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12-24€

With OÜM, Fouad Boussouf pays stirring homage to Umm Kulthum, the Egyptian diva of Arab song, and to Omar Khayyam, the Persian writer whose poems celebrating trance and rapture she sang.

Abstract

After Transe and Näss (People), Oüm rounds off the trilogy that Moroccan-born choreographer Fouad Boussouf has devoted to the Arab world. The piece pays tribute to Umm Kulthum, who sang Omar Khayyam’s sensual and mystical poems, written in the 11th century. The choreographer takes inspiration from his childhood, and the voice that filled the souk, streets, cars and bars in his home village. From the 1920s to ‘60s, Umm Kulthum was the object of unprecedented hero-worship in the Arab world. An ultra-modern diva who would improvise for hours on end, she sang of love, rebellion, pleasure, exaltation and emotional shocks. Fouad Boussouf draws on all these sentiments to fashion a dizzying style of dance rooted in his double culture, where hip-hop converses with contemporary vocabularies and oriental dances. Powered by the vibrations of live music, the performers’ bodies breathe life into this timeless trance, as we relive a period where dance, music and poetry were part of the cultural landscape in the big Arab capitals.

M.P

Duration

01:00

In Lyon metropolitan area

Saint-Genis-Laval

In Rhone-Alpes region

Andrézieux-Bouthéon

Credits

Piece for 6 dancers and 2 musicians Company Compagnie Massala | Choreography Fouad Boussouf | Choreography assistant Sami Blond | Performers Nadim Bahsoun, Sami Blond, Mathieu Bord, Loïc Elice, Filipa Correia Lescuyer, Mwendwa Marchand | Scenography Raymond Sarti | Playwriting Mona El Yafi | Lighting Fabrice Sarcy | Costumes Anaïs Heureaux

Coproduction La Briqueterie (CDCN du Val-de-Marne), Le POC d’Alfortville, Institut français de Meknès (Maroc), Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil, Pôle-Sud CDCN de Strasbourg, Les Hivernales - CDCN d’Avignon, Fontenay-en-Scènes (Fontenay-sous-Bois), Hessisches Staatsballett (Tanzplattform Rhein Main, Allemagne), Théâtre Paul Eluard (TPE) à Bezons | In-Residence Support Centre National de la Danse (CND) / Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, La Briqueterie (CDCN du Val-de-Marne), Le POC d’Alfortville, Institut français de Meknès (Maroc), Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil, Pôle-Sud CDCN de Strasbourg, Hessisches Staatsballett (Allemagne) | Supported by ADAMI, La Commanderie (Mission Danse de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines), Conseil départemental du Val-de-Marne, DRAC, Région Ile-de-France, SPEDIDAM, Mophradat (Belgique)

Je cherche la vibration entre le corps, la danse et la musique, un état de transe.

Fouad Boussouf