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Mithkal Alzghair at the Invisible Dog Art Center

Part of French Highlights in January

Photo: Dajana Lothert

How does a body react when its movement is forced or it is halted? Which physical and cultural knowledge do people internalize in a country that is characterized by turmoil? With Displacement, Syrian dancer and choreographer Mithkal Alzghair examines the Syrian body in the context of war, migration and revolution.

Migrating from an isolated figure to a group of three male dancers, Displacement is defined by conflicting emotions; the hope of escaping versus the uneasiness of knowing that to return is impossible. As well as being a highly topical choreography about the civil war in Syria, this poignant piece is also Alzghair’s investigation into the folklore of his homeland and how it has been shaped by its political reality. Drawing from traditional Syrian folk dances, he highlights the paradox of a deeply-rooted culture forced to migrate. 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? Displacement provides a striking reflection upon the experience of fleeing and the uncertainty of life in exile.

"This isn’t a documentary on the Syrian war. It touches on the fundamental question of what it is to be human."- Mouvement

In relation to Mithkal Alzghair's show, a discussion on Artists in Exile is organized at Invisible Dog Art Center at 8:30 pm. See details here

This tour is a premiere for Mithkal Alzghair and his company that will include stops in Cincinnati and New York.

The New York shows take place as part of French Highlights, a series of performances and concerts featuring some of France’s most daring contemporary artists, co-presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S, and a network of leading cultural institutions, in conjunction with APAP Conference.

January 14, 2018: 7:30 PM followed by a discussion at 8:30 PM

January 15, 2018: 7.30 PM

Duration: 55 minutes

Choreography: Mithkal Alzghair
Interpreters: Rami Farah, Shamil Taskin, Mithkal Alzghair
Dramaturgical Advice: Thibaut Kaiser
Lighting designer: Séverine Rième
Lighting techician: TBC

This performance was rewarded 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.

With the support of Institut français and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States

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