2023 Movement Research ACROSS POLY(e)MOTION

Yalla Hafla

Performance by The Darvish & Judy Ladivina

16 June 2023, 9 - 10 PM
Rathausvorplatz Wedding / Wedding Town Hall Square

Yalla Hafla ("let’s party") is a monthly celebration of Mediterranean sounds and culture. Hosted and produced by the drag phenomenon Judy Ladivina and the belly dance sensation The Darvish, the show premiered in 2017 and has been growing ever since to be one of the loudest demonstrations of love and coexistence, offering a safe space for queer Arabs and Jews.

The Darvish

Darvish is a non-binary Syrian self-taught dancer, cultural events and performance parties organiser. After immigrating to Berlin in 2016, Darvish started exploring more deeply gender identities and different forms of artistic expression, questioning the relationship between social boundaries and performance art. Their main passion lies in two major events such as Yalla Hafla, which is a show celebrating the Mediterranean cultures and sounds and co-hosting & co-organising Berlin's biggest solidarity party with trans/queer refugees : Queens Against Borders. [Artist website]

Judy Ladivina

Judy LaDivina first came to life in late December 2015, after arriving in Berlin from Tel Aviv. With a strong foundation in performing arts, she is a fully trained choreographer and a lip sync extraordinaire in 47 languages. Always the hostess with the mostess, the werking mama is a phenomenal host and entertainer, her comedic timing and inspiring messages get to the hearts of the queer audience and fill the room with euphoric joy. She is the mother of the show Dragoholic which was established at Silver Future in 2018 and, to this day, takes place once a month at TipsyBear Berlin. Dragoholic is a safe and empowering platform for new drag artists. Since its beginnings, the show has provided a stage and launched the drag journeys of over 100 new performers. [Artist website]