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Picture: Mithkal Alzghair
Displacement in Berlin
Picture: Laura Giesdorf
Displacement in Berlin
Picture: Laura Giesdorf
Displacement in Berlin
Picture: Laura Giesdorf
Displacement in Berlin
Picture: Laura Giesdorf
Displacement in Berlin
Picture: Dajana Lothert
Displacement in Berlin
Picture: Laura Giesdorf
Displacement in Berlin
Picture: Dajana Lothert
Displacement in Berlin
Picture: Dajana Lothert
Displacement in Berlin
Picture: Dajana Lothert
Displacement in Berlin
Picture: Dajana Lothert

Picture: Dani Abo Louh
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Mithkal Alzghair

Displacement

How does a body react when its movement is forced or it is prevented from moving? Which physical and cultural knowledge do people internalize in a country that is characterized by revolution, ideologies, war and only brief moments of stability? With “Displacement”, the Syrian choreographer Mithkal Alzghair tackles the thematic field of rootedness versus displacement. The work is characterized by conflicting movements and feelings – staying or fleeing; the hope of escaping; the uneasiness of knowing that a return is impossible. As well as being a highly topical choreography about the civil war in Syria, “Displacement” is also Alzghair’s investigation into his own body, which is shaped by Syrian culture, and into the folklore of his homeland. The dancer and choreographer, who was trained in Damascus and Montpellier, looks into the influence of social and political reality on traditional dances: do these reflect the military and dictatorial heritage of Syria? Do the experiences of war, misery and emigration have an effect on them? The Syrian choreographer and dancer Mithkal Alzghair provides a striking reflection upon the experience of fleeing and the uncertainty of life in exile.
Choreography Mithkal Alzghair
With Rami Farah, Shamil Taskin, Mithkal Alzghair
Dramaturgical Advice Thibaut Kaiser
Coproduction La Nouvelle Aventure (SMartFr), Godsbanen – Aarhus /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.

Duration 55 minutes