Radhouane El Meddeb

Facing the sea, for tears to turn into laughter

Tanz im August

People gaze at the sea, onto this dynamic space between the continents – a space as fictional as it is real. “Facing the sea, for tears to turn into laughter” is the story of a Tunisian man who is also a Frenchman: choreographer Radhouane El Meddeb, who has lived in France since 1998. His multi-faceted identity is the starting point for an artistic journey to his country of origin. It is different now, in the wake of the revolution. El Meddeb meets politically engaged artists who are helping to generate the idea of a new Tunisia. What begins to emerge is a poetic dialogue with Tunisian history, told through the medium of dance.

Duration 60 Min

Production: La Compagnie de SOI. Coproduction: Festival d’Avignon, Tandem Scène nationale Arras-Douai, Scène nationale d’Albi, La Villette - Paris, Cité musicale Arsenal de Metz, La Briqueterie Centre de développement chorégraphique du Val-de-Marne, Théâtre Jean Vilar de Vitry-sur-Seine

Supported by: Institut français de Tunis, Groupe Caisse des Dépôts, Region Ile-de-France, Institut français – Théatre Export, Conseil départemental du Val-de-Marne.

Residencies: Ballet du Nord Centre chorégraphique national de Roubaix Nord Pas de Calais, Tandem Scène nationale Arras-Douai. La Compagnie de SOI is supported by DRAC Ile-de-France / Ministry of Culture and Communication

In cooperation with RADIALSYSTEM V.
German premiere

Magazin im August Article

"A Place of Tragedy and Dreams"


Concept & Choreography: Radhouane El Meddeb / Artistic Collaboration: Moustapha Ziane / Sondos Belhassem, Houcem Bouakroucha, Hichem Chebli, Youssef Chouibi, Feteh Khiari, Majd Mastoura, Malek Sebai, Malek Zouaidi and Mohamed Ali Chebil (vocals), Selim Arjoun (piano) / Set Design: Annie Tolleter / Music: Jihed Khmiri / Lighting Design: Xavier Lazarini / Costume Design: Kenza Ben Ghachem / Sound: Christophe Zurfluh / Production: Michel Chialvo / Management: Bruno Viguier, Gerco de Vroeg


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