Ancestors’ Banquet

Ulduz Ahmadzadeh | ATASH عطش contemporary dance company

brut nordwest


Dance / Performance World premiere / Multiple languages

27. , 28. , 29. , 30.04.2023 / 20:00

Everything that was not suffered to the end and finally concluded, recurred, and the same sorrows were undergone.’ Hermann Hesse

Two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents… sixteen… thirty-two… Our ancestors bequest a lot to our genes, bones, and subconscious.
Ulduz Ahmazadeh and her ATASHعطش contemporary dance company decided to do some genealogical research. In Ancestors’ Banquet, they take a closer look at what our relations have passed down to us.

A banquet of ancestors: From when they are born, people carry their forebears’ experiences in them, including war. Trauma handed down from one generation to the next is often invisible at first glance – subcutaneous, burned deep into biographies and places over decades. In this performance, the dancers embark on a forensic journey into their own blood, breaking the silence and finally allowing the spirits to speak through them, on their way to liberation and transformation

© Peter Rauchecker


Artistic co-director, concept, choreography Ulduz Ahmadzadeh Artistic co-director, concept, scenography Till Krappmann Concept, dramaturgy Anne Wiederhold-Daryanavard Composition, electronic live music Adrián Artacho Performance, co-creation Desi Bonato, Naline Ferraz, Flora Virag, Xianghui Zeng, Anne Wiederhold-Daryanavard Live music Lorina Vallaster (English flutes, voice), Anna Maria Niemiec (violoncello, voice) Choreographic collaboration Annelie Andre Scenography in collaboration with Abigail Marcillo Consulting expert Claudia Wielander Production management Mascha Mölkner, Julia Haas

A co-production of ATASH عطش contemporary dance company and brut Wien. With the kind support of the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the BMKÖS and the Zukunftsfond.