Mia Habib Productions

ALL – A physical poem of protest


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“ALL..” is a physical poem of protest taking place in different locations in the world. The piece originate from Habib ́s large scale group piece“A song to…” from 2015 for 16 dancers and 30-50 local volunteers.

The poem consists of different local people, possibly of different ages, backgrounds and appearances. Depending on the cultural context and geographical place of the physical poem of protest, the participants might be clothed or naked. It may manifest as a 45 minute to three-hour long performance on stage, an hour manifestation in an outdoor public space or a protest, or… a 12-hour durational happening.

«ALL..» is born in times of large socio-political movements. Habib´s work is dealing with the question of how to draw the macro political into the body and rooting it in various local contexts.

Method, process and strategy

The score is an ongoing insistence on exploding the space with the only action of running and walking bodies into several climaxes inspired by Hatuka’s term ‘choreography of protest’. A guiding question for this score is “What is the ecstatic energy of a mass of bodies in a (performative) space?” The piece consists of a durational insistence of one living system in the space through a real-time mediation of strangers (the participants). In some editions of the piece (depending on duration) the audience gradually becomes participants as well. The score is accompanied by voice. The participants form a drone choir, going from low drone humming into a loud drone scream.


Choreographed by: Mia Habib

Original light design: Ingeborg Olerud

ALL- a physical poem of protest will be facilitated in collaboration with dance artists from MHP

Producer & General Manager: Grethe Henden

Producer and International relation Manager: Siri Leonardsen

Supported by: Arts Council Norway

 Articles and reviews

Article from The New York Times, May 1, 2019, by Gia Kourlas,

Review from Flash art, September 27, 2019, by Lucy Cotter

Review from Hyperallergic September 13, 2019, by Lindsay Costello

Upcoming tours 2020

  • Burgtheater, Wien, February 2020

International tours 2019 – 2016

  • PICA, TBA festival: indoor and outdoor performance. Portland, USA, September 2019
  • La Mama Moves Dance Festival, LaMaMa, New York City, USA, March 2019
  • ISFIT festival, Trondheim, Norway, February 2019
  • Theaterszene Europa/Studiobühne Köln, Germany, May 2018
  • Danse Elargie 2018 in collaboration with Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, France, June 2018
  • Deprogrammation/ Theatre Atlantique, 2017: indoor performance at Theatre Atlantique/ outdoor performance at the Parliamentary square and the Opera square as a part of a feminist protest, Bordeaux, France.
  • The protest “Love-in. Queer action for Chechnya” at the Soviet Memorial in Treptower Park in Berlin and in front of the Russian Embassy, adapted by Chorographers Jo Koppe and Jeremy Wade, Berlin, Germany, 2016.
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