Mithkal Alzghair

Displacement / FOCUS: SYRIA

26-27 ΟCT 2016
Upper Stage
1 hour (no intermission)
“Dancing here about death there”. Negotiating issues of displacement and exile, the talented Syrian choreographer Mithkal Alzghair explores Syria’s cultural dynamic and tradition through musical and movement motifs taken from Syrian folk dances.
Full price: 7 - 18 €
Reduced, Friend & Small groups (5-9 people): 14 €
Large groups (10+ people): 13 €
People with disabilities & Unemployed: 5 €
Companions: 10 €
Combo 1+1 (reduced prices): 1 ticket to "While I was Waiting" & 1 ticket to "Displacement"
“I'm not looking for a past that no longer exists, and I don’t want to create a future without memories”, declares the up-and-coming Syrian choreographer who has been living and working in France since 2010. “What interests me is the heritage and identity of the Syrian body-how to render it visible and how it is being affected within its complex context of revolutions, wars, conflicting ideologies, the desire for freedom, destruction and immigration.” In this, his most recent work, Alzghair starts out with musical and movement motifs from traditional dances. Through the dynamic of Syrian culture and tradition, he explores how these were formed and to what extent they will change under pressure from the radical changes his country is experiencing.

The body, the locus par excellence of experience, expresses the traumatic realities of life for the Syrian people: the body at a fixed point for centuries, now restricted, trapped; the suffering body; the body-in-waiting-undecided between movement and immobility; the body in action; the body in flight; the body displaced or exiled. Before all else, Displacement allows this talented young choreographer to address his own dilemmas. Caught between two countries, but also between art and reality, he manages to highlight what’s happening ‘there’ ‘here’.


Choreography: Mithkal Alzghair
Interpreters: Rami Farah, Shamil Taskin, Mithkal Alzghair
Dramaturgical Advice: Thibaut Kaiser
Co-productions: Godsbanen – Aarhus (Danemark)/Musée de la Danse-CCN de Rennes et de Bretagne / the foundation AFAC / Les Treize Arches-Scène conventionnée de Brive.
With the support of: Centre National de la Danse – Pantin, France, Studio Le Regard du Cygne, Théâtre Louis Aragon, scène conventionnée danse de Tremblay-en-France.

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Thursday 27 October
After performance talk with Mithkal Alzghair
Chaired by Nina Alcalay, dance theorist

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26 - 27 Oct 2016

21:00 Main Stage
Full price: 7 - 10 - 15 - 18 €
Reduced, Friend & Small groups (5-9 people): 8 - 12 - 14 €
Large groups (10+ people): 7 - 11 - 13 €
People with disabilities & Unemployed: 5 €
Companions: 10 €
Combo 1+1 (reduced prices): 1 ticket to "While I was Waiting" & 1 ticket to "Displacement"
Combo 2x1 (reduced prices): 2 tickets on the same day


Omar Abusaada While I was waiting / FOCUS: SYRIA