Adham Hafez

Ph.D. Candidate

Adham Hafez

Adham Hafez is a choreographer, composer, performer and theorist. His work encompasses postcolonial studies, the Anthropocene and performance, politics of choreography, Middle East and Arab art history, alternative modernities and climate change. As an artist and a theorist his work has been presented internationally at world renowned venues including Hebbel Am Ufer, Cairo Opera House, MoMA PS1, Sharjah Architecture Triennial, Damascus Opera House, La Mama Theatre, among others. He publishes essays and texts in Arabic, English and French, and he is the founder of HaRaKa Platform, Egypt's first platform dedicated to performance studies and choreography established 15 years ago, as well as the publication Cairography that translates and publishes essays on dance, performance, politics and choreography. Adham Hafez has received multiple awards for his work, including First Prize for Choreography.

Why PS @ NYU?

We define our relationship to one another through acts of performance. We manifest our politics through acts of performance. We are governed and choreographed daily through acts of performance. Performance is the omnipresent and metamorphosing human (and nonhuman) platform of exchange, knowledge production, and governance.


New York University

Ph.D. Candidate - Performance Studies

New York, New York



Master of Arts - Political Science and Political Arts

Paris, France


Amsterdam Theatre School

Master of Arts - Choreography



Ain Shams University

Bachelor of Arts - English Literature

Cairo, Egypt


Cairo Opera House

Certificate of Contemporary Dance

Cairo, Egypt


Helwan University

Certificate of Western Classical Music

Cairo, Egypt


Awards & Distinctions

• First Prize for Choreography, Cairo Opera House
• Certificate of Merit, Egyptian Ministry of Culture
• Mophradat, Brussels 
• Tanzrecherche Award, Dusseldorf
• Arab Fund for Arts and Culture Grant, Beirut
• Certificate of Merit, Bibliotheca Alexandrina