Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Swiss Cultural Fund UK

Chouf Ouchouf by Zimmermann & de Perrot and Group Acrobatique de Tanger_April/May

Chouf Ouchouf is Arabic for “look, but take a real good look”. The artist duo Zimmermann & de Perrot have developed, over the course of their many successful productions, a unique dialogue between bodies and music that goes beyond the spoken language. It was within this artistic universe, which has evolved over a dozen years, that they directed the Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger, creating Chouf Ouchouf – a theatre piece for twelve acrobats and voices.

 

The Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger is the latest incarnation of the Hammich family troupe. Dating back to 1904, they were a regular fixture on the UK seaside circuit throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s. In 2004, practising their skills on the beach at Tangier, the company was spotted by Sanae El Kamouni-Lakmais and French director Aurelien Bory, who went on to direct Taoub and has recently worked with Compagnie 111 at the London International Mime Festival. The creative producers Crying Out Loud made it possible to bring these two remarkable companies to the UK. The piece Chouf Ouchouf exuded intensity and emotion, inspiring and seducing spectators to look intently at the stage as well as at themselves.

 

Weaving together contemporary performance and traditional Moroccan acrobatics, Chouf Ouchouf evoked the danger, joy and urgency of a Moroccan medina. It was designed as a snapshot of the daily routine in Tangier’s old quarter, focusing on real issues of family and community, with ten to a house and 100 to the narrowest street. The cast moved through a set that floated apart and reassembled to represent the many faces of a bewildering and exciting landscape, taking in the old and the nearly new, in search of the city’s beating heart.