Embodied temporalities

Tracing narratives across Europe

Partners: Oyoun (Germany), SHOUT Festival of Birmingham LGBT (UK), Dafa Puppet Theater sro (Czech Republic), Play Perform Learn Grow (PPLG) (Greece)

What memories do our bodies hold? What can our bodies tell us about ourselves, pasts, and futures? Through Embodied Temporalities—Tracing the memories our bodies hold, the core artistic work of this Perform Europe project, cultural practitioners explore identities, belonging and embodied memories through diasporic, decolonial and queer perspectives. Embodied Temporalities is a research, archiving, exhibition and performance project under the artistic direction of Madhumita Nandi.

The partners behind this project will provide opportunities for mutually benefitting collaborations, from collective healing and empowerment to increasing the understanding of intersectional realities lived in the diaspora. The touring process of this project will be rooted in community engagement through a residency, conversations and localized performances at the SHOUT Festival in the UK. In the Czech Republic, the cultural center Dafa Puppet Theater will offer caring, non-gentrifying cultural and artistic mediation with local communities, and will host live performances, screenings and local conversations at the Liv'in Festival 2022. PPLG – Performing Across Borders, Greece, will curate nurturing exchanges between performers and refugees in empowering artist workshops and performances through trauma-informed facilitation. 

Under the artistic direction of Madhumita Nandi, Embodied Temporalities includes two touring projects by the following lead artists:

Ahmad BaBa


Ahmad BaBa is setting a ground for investigating identities on the level of bodies.

The residencies, screenings, workshops, discussions and performances will combine the dual disciplines that Ahmad is engaged in: performing arts and dance therapy.

On this spectrum Ahmad is investigating how systemic oppression is embedded in lived experiences of communities who are marginalized by default. How bodies hold notions of shattered identities, shame, and disrupted narratives that become the biographies they start to believe in about their own existence in this world. How to achieve therapeutic transformation when systems of oppression are still reproduced, even inside of mental health facilities, that most of marginalized identities have no access to? This residency is a space to exchange on these questions, centralizing the immense cruciality of one's own embodied experiences and polylithic identities that are affected by power structures and colonial narratives. To attend a cycle of a transformative awareness, the process cannot be individualistic, only, like many types of commodified western appropriated practices that pathologise non-hedonic behaviors, but rather its a relational collectivist approach that ideally understands community-based work as an act of change by itself.

His project will include screenings, panel discussions, critical dance therapy workshops, and a performative installation curated by the artist.

Gugulethu 'Dumama' Duma


Dumama, born Gugulethu Duma, is a South African future folk performing artist, songwriter and cultural researcher. Inspired by issues around inequality and displacement, she is concerned with projects exploring cultural preservation, presence and contemplations on futurity. Her interests intersect as practice based performance research, and interdisciplinary, collaborative bodies of work centered around political-poetic imaginations.

Reimagining folk music of ancestors, living and deceased, Dumama works with the voice, live loops, hand-made bow instruments, glitches and distortions. Fascinated by sound's power, the tonal emergence and decay in certain frequencies and emotions evoked within these frequencies, Dumama passionately explores sound as a tool for social transformation and healing.

February 2022

SHOUT Festival [also hybrid/digitally] in Birmingham, UK

Mon 21 Feb

Manuscripts of Foreign Bodies – Screening & Discussion

Live at Midlands Arts Centre: here  // ticket registration: here


Tue 22 – Wed 23 Feb

Deconstructing the Aesthetics of Embodiment - Workshop

Live at Midlands Arts Centre: here // ticket registration: here


Thu 24 Feb

QueeЯevolutions – Screening & Discussion

Live at Midlands Arts Centre: here // ticket registration: here


Sat 26 Feb

Ilk عِلْق – Performative exhibition/installation

Live at Vivid Projects // Ticket Registration: here

April 2022

LIV'in Festival / Pod Třešní  [also digitally] in Kladno and Prague, Czech Republic

Fri April 22, 2022 – 19:00 p.m

(De)Coding Trajectories – The body was always a center of an ongoing investigation

Live at Studio Alta: here // More info about the ceremony: here

Watch the recording of the live stream: here

MAY 2022

Performing Across Borders (PPLG) on Lesvos, Greece

Residency in Mytiline, Greece from 24th to 29th of May, partner PPLG

This international collaboration is made possible by PerformEurope. Perform Europe is an EU-funded project aiming to rethink how performing arts works are presented across borders in a more inclusive, sustainable and balanced way by testing new touring and distribution practices and providing policy recommendations for a future EU support scheme. This 18-month journey includes a research phase, launching a digital platform, testing a support scheme, and designing policy recommendations.

Perform Europe is funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union and co-managed by a Consortium of 5 organizations: IETM – International network for contemporary performing arts, the European Festivals Association (EFA), Circostrada, EDN – European Dancehouse Networkand IDEA Consult.