A transcultural performance inspired by the songs of the CIA-Torture-Paylist
National Academy of Performing Arts, Karachi Pakistan
Premiere: 31.03.2019

The torture-playlist of the CIA, a playlist of western (pop)music, used as a tool to torture the prisoners of Guantánamo, played by traditional Pakistani musicians is creating the frame for a performative  confrontation with the consequences of the „war on terror“ and Globalisation. A political music-performance, in cooperation between Pakistani and German artists, inspired by own research in Pakistan, as well as by the books Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Five years of my life by Murat Kurnaz and The CIA torture report. A shocking and moving mixture of pop music, tradition and cruelty.

THE PLAYLIST is a collective reflexion on differences and similarities of Islamic and Christian values and traditions, on capitalism and extremism. An interdisciplinary project in which music and singing, performing and speaking, playing and dancing alternate, mixed with documentary videos of own research in Pakistan.

Research Team: Elmira Bahrami, Jakob Weiss, Sunil Shankar, Fawad Khan | Concept: Jakob Weiss |
Texts: Fawad Khan | Stage Direction: Fawad Khan, Jakob Weiss | Choreography: Joshinder Chagger, Sunil Shankar | Music: Elmira Bahrami | Performance: Fawad Khan, Elmira Bahrami, Sunil Shankar, Joshinder Chagger, Jakob Weiss | Music Direction: Yusuf Kerai | Musicians: Ahsan Bari (Gesang), Shehroze (Sitar, Gesang) | Stage-Design: Jakob Weiss | Costumes: Erum Bashir |  Light: Zain Ahmed | Supported by: Goethe-Institut, Internationaler Koproduktionsfond, Berlin Senat Departement for Culture and Europe, NAPA Karachi

Dokumentation THE PLAYLIST: