Photo : Elian Bachini
Photo : Elian Bachini
Photo : Elian Bachini
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Choreography Fouad Boussouf
Assistant Choreographer Sami Blond
With Nadim Bahsoun, Sami Blond, Mathieu Bord, Loïc Elice, Filipa Correia Lescuyer, Mwendwa Marchand
Music Mohanad Aljaramani (oud, percussion, voice), Lucien Zerrad (guitar, oud)
Sound Design Marion Castor and Lucien Zerrad
Dramaturgy Mona El Yafi
Scenography Raymond Sarti
Costumes Anaïs Heureaux
Lighting Design Fabrice Sarcy

Production Compagnie Massala

After Transe (2013) and Näss (2018), Fouad Boussouf’s Oüm closes his triptych on the Arab world and celebrates an imaginary encounter between XX-century Egyptian diva Oum Kalthoum and XI-century Persian poet Omar Khayyam.

An inseparable part of his childhood soundscape, Oum Kalthoum’s songs accompanied Boussouf everywhere. Her voice, feelings and lyrics – from the most personal to the most violent – were something he felt, and still feels, deeply connected to.

Later in life, Boussouf discovered the Rubaiyat – the quatrain poem of Persian poet Omar Khayyam. An inspiring ode to living in the present moment, the text draws its force from evoking pleasure, delight, elation and trance.

The feelings, mind and soul states behind these texts are the foundation of Boussouf’s new production. On stage, accompanied by live music and through their movement, the performers give life to an eternal trance where song, poetry, dance and music unite to celebrate the present moment.

Coproduction – La Briqueterie, CDCN du Val-de-Marne / Le POC, Alfortville / Institut Français de Meknès, Maroc / CCN de Créteil / Pôle-Sud, CDCN de Strasbourg / Les Hivernales, CDCN d’Avignon / Fontenay-en-Scènes, Fontenay-sous-Bois / Hessisches Staatsballett – Tanzplattform Rhein Main, Allemagne / Théâtre Paul Eluard (TPE) à Bezons

Residencies / Support – CND / Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers / La Briqueterie, CDCN du Val-de-Marne / Le POC, Alfortville / Institut Français de Meknès, Morrocco / CCN de Créteil / Pôle-Sud, CDCN de Strasbourg / Hessisches Staatsballett, Germany

Financial support– ADAMI, La Commanderie-Mission Danse de SQY, Conseil départemental du Val-de-Marne, DRAC, Région Ile-de-France, la SPEDIDAM

22 février 2020, Théâtre Benoît XII, Festival Les Hivernales CDCN d’Avignon (première)

27-28 février 2020, POC Alfortville

3-4 mars 2020 – Pôle Sud – CDCN Strasbourg

6 mars 2020– Fontenay-en-Scènes, Fontenay-sous-bois

15/09/20   Festival le Temps d’Aimer la Danse, Biarritz (64)

18/11/20   Théâtre de Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, scène nationale (78)

20/11/20   Festival Kalypso, la Maison des Arts de Créteil (MAC) (94)

24/11/20   Espace Culturel André Malraux, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre (94)

26/11/20   Théâtre Molière, Scène nationale de Sète, Archipel de Thau (34)

11-12/12/20   Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration dans le cadre du Festival Welcome ! – Paris (75)

12/01/21   Théâtre Paul Eluard (TPE), Bezons (95)

13-14/01/21   Théâtre Firmin Gémier, La Piscine, Châtenay-Malabry (92)

15/01/21   Espace Culturel de La Hague (50)

06/02/21   The Ryley Theatre, NSCD, Leeds, Royaume-Uni

26/03/21   Espace Sarah Bernhardt, Goussainville (95)

30/03/21   Théâtre de Saint-Maur, Biennale de danse du Val-de-Marne (94)

01/04/21   Théâtre municipal de Chambly, Festival le Grand Bain & le Gymnase de Roubaix (60)

16/04/21   Théâtre Jean Arp, Clamart (92)

Printemps 2021   National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts Weiwuying, Taiwan (option)

18-22/05/21   West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong

22-26 Oct 2018
Residency, La Briqueterie / CDCN du Val-de-Marne

03-08 Dec 2018
Residency, La Briqueterie / CDCN du Val-de-Marne

03-08 Jan 2019
Residency, Centre National de la Danse, National Dance Center, Paris

22-26 April 2019
Residency, Laboratoire d’Aubervilliers

16-28 June 2019
Residency, Institut Français de Meknès, Morocco

7-11 Oct 2019
POC d’Alfortville

28 Oct – 01 Nov 2019
Residency, CCN de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne

11-14 & 25-28 Nov 2019
POC d’Alfortville

02-11 Dec 2019
Residency, La Briqueterie / CDCN du Val-de-Marne

10 Dec 2019
Presentation, La Briqueterie / CDCN du Val-de-Marne 

6-17 Jan 2020 
Residency, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Germany

27-31 Jan 2020 
Residency, Pôle Sud – CDCN de Strasbourg

10-20 Feb 2020
Residency, POC d’Alfortville