Fri 02.06. 20:00
With “Displacement”, Syrian choreographer and dancer Mithkal Alzghair creates a trio that unearths, in strict composition, the brutality in the opposing movements of taking root and displacement. He is driven by the question how a life between war, revolution and migration leaves inscriptions in the bodies as well as how social and political issues, as intellectual, physical and cultural heritage, may re-enter expression in dance form. Movement sequences remain open as to whether they are an image for a country’s political heritage or rather dance steps chosen voluntarily – or if the two do indeed overlap.
Apart from being a highly topical choreography on the Syrian civil war, “Displacement” also represents Mithkal Alzghair’s research on his own body, formed by Syrian culture, and on his home country’s folklore. Educated in Damascus and Montpellier, the dancer and choreographer is looking for the influence that social and political realities have on dance: Do they mirror the Syrian military and dictatorial heritage? Do experiences of war, misery and migration have on effect on them? In a moving way, Mithkal Alzghair reflects the incisive experience of migration as well as the insecurity of exile.
The choreographer and dancer was educated at the Institute for Performing Arts in Damascus and completed the master’s degree course “ex.er.ce” at the Centre national choréographique in Montpellier. His works have been shown in Syria, Lebanon, Denmark, France, and Italy. “Displacement” premiered at renowned Berlin festival “Tanz Im August/ Dance in August” and went on to win first place at the Danse élargie competition, hosted by Theatre de la Ville in Paris.
Duration: 55 min.
Choreography: Mithkal Alzghair; Performance: Rami Farah, Shamil Taskin, Mithkal Alzghair; Dramaturgical advice: Thibaut Kaiser. Photographs: stavros photography. A piece by Mithkal Alzghair, co-produced by Godsbanen Aarhus, Musée de la Danse – CCN de Rennes et de Bretagne, Foundation AFAC and Les Treize Arches – Scène conventionnée de Brive. Supported by Centre National de la Danse Pantin, Studio Le Regard du Cygne and Théâtre Louis Aragon, scène conventionnée danse de Tremblay-en-France.