14/05  | 20:30 - 21:00
    15/05  | 20:30 - 21:00
    16/05  | 19:00 - 19:30
    17/05  | 16:00 - 16:30
    17/05  | 20:30 - 21:00

€16 / €13
French, English, Farsi → NL, FR, EN

The jungle is a new and infinite territory, where the possible has another meaning, or perhaps none. From which side can we enter the jungle, to taste this dream? Premiering at the festival, Mowgli is the new creation of Iranian artist Sorour Darabi. The starting point of their work is the very title, taken from a recent song from French-rap-duo PNL, where the reference to the jungle denounces the still-used projection of wildness onto the body of young citizens with migration background. And yet the image of the jungle also invites to be re-appropriated from the inside: the possibility of inventing a different law, opposed to the one of the city. Set in the obscurity of a fictional night, each appearance in Mowgli is a wild experience: choreography, poetry, storytelling, The Jungle Book, the lyrics of Iranian singer Googoosh and the ones of PNL. Through them, Sorour Darabi construct a collection – or almost an album – of lived and fantasized stories, crossing the themes of chosen family, melancholy and urban legends. Step by step they transform the stage into a jungle, and the jungle into a playground for the self. Becoming wild is a political project.

Confronted with the SARS-CoV-2 crisis, we had to cancel this project

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts-KVS  

Concept, choreography, performance: Sorour Darabi and Tarek Lakhrissi
Light design: Jean-Marc Ségalen
Sound design: Ndayé Kouagou
Thanks to: Pauline Le Boulba, Monika Gintersdorfer

Production: Kunstenfestivaldesarts
Executive production: Météores
Coproduction: Alkantara, BUDA, Frascati Producties, Kaserne Basel, Sophiensaele, SPIELART Theaterfestival München, Tanzquartier Wien, Teatro di Roma-Teatro Nazionale, workspace brussels, WpZimmer  

With the support of: Centrale Fies, Les Subsistances, CN D-Centre National de la Danse, SPEDIDAM 

Performances in Brussels with the support of the French Institute, the French Embassy in Belgium and The Alliance Française, in the frame of EXTRA

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Sorour Darabi
Sorour Darabi is a self-taught Iranian artist who lives and works in Paris.Very active in Iran, Darabi is part of the underground association ICCD whose Untimely festival (Tehran) hosted his-her works prior to his-her departure to France. During his studies at the CCN in Montpellier he-she created Subject to Change, a solo performance that questions transformation over time and our coexistence with the environment. For the Montpellier Danse festival in 2016, he-she created Farci.e, a solo dealing with the notions of language, gender identity, and sexuality. His-her latest project, Savušun, is an ode to affection, vulnerability and affected beings, which draws inspiration from Muharram’s mourning ceremonies and addresses the issue of emotions: grief, fear and suffering. Additionally, he-she was an interpreter for Jule Flierl and Pauline Brun.

Tarek Lakhrissi
Tarek Lakhrissi is an artist and poet based in Paris. His works have been presented at the Hayward Gallery (London), FIAC Paris, La Galerie CAC (Noisy-Le-Sec), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Fondation Gulbenkian (Paris), Fondation Lafayette Anticipations (Paris), Bétonsalon (Paris), INHA (Paris), La Gaité Lyrique (Paris), Auto Italia South East (London), SMC / CAC (Vilnius), Kim? (Riga), Artexte (Montréal), Confort Moderne (Poitiers), Printemps de Septembre (Toulouse), Circa Projects (Newcastle), and Zabriskie (Geneva). He is one of the artists selected to participate in the 22nd Sydney Biennale (2020).

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