Ali Chahrour in Residency at Zoukak Studio for his new performance: Leyl / Night
Leyl / Night
24-27 January at Al Madina Theatre
Ali Chahrour is in residency at Zoukak Studio during the month of January with his team, to finish working of his new performance “Leyl/Night”. The show will premiere on the 24th of January at Al Madina Theatre in Hamra with 4 performances scheduled until 27 January, "Night" the first performance of Ali's new tryptic about love.
Night is a dance concert whose approach and aesthetics draw their inspiration from the dense archive of love and romance in classical Arabic poetry and from contemporary stories of lovers and their cruel separation.
This work references stories from the cultural memory of the Levant and Mesopotamia among others, about the fate of lovers who challenged social and religious systems, and whose bodies were punished and sentenced to suffer the distance of separation as well as the hope of impossible reunions.
The performance records the vicissitudes of lovers and their resistance, leading up to the moment when they fall and fade away. The exhausted body succumbs, and with it falls every action and instrument/tools that the performers had carried throughout the show. The fall reveals the fragility of the lover/performer, and the frailty of all the methods and tools at his disposal. The stage becomes the battlefield after the battle, where the audience has just witnessed the death, or rather, the birth of its heroes.