INLET - About walls and borders

Walls have always played an important role in human history - both those made of stone and barbed wire and those in people's minds. They serve as borders, fortresses and places of refuge. They keep invaders out or their own people in.


As part of the dance piece "Inlet", choreographer Saeed Hani and his international dance ensemble, consisting of Nikita Goile (FR), Francesco Ferrari (IT) and Michele Scappa (IT), explore the concept of walls, borders and fences, which is probably more relevant today than ever. On October 13th "Inlet" celebrates its premiere in the Messepark Trier, followed by two further performances on October 14th and 15th.

The project is a co-production of menschMITmensch e.V. and Hani Dance and is part of the supporting program of the state exhibition "The Fall of the Roman Empire". Saeed Hani's spark of ideas for the piece ignited while reading the legend of the founding of Rome, in which a wall plays a decisive role. Romolus kills his brother Remus in an argument when he jumps over the newly built city wall, which is considered sacred, smirking. Based on the question "Does a violent beginning inevitably lead to a violent end?" Hani began to deal with walls and their meaning for humanity and for himself.

“I grew up in the Middle East until I was 26, where I faced not only physical limitations but many moral and intellectual limitations as well. That's why I've always asked myself why the world glorifies walls and borders as problem solvers and saviours, even though they prevent human progress and deprive people of the right to a free, self-determined life," says Saeed Hani. With his pieces, Saeed Hani delivers more than just dance. Rather, he sets entire landscapes, fragments and scenes in motion. His dancers are often naked because costumes are inevitably interpreted by the audience. The view of the human body and the objects used, which become part of the staging, remains pure and without distraction. "I like to use the term "Movement Art" for my work, i.e. the art of movement, because I want to go beyond the means of so-called "contemporary dance", says Saeed Hani.

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Originally from Reunion Island, Nikita studied at the National Superior Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris. After spending some time in Israel, she came back to France in order to obtain her Teaching diploma before joining ZfinMalta, the Nationale Company of Malta where she had the chance to collaborate with Mavin Khoo, Jose Agudo, Ivan Perez Avilez and Athanasia Kanellopoulou. She then freelanced with companies such as Ballet Preljocaj, Ikari, and Lucia Piquero, before joining National Dance Company Wales in December 2017. It is probably after discovering Bill Viola that she started to develop interest for video and creating her own work. Her first video dance This moon seems so sunny made in 2016 was programmed at AVAYAVA festival in Puna India the following year.

Her first creation was a duet, Ecrit , which was commissioned by the National Company for Wales in 2018. After two years of research her solo In the Palm of your Hand finally premiered in May 2021. Recently commissioned by the English National Ballet in London, she created Lilith's Voice which has just been released digitally.

Michele Scappa

Michele is a dancer, who is investigating more and more the idea of corporeality through the research of physical theatre, improvisation and authorship. He studied as a dancer at Opus Ballet to then conclude his studies at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, where he achieved a Master in Contemporary Dance Performance with Distinction. Inside the program VERVE he danced for Hannes Langolf, Sita Ostheimer, Lenka Vagnerova and Matthew Robinson. Afterwards he took part in the creation process of ‘Vocabulary of need’ by Yuval Pick at CCNR of Lyon.
From the start of pandemic he decided to focus on discovering Italian realities, collaborating with: Kinkaleri, Sofia Nappi, Company Blu, Cie Twain, Gruppo Nanou and Luna Cenere.

Michele is currently based in Tuscany, where he also studies Psychology at University of Florence and where he collaborates with Sara Capanna e Barbara Carulli for the development of the project Tracce | Looking for a place to die, co-produced by Anghiari Dance Hub and Company Blu, and winner of Theodor
Rawyler 2022 award.

Francesco Ferrari

Francesco was born and raised in Italy. After graduating from London Contemporary Dance School in 2013, Francesco joined Scottish Dance Theatre under the Postgraduate apprenticeship scheme. He remained with the company as full time dancer until 2018, when he started freelancing and working at various projects mainly across the UK, Belgium, France and Lebanon. He worked with renowned international choreographers such as Damien Jalet, Anton Lachky, and Jo Stromgren amongst others.


The most recent production he took part in is ‘Planet [wanderer]’ by Damien Jalet/Kohei Nawa and commissioned by Théâtre National de Chaillot. Last November he also premiered ‘Cents Mille Façons de Parler’ by Maqamat, directed by Omar Rajeh.



Photos by Marco Pavone




Choreography: Saeed Hani
Dancers: Nikita Goile, Michele Scappa, Francesco Ferrari
Costume Design: Carolin Schäfer
Light Design: Marc Thein
Stage Design: Saeed Hani
Music: Jakob Schumo
Trailer: Blackgate Media
Photos INLET: Andrea Galad
Production: menschMITmensch e.V. & HANI DANCE