Missin In Action (M.I.A)

Mia Habib/Mia Habib productions

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21 OCTOBER 8pm duration: 50 min scenehuset

“She (Mia Habib) is challenging our way of seeing and dealing with difference” (Tanz Im August, 2016).

 Missing In Action (M.I.A.) is an exploration of the body’s kinaesthetic experiences of power and oppression. Missing in Action juxtaposes the images of the body as terrorist-stranger-oppressed to point at the human face of fear, and implies that a person is much more than the sum of ideas and images s/he is thought to represent.

 The history of this solo has become a crucial part of the work itself. It has been performed in a variety of contexts such as a church, a squat, the PKK guerilla in Iraq during the American invasion, Israel, Turkey, Madagascar and various stages in the Nordic countries. The solo also serves as a recurring material in Habib´s film “The Movie Concert” commissioned for the opening of Dance House in 2008. Philosopher Boyan Manchev has used the solo in his lectures in Sophia and at the College of Philosophy in Paris. He also published a Bulgarian book analysing the solo in the context of the transforming body together with works by Xavier Le Roy, Gisèle Vienne and Benoït Lachambre.

 Missing In Action will return to Scenehuset where it was first made 14 years earlier. This work from 2005 marked the beginning of Habib´s artistry and traces of this work is still to be seen in her projects today. This solo also became a door opener internationally as it drew a lot of attention from the large European dance houses to smaller groundbreaking festivals.  

The solo is a part of the curation of Untaming Tradition program from the guest curators at Riksscenen.


Performed by Mia Habib

Costume Mia Habib

Light Inger Johanne Byhring

Photo Petter Goldstine

Choreographical Consultant Ingunn Rimestad

Music “habibi”, funk from the favela Cidade de Deus, Shabak.

Produced by Dansens Hus (2005)

Resumption Mia Habib Productions (2005) with support from Kulturrådet