The Acrobatic Troupe of Tangier (Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger)

HALKA

A Magical Journey of Morrocan Ancestry

In HALKA, the performers of the Acrobatic Troupe of Tangiers (Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger) invoke through their movement the memories of the art form that has shaped their relationship with the world. Their feats of acrobatic prowess, unusual and powerful, draw their contemporary creative vocabulary from age-old inherited traditions. They dialogue with their music, which is composed of recited poetry, shouts, chants and percussion. They play with seemingly insignificant objects to share their personal stories. One of these is the Facha, a sash wrapped around the waist of the apprentice acrobat to help lift them into the air. Another is the Djefna, a metal laundry basin that is also a festive instrument used at weddings. The acrobats explore the contradictions of their world, a world torn between the sacred and the profane, a taste for the spectacular and the presence of the invisible, between authenticity and borrowing. They also express with boundless humour the freedom of having used this art form to break through barrriers of geography, culture, gender and social class. We are invited to abandon our usual frames of reference and let ourselves be carried away by the energy of their bodies; multiple, acrobatic and musical.

 

Date: February 14 and 15, 2020
Doors: 7:30 pm
Show: 8 pm
Length of performance: 1 hour (no intermission)
Venue: Salle Pauline-Boutal (Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre, 340 Provencher Boulevard)
Tickets: 15 $ in advance, 20 $ at the door

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Credits:
Collective creation by The Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger with: Mohammed Hammich, Ouahib Hammich, Mohamed Achraf Châaban, Mounir Châaban, Abdelaziz El Haddad, Younes Yemlahi, Mohamed Reda El Garrab, Abdelali Baechar, Rim Lhamri, Youssef Karim, Rahima Boughdad, Soufyane Labib, Mustapha Ait Ourakmane, Mhand Hamdan, Youssef El Kanfoundi.
Artistic collaborators: Abdeliazide Senhadji, Airelle Caen, Boutaina el Fekkak
Acrobatics collaborators: Abdeliazide Senhadji, Airelle Caen, Nordine Allal
Moroccan acrobatics collaborator: Mohammed Hammich Senior
Lighting Design: Laure Andurand
Sound creation: Xavier Collet
Costumes: Ayda Diouri
Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger Director: Sanae El Kamouni
Producer and tour booking: Jean-François Pyka
Administration and development: Pauline Horteur
International Development: Camille Beaumier
Lighting technicians: Laure Andurand / Cécile Hérault
Sound technicians: Anthony Biscarat / Edouard Henneman
Produced by Association Halka (Paris, France)
Co-produced by Association Scènes du Maros (Tangier, Morocco)
Co-producers and residencies: Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2016, CIRCa, Auch, Gers, Midi-Pyrénées, pôle national des Arts du cirque, Plateforme 2 Pôles Cirque en Normandie I La Brèche à Cherbourg – Cirque Théâtre d’Elbeuf
Co-producers: Bonlieu, scène nationale d’Annecy, Agora, Pole National des Arts du Cirque de Boulazac – Aquitaine, C.N.C.D.C. Châteauvallon – Scène Nationale, Archaos, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque Méditerranée, Château Rouge, scène conventionnée, Annemasse, San Sebastian 2016, Capitale Européenne de la Culture
The creation of Halka was supported by the Direction des Affaires Culturelles d’Ile-de-France (DRAC) et l’ADAMI
The Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger is supported by:
La Fondation BNP-Paribas, La Fondation BMCI, Le Ministère de la Culture du Maroc, La délégation provinciale de la culture à Tanger, L’Institut Français de Tanger