How does a body react when it is forced or prevented from moving?
With his show ‘Displacement’, Syrian choreographer Mithkal Alzghair offers a reflection on his countrymen’s flight from civil war and the uncertainty of life in exile.
His work is characterized by conflicting movements and feelings: the hope of fleeing, the uneasiness of knowing that a return is impossible. Alzghair fled to France six years ago to avoid military service, but his family is still in Syria. After training at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus, he resumed his training at the Centre Chorégraphique National in Montpellier.
Much of his inspiration, he says comes from Syrian folk dance: “I worked on a traditional Syrian dance, on the context of displacement. On this question of leaving territory, of rebuilding a new identity.”