Suli Kurban (Munich) | Alejandro Ahmed (Florianapólis) | José Fernando de Azevedo (Sao Paulo)


29.10. 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

31.10. 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

01.11. 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

02.11. 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

03.11. 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

04.11. 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

05.11. 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

07.11. 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

08.11. 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

09.11. 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

10.11. 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

11.11. 10.00 am - 6.00 pm

Münchner Stadtmuseum


Entrance € 7,00 | Reduced € 3,50


Premiere | artist talk on Oct 29 at 03.00 pm at Münchner Stadtmuseum | Audio guides available for free during the museum’s opening hours. Ticket purchase at venue.


German or English

WHISPERING BODIES is going to be continued after the festival at the Münchner Stadtmuseum. 

For WHISPERING BODIES, the first part of AUDIOREFLEX MÜNCHEN – SÃO PAULO (the second half will take place in Brazil in 2018), three artists from both cities will use audio guides to establish personal and political references to the exhibition pieces in the collection of the Münchner Stadtmuseum. Alejandro Ahmed’s audio walk contains small choreographic tasks to observe one’s own body, pulse, and breathing rhythm in context with the museum’s architecture. In her audio thriller Suli Kurban links the glass display cases about the murders committed by the German neo-Nazi group the National Socialist Underground (NSU) to the Puppet Theater/Fairground Attraction Collection. The mannequins there show how »foreigners« were staged as exotic horror elements – similar strategies can be found in the reporting on the NSU; the reporting criminalized the murder victims in its presentation. José Fernando de Azevedo deals with flight and fear, and for this purpose he leads the audience through the section »National Socialism in Munich«. Via the unusual format of audio performances for a museum, new possibilities will be opened up for the exhibitions to be experienced in a playful and yet critical manner.

by Alejandro Ahmed
Narrator Jelena Kuljic

This audio walk through the permanent exhibition "Typisch München!" ("Typical Munich!") draws attention to perceiving one's own body in the context of the exhibition architecture and in context of the exhibits. In a suggestive manner, he brings the listeners to observe their own bodies in order to confront them suddenly with the words of someone who is not there: "I come from somewhere in the South." In view of the sculptures and objects in the museum, word associations challenge the listeners to face their personal memories: memories of enchantments and farewells, memories of the names of beloved ones and the names of cheated ones. And over and over again, the absent person from west of the Atlantic Ocean intervenes.

The audio piece begins in the foyer of Münchner Stadtmuseum, right in front of the entrance to the exhibition "Typisch München!" ("Typical Munich!"). Please enter the number 701 on the keypad of the audio guide and then press the "play" button.

by José Fernando Peixoto de Azevedo
Narrator Santiago Blaum 

José Fernando Peixoto de Azevedo leads us through the exhibition "Nationalsozialismus in München" ("National Socialism in Munich"). Based on the famous "Speech on Colonialism" by Aimé Césaire (1950/55), he invites us to take part in an inner dialogue on the assumption that for the first time ever National Socialism deployed colonial methods to rule directly in Europe. On the basis of the exhibition, which localizes and historicizes the National Socialist terror regime in Munich, he further opens up the perspective of the past and establishes references to the colonists, who turned indigenous peoples into refugees in their own land.

Please take your cellphone camera with you. The audio piece begins in the foyer of Münchner Stadtmuseum. The exhibition is in a wing of the museum on the ground floor; the entrance is in the courtyard. Please enter the number 711 on the keypad of the audio guide and then press the "play" button.

by Suli Kurban
Narrator Suli Kurban
Narrator of Kasperl's text Bernd Blaschke

Christine Umpfenbach, Tunay Önder

Suli Kurban combines in her audio thriller the presentation of the puppet theater / showmanship collection with the series of murders and attacks committed by the so-called "National Socialistic Underground." The audio piece illustrates that the puppets in the exhibition portray what is unusual and what is "foreign," and they are presented as being exotic and occasionally as being dangerous and horrifying. In the press reports on the "National Socialistic Underground" the victims and the members of their families were presented for show in a similar fashion; until 2011 they were exclusively suspected of being criminals.

The audio piece begins in the foyer of Münchner Stadtmuseum; during the course of the piece you will be guided through different floors and exhibitions in the building. Please enter the number 721 on the keypad of the audio guide and then press the "play" button.

Please note: At CROSSING OCEANS Suli Kurban will participate in the panel discussions BETWEEN IDENTITY POLITICS AND THE DISCUSSION OF A »DEFINING CULTURE«.


