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Mithkal Alzghair

(SYRIA/FRANCE)

How can the un-representable be represented?

After the successful and well-received Displacement (2016), Mithkal Alzghair presents his newest work: a meditation on the power of images from places of conflict. Suspended in harnesses from the ceiling, four performers create fragile and emotional states of active and passive bodies, to a live soundtrack created solely from the performers’ voices.

How can we continue to produce images today, to show to the world what might be going on? Alzghair is opening a choreographic space to find the convergence between two parallel lines: reality and art. He aspires to create images that whisper, making audible the cries of fear hidden within them. Bodies and objects, scattered in space as if a bomb has exploded. This is post-disaster. This is the starting point.

choreography Mithkal Alzghair performance Mithkal Alzghair, Marion Blondeau, Olivier Normand, Noma Omran vocals Noma Omran visual art Khaled Dawwa light design Julie Valette costume design Manon Denarié  management François Chaussebourg production Les Bancs Publics production management Clémence Sormani coproduction ICI-Centre choréographique national de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon Midi-Pyrénées / Directed by Christian Rizzo, Mophradat with the support of the Caisse des depots, ARCADI Île-de-France, Ford foundation, Théâtre de la Ville and the Théâtre Louis Aragon – Tremblay-en-France, Al Mawred – Culture Resource’s Production Awards Program duration 60’ language no problem

Project was selected as part of Performance(s) between two shores supported by the European Commission in partnership with : Les Bancs Publics – Festival Les Rencontres à l’échelle (FR), BOZAR (BE), Dancing on the Edge (NL), Globalize:Cologne platform for dance & theater (DE), SEE Foundation (SE) – D-CAF Festival (EG), Shubbak Festival (UK).

Photo © Didier Nadeau