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Rethinking the unthinkable world without me

Neža Jamnikar & Maryam Bagheri Nesami

(Ōtepoti / Dunedin & Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland)

Rethinking the unthinkable world without me is a performance experiment of the (a)live and dead. Transitioning between absence/presence in time/place, the performative subjects (Neža and Maryam) create a live performance in between ‘no longer and not yet’. 

They open trans-subjective and trans-contextual communications to allow transgression/transition beyond the limits of conventional narratives of dying and death (as well as living). 

Temporality and ephemerality are core qualities in the approach towards the choreography of this event, the process of dying in each performance iteration varies accordingly with interaction and participation of the audience. 

Alive and/or dead aspects of self are welcomed, safely held, and respected.

Content warning: sensitive topic (death and dying)

10am - 10pm, 17-20 Feb | Te Whanganui-a-Tara (behind Te Papa) | FREE
* Maryam Bagheri Nesami will be performing from Auckland via Zoom


Creative Team


Neža Jamnikar is a freelance movement artist from Slovenia, currently based in Ōtepoti, Aotearoa. She holds a BA in ‘Dance, Choreography’ from Dance Academy Ljubljana (Slovenia), and a MA in ‘Contemporary Dance Performance’ from the University of Limerick (Ireland). She works in the performing arts sphere, creating collaborative research-led movement works and film. She is interested in instant composition as a performance format and is exploring movement through the lens of different somatic practices and improvisation.

Neža Jamnikar website

Maryam Bagheri Nesami is an Iranian dance person living in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. She completed her PhD at the UoA focusing on the choreographic practice of solo as a potential site for politically practicing freedom and discussing topics such as inclusion, non-violent resistance, strategic negotiations, and micro-politics. In December 2019, Maryam received a research fellowship grant from Kone Foundation (FIN) to work on a full-time project, Subtle Corporealities: propositions of resistance for creative practitioners.