“OK. Whatever. We're just anti-politically romantic about actually existing social life. We aren't responsible for politics. We are the general antagonism to politics looming outside every attempt to politicize, every imposition of self governance, every sovereign decision and its degraded miniature, every emergent state and home sweet home."

The Undercommons
Stefano Harney & Fred Moten

-Stand in a line.
-Keep at 50 cms away from the person in front of you.
-Arrive at the yellow line.
-Stand on the yellow line.
-lift your hand and give the notebook in your hands to the person sitting behind a glass.
-You can be friendly and smile.
-Don’t exaggerate, you will not become friends.

-Look at the document between your hands.
-Check that the person in front of you is the same owner of the document.
-You can do so by lowering your head to look at the photo in the document, and look up to look at the person in front of you.
-Don’t smile.
-focus. Protect us!

-Go to the nearest security check. For your security.
-Go to the nearest security check. For your security.

The Road to the Inside: An Exercise of Being Many [working title] is a participatory performance that invites the audience to a choreography about borders, maps and recent European migrant regulations, and questions their production of a body: What is this body? How it moves?

After two months of research on borders, maps and migrant stories, I am now spending my time in Kanuti Gildi SAAL, writing, recording thinking and socializing on what will be become the performance.

Rima Najdi is a Berlin-based performance artist. Her work occupies and (re)negotiates in-between spaces. She grapples with the ways in which identity is constructed and perceived, focusing on the lived experience of the body. She is interested in the vulnerability of the body in relation to the politicized tropes of gender, safety, mobility and representation.

Concept and realization: Rima Najdi
Dramaturge: Nadine Vollmer
Technical director: Federico Nitti
Music: Kathy Alberici
Graphic design: Maria Kassab
Co-producers: Centrale Fies – Drodesera, SAAL Biennaal, Baltic Circle International Theatre Festival , SPIELART festival, Bunker – Festival Drugajanje

The residency takes place within the URBAN HEAT project initated by FIT / Festivals In Transition network. Supported by Creative Europe programme of the European Union.