AN ECHO BETWEEN BEIRUT AND CAIRO

Autumn 2019 Cie Massala’s performance NÄSS was toured through Dancenet Sweden. Their acrobatic dance and incessant rhythms succeeded to enchant the audience. This French company is now back with their performance Oüm – a joyful tribute to life.

The brilliant choreographer, Fouad Boussouf, combines self-willed and inquisitiveness with vigorous hip-hop rhythms from northwest Africa. His work is a fusion of numbers of dance styles, all assembled under an umbrella of Moroccan rhythms and Arabic influences.

This time he is inspired by Oum Kalthoum, an amazing Egyptian female singer who, dressed in man’s clothing, could improvise for hours, and Omar Khayyam, a Persian poet and mathematician who lived during the eleventh century. The performance Oüm is a homage to both, the magnificent prose from a Persian poet and resonance of a feminine voice from the east – an echo between Beirut and Cairo.

Oüm is essentially a combination of poetry, dance, and music to celebrate the present time. We are invited to experience dance beyond stylistic barriers, making us get carried away in their sweat inducting intensity.

Cie Massala’s performance NÄSS was toured by Dancenet Sweden 2019.

Credits

Choreographer: Fouad Boussouf
Assistant Choreographer: Sami Blond
With: Nadim Bahsoun, Sami Blond, Mathieu Bord, Loic Elice, Filipa Correia Lescuyer, Mwendwa Marchand
Music: Mohanad Aljaramani (oud, percussion, voice), Lucien Zerrad (guitar, oud)
Sound Design: Marion Castor and Lucien Zerrad
Dramaturgy: Mona El Yafi
Scenography: Raymond Sarti
Costumes: Anais Heureaux
Lighting Design: Fabrice Sarcy
Production: Compagnie Massala
Photo: Elian Bachini
Portrait photo: Karo Cottier

On tour with Dancenet Sweden during autumn 2021.