Tender Violence

Tender Violence is one of two duets, made as reflections on a man-hood and women-hood with their different aspects in the Middle-Eastern and Western culture.

In the frame of Cairo Downtown International Arts Festival (D-CAF) The100Hands have created for two subsequent years performances for downtown public space. Tender Violence is one of the two duets Jasper and Mojra made after their working experience in Egypt. It explores the public, physical display of manhood – which seems to differ majorly between different cultures. This social arena is filled with unwritten rules, cultural norms, deep friendships, violence and unexpected intimacies. What is the common ground beneath the apparent differences?

Tender Violence is danced by two man: a Dutch and an Egyptian dancer, while The Unpracticality of Beauty is danced by two women: a Slovene and an Egyptian. Both duets invite men and women alike to watch, experience and share opinions.


Premiere: 20 Mar 2015 in D-CAF Cairo, Egypt

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Concept: Jasper Džuki Jelen and Mojra Vogelnik-Škerlj
Jasper Džuki Jelen, Mojra Vogelnik-Škerlj
Performed by: Jasper Džuki Jelen, Khadija Usef, Mohamed El Deep and Mojra Vogelnik-Škerlj
Music: Mohamed Shafik
Costumes: Jasper Džuki Jelen and Mojra Vogelnik-Škerlj with the cast
Production: Orientproductions / D-CAF International Contemporary Arts Festival Cairo, Egypt. 2015
Support: The Dutch Embassy in Egypt, Studios Emat Eddin

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