye again and again in a state of fear and our emotions take the inner lead. In states of threat we long for the familiar, for security and support -
by identity and origin. Paralysis asks why we are so defenceless and vulnerable when it comes to our fears.
Whether cultural, political, physical or psychological - identities and fears throw
questions that need to be investigated. Within the spectrum lies the fear "for" one's own identity, as something backward-looking, which is rooted in the false idea of culture. It clings to the past, paralyses progress, holds on to the past, simplifies complexities and does not demand solutions to break new ground in a complex, interdependent world.
The interdisciplinary Palestinian-German ensemble of musicians, actresses and dancers manipulates the audience with a multimedia stage design in the form of a fictitious-
documentary interplay of live photography, video recordings, real and hypothetical images, memories, visions.
Movements, language(s), music and codes are interwoven. They blur and reposition themselves in contrast to the experiences of the audience. An immersive digital-analogue space is created in the various arts and abducts the viewer into the illusion of his own and other people's emotions; into a space of reflection and experience of his own fears, prejudices, stigmatisation and isms, which are played, shown and felt in paralysis. Stereotypes are unmasked, mechanisms of action are revealed and reproduced.
"Paralysis" as a German-Palestinian interdisciplinary play development on the themes of "Fear and Identity" is an intercultural co-production of the "Al Kasaba Theatre and Cinematheque" in Ramallah and bridgeworks e.V.
director: Felix Banholzer
Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.