Mehdi-Georges Lahlou

The Ring of the Dove

Part of the festival “The Present Is Not Enough – Performing Queer Histories and Futures”

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Mehdi-Georges Lahlou is an artist of the spaces in between: He navigates between north and south, between various cultures and different art forms. This HAU co-production is Lahlou’s first stage work after a strong career in the visual arts. Source of inspiration for “The Ring of the Dove” is the book of the same name by the Islamic poet and philosopher Ibn Hazm (994–1064), which deals with all the obstacles in a love relationship. Lahlou confronts the medieval classic with the favourite themes of his own visual work: religious aesthetics, cultural and sexual identity and gender, while distorting and shaking up the social codes. The many signs and symbols are playfully activated and deactivated by the performers Kilian Madeleine, Théophile Alexandre and Lahlou himself.                                                                                      


Direction, performance & scenography: Mehdi-Georges Lahlou / Singing & performance: Théophile Alexandre / Performance: Killian Madeleine / Technical director & light: Julien Barbazin / Sound creation & performance: Eve Ganot / Artistic counselling: Arianne Foks / External eyes: Boris Hennion

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  • Past
    German premiere
    Sat 29.6.2019, 19:00 / HAU2
    Sun 30.6.2019, 20:30 / HAU2


Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Centre Dramatique National de Normandie Rouen et Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie, Next Festival/le phénix scène nationale Valenciennes pôle européen de création, Ballet du Nord – Centre Chorégraphique National Roubaix Hauts-de-France , Kunstenwerkplaats PianoFabriek Bruxelles with the support of Fonds Transfabrik – Fonds franco-allemand pour le spectacle vivant. Mehdi-Georges Lahlou is an artist supported by le phénix – scène nationale de Valenciennes dans le cadre du Campus du Pôle européen de création, Conseil régional Hauts-de-France and Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication.

Since 2016, Mehdi-Georges Lahlou is an artist associated with the CDN CDN de Normandie-Rouen (France).


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