Lebanon | Morocco
From Beirut comes Mo Khansa: multi-genre musician, performer and aerialist. Contemporary belly-dance, drag, aerial work, middle-eastern avant-pop electronica all meet in a genre-defying performance exploring identity, sexuality and emotional vulnerability.
“Since I was a little boy I have been dreaming to be a cheikha. Not the kind they would show on TV. No, my dream was to be a real cheikha, like Kharbusha”GHASSAN EL HAKIM
From Casablanca comes the most surprising hit of recent years: Kabareh Cheikhats. Led by theatre director Ghassan El Hakim, 11 actors and musicians pay tribute to Morocco’s most famous female traditional folk singers. Both adored but also stigmatised, the cheikhats had an ambiguous position in society. With deep reverence yet wild and infectious flair Kabareh Cheikhats sing, dance and re-enact these powerful songs once again: songs of love, rebellion and fierce independence. Using traditional costumes, make-up and instruments and re-inventing traditions of drag and gender ambiguity, Kabareh Cheikhats create a party night like no other: frenzied anarchy and outrageous fun with a political edge.
“In a feverish atmosphere, Kabareh Cheikhats summed up the ambiguity of Moroccan society that evening”le soir
Produced by MARSM. Presented with support from Bissar Sleiman. Presented with additional support from British Council, Drosos Foundation, Cockayne Grants for the Arts and London Community Foundation.