Artistic Design Alejandro Ahmed, José Fernando de Azevedo and Suli Kurban Idea  Sigrid Gareis


Alejandro Ahmed is the choreographer, artistic director, and dancer of the group Grupo Cena 11 Cia. de Dança. With Cena 11 Ahmed developed the dance technique "physical perception," where the focus is on a specific body, which then can best develop the concepts of the movements. Presently he is concentrating on the correlation between emergence, coherence, and ritual. He recently developed SOBRE EXPECTATIVAS E PROMESSAS, which was selected by Rumos Dança Itaú Cultural, and he also recently choreographed the opera ORFEU E EURIDICE in collaboration with the director Antônio Araújo.

José Fernando de Azevedo is a professor, curator, playwright and theater director. He studied film at the university FAAP (Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado), as well as philosophy at Universidade de São Paulo, and he received his doctorate in 2007. He is a professor at the Department of Arts and Communication at Universidade de São Paulo, and his work concentrates on Brazilian theater. He curated the Festival Internacional de Teatro de São José de Rio Preto; the International Theater Meeting Próximo Ato; and the sponsorship program Rumos Teatro. He is a founding member of the group Teatro dos Narradores, and he collaborates with Ordinária Companhia and Os Crespos, a group that deals with issues involving racism.

The film director and journalist Suli Kurban came to Germany with her family in 1999. She played one of the lead roles in DRAUSSEN BLEIBEN (»STAY OUTSIDE«) in 2005, a documentary film about the situation of ostracized youths in Munich, and in 2008 she participated in FLUCHTEN 1–4 (»ESCAPES 1–4«) at Münchner Kammerspiele. Suli Kurban was a speaker at the TEDxMunich »At Second Glance« conference in 2014. She received the media award from the International Press Club Munich for her most recent film, DER LÖWE VON NEUPERLACH (THE LION OF NEUPERLACH).


Production and realization
Production SPIELART Festival Munich in cooperation with Münchner Stadtmuseum, Museu da Imigração do Estado de São Paulo, Goethe-Institut São Paulo and MITsp – Mostra Internacional de Teatro de São Paulo Festival Funded by the Cultural Office of the State Capital of Munich and the Artist-in-Residence-Program at Ebenböckhaus, as well as the Goethe-Institut.


Part 1 starts on October 29, 2017 at the SPIELART Theater Festival in Munich
Part 2 begins in March 2018 in São Paulo

AUDIOREFLEX MUNICH – SÃO PAULO is a performative project on migration in Germany and Brazil.
Following two laboratory phases in Munich and São Paulo, during the first part Whispering Bodies (starting on October 29, 2017) at the SPIELART theater festival in Munich the three artists Alejandro Ahmed, José Fernando de Azevedo, and Suli Kurban from Florianopolis, São Paulo, and Munich will use audio guides to create personal and political references to the exhibition pieces in the Münchner Stadtmuseum.

The second part will be produced by the Goethe Institute São Paulo and will take place at the beginning of March 2018 as part of the festival MITsp – Mostra Internacional de Teatro de São Paulo. Ariel Efraim Ashbel, Claudia Bosse, and Rita Natálio from Berlin, Vienna, and São Paulo will develop artistic audio guides for Museu da Imigração do Estado de São Paulo and enlist themselves in the exhibition displays of the history of the recruitment and migration of European workers after slavery was abolished in Brazil (1888) – and in doing so, they will critically examine the historic "welcoming culture" of this epoch.
The Israeli director and performer Ariel Efraim Ashbel, who lives in Berlin, will shine a spotlight on the migration of non-white bodes in his project, which he feels is not yet represented sufficiently in the existing permanent exhibition in the museum. He will conduct interviews with the museum's staff members and develop his artistic intervention concretely within the museum's audio guide that already exists. In the courtyard of the museum the German director Claudia Bosse, who lives in Vienna, will create a documentary as well as fictitious narrative promenade through the exterior grounds of the museum. Based on comprehensive research in the archives, she will transform the trees in the museum's courtyard into artistic contemporary witnesses to the history of migration, and thus into protagonists in an alternative narration of the history of migration in this location.
The choreographer Rita Natálio, who lives in Portugal and Brazil, is also interested in the non-European perspective: Supplementary to the dominance of European migration in the museum's presentations, she would like to reflect the current migration movements and displacements and their political backgrounds during an audio walk, which starts at Museu da Imigração do Estado de São Paulo and goes to the current centers of migration in the city of São Paulo.