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Sep 03 2022 09:00
Sep 04 2022 16:00

Piazza Caduti sul lavoro, Rovereto

Chouf le Ciel

Colokolo - Cirque urbain marocain

National premiere

Chouf le ciel, Colokolo | ph Camille Cohendy

Colokolo, established in 2013 in Casablanca, was one of the first contemporary circus collectives in Morocco and brings together artists from different disciplines and urban dance performers. Several members of Colokolo – by now a hub of excellence for the discipline in the North African country - have specialised in aerial acrobatics.

Chouf le ciel! results from this further step towards the thrill of height and has its national premiere at the Festival. It is an electrifying mix of acrobatics, juggling and hip hop set to traditional music. The jaw-dropping technique and euphoria of Korean and Hungarian-style plank jumping are matched at ground level, where dancing and sounds from the Gnawa and Chaâbi traditions (a Maghrebi blend of rural and urban music) combine with cutting-edge electro and the wildest rap.

In Chouf le ciel there are six men, five pairs of trousers and a dress, folk songs, a bride-less Moroccan wedding, a hamalate (a woman carrying merchandise to the Moroccan-Spanish border) and lots of flights at dizzying heights of up to nine metres, hovering on the impossible.

Our work consists of trying to develop the identity of the performing arts, at least in the circus sector, with a Moroccan touch.

- Yassine Elihtirassi, Cirque Urbain Marocain

Free admission event. In case of rain, the performance will be cancelled.

Chouf le Ciel

Directed by Yassine Elihtirassi
Choreography Mourad Koula
Performers Hamza Boussahel, Hassan Bouchontouf, Ismail Lahbila, Mohammed Ammar, Bader El Laouaz, Abdelali Khobba
Music (composition and interpretation) Alexandre Bellando
Technical direction Samira Boukhnous and Yassine Elihtirassi
Partners La Cascade - Ardèche Auvergne Rhône - Alpes National Circus Centre, Espace Périphérique - La Villette - Paris, La Grainerie - Balma Circus Arts and Entertainment Factory La Gare à Coulisses - Base des Arts de la rue - Eurre Cie Cheptel Aleikoum, La Briche - Saint Denis, National Circus School - Shems'y - Salé - Morocco, Creation in June 2019 as part of the Préalables du festival d'Alba la Romaine
Production Samira Boukhnous
Administration Yassine Elihtirassi

Duration 50 min

With the support of the Comune di Rovereto.