“Katma” – is a slang term used in Sudan to describe parties. Its literal meaning is “suffocation/no room for breathing”.
Katma explores party and club culture, drawing inspiration from dance parties in Sudan, Sydney (Soul of Sydney, Freedom Session), and from back in the day (The Loft parties in New York, Warehouse Parties in Chicago, and raves in the UK).
Katma explores elements from those dance parties, translating the essence of this cultural movement and elevating it into a dance theatre context.
Concept + Lead Artist Azzam Mohamed
Mentor Charemaine Seet
Composer Jack Prest
Dancer Jackson Garcia
Dancer Geny Nvz
Dancer Angelica Osuji
Dancer Lydia Kivela
Dancer Jamie Kha
Interviewee Jackie L Barros
Interviewee Laura White
Interviewee Adam Warburton
Interviewee Doug Elki
2023 – PYT Fairfield, 3 weeks
2022 – PYT Fairfield, ReadyMade Works, 2 weeks
Azzam Mohamed, also known as Shazam, is a dancer, performer, and educator from Sudan.
In 2019 Azzam and his crew Riddim Nation were invited by choreographer, Nick Power, to develop and perform Two Crews, in collaboration with Paris-based HipHop crew, Lady Rocks.
Two Crews was premiered at Sydney and Adelaide Festivals in 2020. Recently, he co-created and premiered his first full choreographic piece The Risk of Hyperbole in December 2021 at Phoenix Gallery in a collaborative project with Australian composer and director Jack Prest, and installation artists and co-creators Joe Wilson and Chanelle Collier.
Recently, Azzam was invited to perform as part of Monumental performance program at the Art Gallery of NSW in April 2022.
Katma is proudly supported by the Australian Council for the Arts, the NSW Government through Create NSW and Fairfield City Council. It is supported by Crown and Packer Foundation and Readymade Works.