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Simple as ABC #7:

THE VOICE OF FINGERS 

 
Said Reza Adib & Thomas Bellinck
Performance
2023 / ROBIN (Brussels)

At the time of the Qin Dynasty and the first Chinese empire, fingerprints were used to identify burglars, as well as to sign and seal documents. 2,000 Years later, Europeans would turn fingerprinting into a technology of mass control. After quashing the 1857 Indian War of Independence, British colonial officials in India started experimenting with fingerprints as a swift and simple way to tighten their administrative grip. In 2015, the European Commission published a staff working document evoking the use of detention and coercion to obtain the fingerprints of people who apply for asylum or cross EU borders without official permission and who refuse to be fingerprinted. The document’s authors refer to people obliged to give their fingerprints as ‘data-subjects’, carriers of readable information.

 

Starting from their shared research into border regimes, theatre maker Thomas Bellinck and journalist Said Reza Adib are writing a text play for performers Musia Mwankumi and Jeroen Van der Ven. From the tiny ridges of their very own fingertips they will zoom. To a world where skin patterns unlock laptops. And where fingers are commandeered by governments as measuring instruments - to decide who has the right to enter which territory.

CONCEPT & TEXT Said Reza Adib, Thomas Bellinck

COSTUME Rachid Laachir

DIRECTING Thomas Bellinck

DIRECTING INTERNSHIP Furkan Ak

DRAMATURGY Said Reza Adib, Esther Severi

LIGHT DESIGN Stef Stessel

PERFORMANCE Musia Mwankumi, Jeroen Van der Ven

PRODUCTION Marte Van Hassel

SCENOGRAPHY Mirjam Pleines

TECHNIQUE Arthur De Vuyst, Janneke Donkersloot

 

PRODUCED BY ROBIN vzw

COPRODUCTION Theater Antigone, ARSENAAL/LAZARUS, Münchner Kammerspiele

WITH THE SUPPORT OF The Flemish Government, Kaaitheater, KASK / School of Arts Gent

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