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010 / 27 April 2017



Mithkal Alzghair

07 mins 04 secs


I examine the specificity of the identity of the Syrian body from my own reality in order to make visible the human in this complicated context of revolution, of migration, of wars, of rising ideologies and breath of freedom. My research focuses on Syrian cultural heritage, its traditions and physicality, its dynamics and its repetitions. My research in this creation is centered on the patrimony of the Syrian culture traditions, physicality, trance, dynamic and repetitions. I try to understand the sources from which comes their traditional dances, the process of impregnation and contagion they are built, taking in consideration the social and political reality that has contributed to the creation of this heritage: the military heritage, the dictator heritage, the heritage of authoritarian regimes, the revolution, the war and the displacement.

I have physically tested the urgency of forced displacement, escape, pending before departure, exile. This contradiction between the roots (a deeply rooted culture) and the displacement (the obligation of uprooting) is a problematic that reflects the reality of all Syrian refugees.

From this paradox between anchorage and uprooting, I am working on the concept of displacement, either forced or voluntary, the urgency or the compulsion to move, the need to leave and the anxiety of not being able to return. The relationship between two spaces, the original space and the assignment space, where the compulsory arrival point produces a torn body.

What would movement be if it were not voluntary? What is that body that is forced to move, or sometimes to stay immobile? How is the individual re-located after moving into a new context, imposing him to remodel its territory, to rebuild it, to recreate a new identity, for maybe having to leave it again? This is a process of permanent construction and deconstruction.

Choreography: Mithkal Alzghair
Interpreters: Rami Farah, Shamil Taskin, Mithkal Alzghair
Dramaturgical advice: Thibaut Kaiser

Co-Producers: 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.

About the author

Mithkal Alzghair

Mithkal Alzghair is a 35-year-old Syrian choreographer and dancer. He studied between the East (Higher Institute of Dramatic Art in Damascus, Syria, with a specialization in classical and modern dance) and the West (master of choreographic studies "ex.er.ce" at the Centre chorégraphique National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, France). His works have been shown in Syria (National Theatre – Damascus), Lebanon (D-CAF 2016 Syrian focus in Beirut, International Platform of Contemporary Dance - Beirut), Denmark (Godsbanen - Aarhus), France (Théâtre de la Cité Internationale, CCNMLR, CND, klap maison pour la danse, Regard du Cygne...) and Italy (Bologna). Alzghair has also performed as a dancer with different choreographers in Sweden (Marie Brolin-Tani), Denmark (May Svalholm) and France (Xavier Le Roy and Christophe Wavelet). He recently collaborated with the Italian theater company In-Occula, for the European project CRACK.