The 2019 Bazaar Festival starts off with a choreographic creation focusing on representations of the Body in relation to Power. How does someone’s body become a symbol of power? Is it someone else’s power that creates an image inside of us so strong that we submit to it? Or is it we, the masses thirsty for leaders, who create and maintain it? When the body falls, how is the fall of power announced? Lebanese dancer/choreographer explores these questions in a performance tracing the rise and fall of power, playing with its gestures, building a victory and witnessing its demise. She creates her own image of body and power, then destroys it to see what happens.
Concept & choreography: Khouloud Yassine
Scenography: Fadi Yeni Turk
Music: Khaled Yassine
Production: Rami Nihawi
Photographer: Greg Demarque
Assistant: Nisrine Yassine
Khouloud Yassine, born in Lebanon in 1979, is a choreographer, dancer and actor. She holds a BA in Theater studies from the Lebanese University and a BA in Choreography from the University of Paris 8. In 2001 she cofounds Maqamat Dance Theater Company where she will work until 2005. Since 2007 she is collaborating with the percussionist and composer Khaled Yassine with whom she creates “B Layle men Azar” (2007), “Entre Temps” (2009), “Entre Temps 2” (2012), “Heroes” (2017). In 2009 she plays the main role in Jocelyne Saab’s film “What’s Going on?” and choreographs the dance film “Obscenitas Project” with the Dance Works Rotterdam Company. In 2012 she creates the solo “Le silence de l’abandon” presented in Approdi Festival (Cagliari), June events (Atelier de Paris- Carolyn Carlson), the FRAC Lorraine (France), Dansfabrik festival (Brest, France), and the Danse D’ailleurs festival (Caen,France). In 2014 she collaborates as a performer with the choreographer Danya Hammoud on her piece “Mes Mains Sont Plus Agées Que Moi”, and in 2015 she performs in “Retrospective” an exhibition conceived par Xavier Le Roy at the Beirut Art Center. Her last creation “Heroes – surface of a revolution” was premiered in Al Madina theatre in Beirut in February 2017.
Khaled Yassine is a composer and percussionist who has collaborated with various local and international musicians, including Anouar Brahem and the Alif Ensemble. The particularity of his method of rhyme, in composition and in practice, has made of him an eminent musician in the Middle East.
Fadi Yeni Turk is a filmmaker and photographer. He has directed a diverse range of documentaries and a large number of photo reports on the Middle East for international publications.
With the support of: Arab Fund For Art And Culture (AFAC), Mophradat, Focus Liban (Institut français du Liban, Zoukak Theatre Company).
The performance in Prague is supported by the Arts and Theatre Institute and the Create to Connect -> Create to Impact project (Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union).