The Upside Down Man

(The Son of the Road)
Mohamed Toukabri (TN/BE)
Dance & Performance
© Emilie Jacomet 
Mohamed
Toukabri

was born in Tunisia and started dancing when he was 13 years old. Following his beginnings in breakdance, he joined Sybel Ballet Théâtre, led by artistic director Syhéme Belkhodja, and starred in many of their productions between 2002 and 2008. At the age of 16, Toukabri completed his dance studies at the International Academy of Dance in Paris. He returned to Tunisia in 2007 to pursue further studies at the Mediterranean Center for Contemporary Dance.

In 2008, he changed institutions to study at Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. For the last ten years, he has toured with renowned artists and companies, such as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Grace Ellen Barkey and Jan Lauwers, among others. Mohamed Toukabri currently works on a new production, a duet starring his mother, which will premiere in 2020.

Mohamed Toukabri (TN/BE)
Fri10./
Sat11. 
May
19.30 /
TQW Studios

For Rakete there are day tickets available including entry to all events on the respective day.

In case of sold-out performances, remaining tickets are available at the evening box office

„I decided in favour of the autobiographical because I’m interested in what is unique and personal. In fact, no one else can tell my story but me, because no one else can see the world through my eyes. Because of this unique quality, every person has his own place in the world. While we tend to generalise, to label, to make packages, it was my aim to say: I am not one story, I am many stories.“ — Mohamed Toukabri

Mohamed Toukabri’s self-portrait engages with issues concerning the politics of migration and its ramifications: Ten years ago, Toukabri arrived in Brussels to study at P.A.R.T.S, and he has since travelled between his native country, Tunisia, and his adopted homeland, Belgium, oscillating between two cultures and traditions, between different art movements and dance styles. His performance specifically addresses this space of the in-between: between emotion and reason, representation and being, one moment and the next. In The Upside Down Man, autobiographical texts are juxtaposed with a virtuoso movement vocabulary – ranging from Tunisian breakdance to contemporary dance – and a counternarrative is created that suspends the negative bias which dominates debates on migration: a counternarrative that tells the story of beauty and riches found in the life of a person traveling between countries, cultures and histories.

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Credits

Concept, performance
Mohamed Toukabri
Text
Mohamed Toukabri (Many thanks to Ines Ghannoudi; Quotes from Les identités meurtrières by Amin Maalouf)
Dramaturgy
Diane Fourdrignier
Music
Kevin Strauwen
Video
Mohamed Toukabri, Gwen Laroche
Light design, technical director
Gwen Laroche
Artistic director
Eva Blaute
International distribution
PLAN B – Creative Agency for Performing Arts Carmen Mehnert & Anne Schmidt
A production by Mohamed Toukabri. Coproduced by HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, with the support of Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie. Residencies: Festival Artdanthé (Paris Vanves), Vooruit (Ghent), KAAP (Oostende / Bruges) and HELLERAU (Dresden). Rehearsal spaces: De Kriekelaar and MILL (Brussels).

Mohamed
Toukabri

was born in Tunisia and started dancing when he was 13 years old. Following his beginnings in breakdance, he joined Sybel Ballet Théâtre, led by artistic director Syhéme Belkhodja, and starred in many of their productions between 2002 and 2008. At the age of 16, Toukabri completed his dance studies at the International Academy of Dance in Paris. He returned to Tunisia in 2007 to pursue further studies at the Mediterranean Center for Contemporary Dance.

In 2008, he changed institutions to study at Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. For the last ten years, he has toured with renowned artists and companies, such as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Grace Ellen Barkey and Jan Lauwers, among others. Mohamed Toukabri currently works on a new production, a duet starring his mother, which will premiere in 2020.

 
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