DUBLIN DANCE FESTIVAL IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ABBEY THEATRE
26 - 27 May on the Peacock stage
How does a body react when its movement is forced or prevented? In Displacement, Syrian dancer and choreographer Mithkal Alzghair examines the Syrian body in the context of war, migration and revolution.
Featuring three dancers, the work is defined by conflicting emotions; the hope of escaping versus the uneasiness of knowing that to return is impossible. This poignant piece is also Alzghair's investigation into the folklore of his homeland and how it has been shaped by its political reality. Drawing from traditional Syrian folk dances, he highlights the paradox of a deeply rooted culture, forced to re-locate.
Alzghair trained in Damascus and Montpellier, having fled to France to avoid military service. In Displacement, he offers a striking reflection on the experience of fleeing and the uncertainty of life in exile.
"This isn’t a documentary on the Syrian war. It touches on the fundamental question of what it is to be human"