Video ThumbnailThe Upside Down Man (The son of the road) A solo creation by Mohamed Toukabri (BE/TU) Duration : 50min In The Upside Down Man (The son of the road) Mohamed Toukabri moves back and forth between the past and the present, two countries, two cultures and two traditions. His personal story is used as a tool to discuss the sense of identity and the play of perception in our current society. Toukabri explores the concept of “in between space” and confronts his audience with the splendor of this mysterious and philosopical zone in close connection to today’s Afrofuturism, in which historical events are re-examined and interrogated to shed new light on our present-day dilemmas. TOUR 10 May 2018 : premiere HELLERAU (Dresden) 8 June 2018 : Festival Latitudes Contemporaines (Lille) 4 and 5 October 2018: Monty (Antwerp) March 2019 : KLAP maison pour la danse (Marseille) 26 and 27 April 2019: Beursschouwburg (Brussels) CREDITS Concept and Performance Mohamed Toukabri Text Mohamed Toukabri & Ines Ghannoudi Quotes from the book " Les identités meurtrières " by Amine Maalouf Dramaturgy Diane Fourdrignier Composer Kevin Strauwen Light Gwen Laroche Video Mohamed Toukabri & Gwen Laroche Artistic Development Eva Blaute Trailer Emilie Jacomet/ HER A production of Mohamed Toukabri. Coproduced by HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden and with the support from Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie. Residencies in Festival Artdanthé (Paris Vanves), Vooruit (Ghent), KAAP (Ostend / Bruges) and HELLERAU (Dresden), and with the support of using rehearsal spaces in De Kriekelaar and MILL (Brussels).

UK Premiere
Tunisia | Belgium

‘I am not one story, I am many stories.’

Mohamed Toukabri’s autobiographical solo delves deeply into the experience of a young man finding himself in dance and in Europe. From discovering street dance as a 12-year old in front of the railway station in Tunis to his 10 years of performing with renowned choreographers like Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Jan Lauwers, his movements and reflections resonate with sharp insight to explore a personal yet universal migrant experience. Subtle video projections from his family home, stories of casual racism and subtly humoured observations blend into a richly textured experience of being in-between two countries, two cultures, two traditions. With thoughtful reflection as well as a candid irony, he takes us to what he calls ‘the splendour of this mysterious zone’.

Mohamed Toukabri is a Tunisian artist based in Brussels. He performed in Shubbak 2017 in Cie Chathaís outdoor performances of Sacrè Printemps!

Presented with additional support from Qatar Foundation International.


Sat 29 June 2019


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