SNDO Graduation Performance Raoni Muzho Saleh

Sunday 17 November 2019, 16:30 - 19:30 hrs.
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 106
1012 GH Amsterdam

You are warmly invited to the final presentation of SNDO graduating student Raoni Muzho Saleh. The performance is displayed as self-curated three hours durational event. The audience is invited to join this ongoing installation according to predetermined timeslots. Please read practical information further down.

Raoni Muzho Saleh about their graduation performance:

Lashes came
and cried a river . . .

is an durational affective journey of 3 hours, in which I want to create a space that holds GRIEF and PRAISE central. I aim to transform the stage into an incubation chamber, a fermentation womb that urges one’s empathic and visceral self into ‘hatching’. This work exists out of three components. The first is the live performance of Lashes. Lashes belongs to the ancient tradition of professional mourners, whose responsibility is not to grieve on behalf of the bereaved but to choreograph the expression of people’s grief so that it has a public dimension and does not consume the bereaved in its chaos. Lashes moans in order to mourn, continuously tuning into the moan as affect and the moan as expression. The second part is the research around the questions: what can we learn about loss from the ways textile surrounds us in times of grief? And, what does extending our emotional and sensuous selves into materials surrounding us, teach us about connecting to a larger sense of life? The third part is the soundscape that is an archive of the collective moaning sessions I held throughout the process of this work. In these sessions bodies joined in a dark space, where we emphatically listened to one another’s whining calls and responded with our own sighs and whimpers. Since I’m researching how to sustain a durational affective journey through my drag persona Lashes, I invite you to sink in the space and join me for the whole ride. 


Date: Sunday 17 November
Time slot ONE: entrance between 16:30 and 16:45.
No entrance possible after. Time slot ends at 18:00.
Time slot TWO: entrance between 18:00 and 18:15. No entrance possible after. Time slot ends at 19:30 
Location: Jacuzzi, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 106

Important note: due to limited audience capacity we advice you to be on time. Please decide on which timeslot you like to join and arrive in timely manner to see the performance.

Entrance fee: the entrance fee ranges between EUR 3 and EUR 5, depending on what you would like to pay. The collected entry fees contribute to the production budget of Raoni’s work. You are kindly asked to bring exact change since there is no pin machine or change available on location.

A bar will be open throughout the entire duration of the event. Please bring cash.


Choreography: Raoni Muzho Saleh; Scenography: Sabine Okrouhlik and Raoni Muzho Saleh; Soundscape: Andrea Guterres; Advisor: Geo Wyeth; Poster design: Ahmed El Gendy; Much gratitude to: Stephanie Lühn, Bruno Listopad, Saskia de Vries, Metthew Day, Noha Ramadan, Ahmed El Gendy, Sabine Okrouhlik, Andrea Guterres, Geo Wyeth, Paula Montecinos, Martin Prechtel, Thomas Leijen, Lashes, Jacuzzi, the Crewing Angels and all those who insist on reshaping themselves in incubations.


The 4th year students of the SNDO – School for New Dance Development graduate by creating two works next to writing a thesis and completing their internship. Public programs take place in venues outside the school providing the students with professional working conditions and the artistic context.

The SNDO—School for New Dance Development —offers a full time four-year professional education course leading to a Bachelor’s degree in Art – Choreography. The school was founded in 1975 as an attempt to find new directions for dance next to the existing forms and styles that dominated the field. After forty years, the SNDO remains inquisitive, open minded, and in the foreground of progressive developments in the fields of dance and performance. In the curriculum, the school establishes the conditions from which the creativity of the student can emerge. Reflection on the specific qualities of dance and performance as art forms is developed, and awareness of the body and the artistic, social and political implications of working with it take precedence. 

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