Between I and Thou (2017)
Between I and Thou (2017) enters an improvisation dance workshop in Hamburg, Germany, where a group from Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, and the United States moves through questions of migration, relationship, and creative exchange. A hybrid dance and interview format follows participants as they explore a collaborative practice where change is constant and negotiation ever present.
Featuring Sakhi Poya, Omar Kindy Condeh, Alireza Ghorbany, Zaher Dost, and Hannah Schwadron. Videography and editing by Benjamin Mandos, Original Music by Louis Schwadron
In Transit (2016), filmed and edited by Malia Bruker, features a conversation between Hannah and Mayo Akinruli, a Nigerian émigré. The two met while walking in Hamburg in 2015, and then again by happenstance in 2016. On the first occasion, they spent several hours walking a landscape they both only partially knew. Both had only newly arrived in Hamburg; Hannah, in search of her Jewish grandmother’s roots, and Mayo, in search of work. When they met again at random the following year, the chance encounter surprised them. In Transit depicts the improvisatory nature of what happened next, as they set out to share their stories of migration and connection through dance and interview.
Dancing Exile Workshops
Dancing Exile movement workshops led by Hannah in Hamburg, Germany explore dance improvisation and migration stories. Starting in the summer of 2015 and continuing into the present, the workshops engage duet and ensemble "structures for change" at the level of the body and the body politic. In the photo shown on right, a group of Afghan refugees currently seeking political asylum in Hamburg work through relationships to space, space, and points of view in a simple exercise called "stand up, sit down, lie down". The workshops provide an opportunity for international groups to humanize alienating experiences, and recognize the expressive power of a collaborative creative process.