Julia Maria Koch

Choreographer & Dancer

Zenit:Nadir ( 2015)

In many societies, women and girls face specific risks and are less likely than men and boys to have access to their rights, due to their gender roles and position in society.(..) Women and girls comprise about half of any refugee, internally displaced or stateless population. ( United Nations Refugee Agency)


 Zenit and Nadir are arabic-deriving terms in astronomy, specifying the point vertically above and perpendicularly below the observer. Every human being carries these two points constantly with him, as a proof of existence, as his very own coordinates of positioning and whereabouts in the world.

In the piece we accompany a girl in a moment of her escape from her home-country, where it becomes impossible for her to life a safe life with dignity.

She decides to go on this long , consumptive journey with unclear outcome, a state of floating between her origin and her future prospective.

In a stream of consciousness-like instant, she goes through glimpses of her identity, through the materiality of her being, notions of her upbringing and internal conceptions of her cultural and religious education.

In the gloom of her tremendous escape, she passes through moments of deep connection and recollection of her essence, as uniquely singular and matchless as her very own coordinates of Zenit and Nadir, constantly accompanying her on her solitary journey.


Tags: dance Zenit:Nadir Berlin Yuri Shimaoka Hordur Mar Bjarnason Julia Maria Koch