Artist Residency: Ali Chahrour at Zoukak Studio
Zoukak Studio welcomes choreographer Ali Chahrour for an artist residency during the month of February. Chahrour and his team will be developing a new performance, “Layl” [Night] (working title), that seeks to question concepts of love and passion and the intimacy of feeling within the context of increasing hatred in modern societies. The performance is the first in a new triptych entitled “Love”, which addresses the different levels, stories and complexities of passion.
Layl (working title):
A dance performance that tackles “Love” in all its poetry and aesthetics, its violence and harshness. The performance highlights more particularly the transformation of the concept of love and the ways of expressing it from the pre-Islamic age of Jahiliyyah through Islam, and to our modern contemporary society.
The performance focuses on stories that have transgressed the borders of religion, race, and gender, and it seeks to question the concepts of love and passion and the intimacy of feeling within the context of increasing hatred in modern societies. In the performance, bodies strive to create new beginnings only to find themselves unable to find peaceful endings.
The performance entitled “Layl” (Night) is the first of a new triptych by Ali Chahrour, following his first trilogy Fatima, Leila’s Death and May He Rise, which tackled the rites and rituals of death and mourning in the Arab world, and the presence of the body within them.
The new triptych is entitled “Love” and addresses the different levels, stories and complexities of passion. It bases itself on the stories, legends and lyric poetry (ghazal) of the Arab patrimony and their relation to the concept of love and to the ways it is expressed in contemporary societies.
Directed and choreographed by: Ali Chahrour
With: Hala Omran, Rania Elrafei, Aya Metwalli, Simona Abdallah, Sharif Sahnaoui.