When The Arabs Used To Dance

Radhouane El Meddeb

Wed 15 July 2015, 8pm

Highlights · Performance · The Place

When the Arabs Used to Dance, Radhouane El Meddeb - La Compagnie de SOI ©Agathe Poupeney \ PhotoScene

When the Arabs Used to Dance, Radhouane El Meddeb - La Compagnie de SOI ©Agathe Poupeney \ PhotoScene

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Wed 15 July 2015, 8pm

The Place

17 Duke’s Road,
London WC1H 9PY
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By performing arts curator Nedjma Hadj Benchelabi

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With Radhouane El Meddeb

The 60s and 70s were the heyday of popular Arab cinema.

Singing, dancing and smoking divas filled the screens and enchanted audiences of all ages. Hugely popular in films and on TV, these demigods allured with fake blondeness, cardboard scenery, and abundant sensuality.

With When The Arabs Used To Dance, Tunisian choreographer Radhouane El Meddeb harks back in a bittersweet production to this golden age. Now performed by four men and pared down to existential intensity, the gyrating hips, exposed navels and compulsive flirting celebrate as much as they provoke – a dance on a volcano and on the precipice of the chaos to come.

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Performing arts curator Nedjma Hadj Benchelabi (Brussels/Marrakech) speaks about the new generation of dance makers in North Africa, including the premiere screening of her interviews with Yassine Aboulakoul, Moad Haddadi, Mohamed Lamqayssi, Fouad Nafili and Nabil Najihi.

Supported by Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFAC and Institut français du Royaume-Uni