Body Revolution (Mokhallad Rasem)
On December 17, 2010, a young Tunisian man, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire in protest against the regime. This gave rise to an exceptional year with riots that broke out just about anywhere in the Middle East, and a wave of protests that was - initially hopefully - called the Arab Spring. Almost every country in the region had its version of the Arab Spring. Oppression, flawed elections, corruption, price hikes, lack of political freedom and unemployment were most cited as causes of the protests and demonstrations. The incumbent governments were held responsible and in some cases even brought down. Unfortunately, often without relief ... Media have covered these (r)evolutions in detail in recent years.
Theatre maker Mokhallad Rasem ask himself what all those images do with his fellow directors and performers who live here in Belgium but have roots in Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq, Syria ... How does that feel? How do you deal as an expat with all the information you hear from family and friends who stayed behind? What does that information do with your body? How does the body reacts to violence and fear? Along with a number of performers Mokhallad Rasem will go and look for a dancing answer to those questions.
Body Revolution is a guerrilla version of a performance: made in a short time, for a limited audience, and played for a short time.
After a showing on November 19, 20 & 21, 2014, Body Revolution will premiere on Artefact (STUK, Leuven) on February 11, 2015.
concept, director: Mokhallad Rasem I production: Toneelhuis I coproduction: Artefact Festival, STUK Leuven
More information and performance dates on www.toneelhuis.be