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55 min

Meet the artists after the performance on 14/05

After studying classical and modern dance in Damascus, Mithkal Alzghair went on to study for a masters in choreographic studies in Montpellier, leaving him unable to return to Syria, his war-torn homeland. In Displacement, he explores the torn identity of Syrian bodies through dance and movement, from the viewpoint of the political, social and religious conditions they experience. He breaks down and rebuilds his different heritages, the body of traditional dance, the body of trance, the military body, the body in war, the body in exile, and questions their mutual connections. Migrating from an isolated figure to a group of men, Displacement traces a possible trajectory towards the other. A powerful work, caught between the desire to stay and the desire to flee.

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Mithkal Alzghair

Performed by
Rami Farah, Samil Taskin, Mithkal Alzghair

Dramaturgical advice
Thibaut Kaiser

Light design
Séverine Rième

Light technicians
Julien Bony, Julie Valette

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Beursschouwburg

Godsbanen (Aarhus), Musée de la danse – Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne, AFAC/Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Les Treize Arches – Scène conventionnée de Brive

With the support of
CN D, Centre national de la danse (Pantin) in the framework of the premium residencies, Studio Le Regard du Cygne (Paris), Théâtre Louis Aragon de Tremblay-en-France, scène conventionnée pour la danse

Performance in Brussels supported by
Institut français & Ambassade de France en Belgique in the framework of EXTRA

This performance was awarded the first prize at the Danse élargie 2016 contest, organized by the Théâtre de la Ville (Paris) and the Musée de la danse (Rennes), in partnership with the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès

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Notes on Displacement

My research is centred on the heritage of Syrian culture, its physicalities, its trance, its dynamics, and its repetitions. I am attempting to understand the sources of the traditional dances; through which process of impregnation and contagion they have been built, taking into consideration the social and political reality that have contributed to the creation of this legacy: the military legacy, the legacy of dictatorship, the legacy of authoritarian regimes, revolution, war, and displacement.

The necessity of this creation is related to what I see today in the Middle East regarding the question of displacement and migration: violence, murder, massacre, conflict, and revolution. My objective is to explore the identity of the Syrian body, the legacy that has been inherited, lived, and built, and to understand how the events that shake our region have begun to write a new heritage that is linked to the current political, social, and religious conditions. What is the identity of a society formed under domination and colonial dictatorship? Is it any different from those that experience war and migration? Where is the space of freedom for these bodies? What are the constraints and the ideologies incorporated therein and how to deal with them? Thus, Displacement incorporates the research about what I’ve inherited as well as my desire to participate in rebuilding a legacy that is now underway.

For me, there is an urgency and a need to show the world the realities of the Syrian conflict, both in the hope of the freedom that it opens and in the horrors to which it has adapted. Being outside these events, it is necessary to be present through art, to speak about the Syrian context and to question it in my work. This gives me a reason to dance, to be present on stage.

This research is articulated around tradition and contemporaneity, around my Syrian past and my current situation as a choreographer of contemporary dance, around my training in the Middle East and that in France. Without seeking to find a past that no longer exists or inventing a future without memories, I am attempting to understand how the Syrian identity is reconstructing itself, starting from my own reality.

Mithkal Alzghair, 2017

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Mithkal Alzghair (b. 1981) is a choreographer and dancer from Syria. He studied between the East (Higher Institute of Dramatic Art in Damascus, Syria) and the West (Master in choreographic studies ‘ex.e.r.ce’ at the Centre chorégraphique national de Montpellier). Alzghair has performed for several choreographers and recently collaborated with the Italian company In-Occula on the European project CRACK. In March 2016 he created Displacement, a solo and a trio in which he questions his legacy in a context of exile. The performance won top prize at the international competition ‘Danse élargie’ in 2016, organised by Théâtre de la Ville and Musée de la danse, Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne. In the fall of 2016 Mithkal Alzghair founded the HEK-MA company.

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