Mohamed Issaoui (Tunis)
entrance € 7,00 | reduced € 5,00
This performance will be shown in a block with COMMISSION CONTINUA, BABA COME TO ME and TUBUHDANG TUBUHDUT. There is no admission between the pieces, the ticket is valid for the whole block.
Arabic with English supertitles
As a child, Mohamed Isaaoui already loved to dance and swivel his hips. As a young boy, he was allowed to do this, and his mothers’ friends enjoyed watching him, but as an adult, he is forbidden to do it: the expectations of men’s bodies exclude particular patterns of movement. STEPS is a hero’s quest in dance. Onstage we see a figure learning to dance and, in so doing, calling for a free and independent identity. The performance leads through the sounds and movements of the Tunisian past, with concerts in coffeehouses and Bedouin dances. At the same time, it strongly references present-day queer pop culture and modern electronic music. Mohammed Isaaoui performs an animated solo which celebrates a utopia of dance beyond gender boundaries.
By Mohamed Issaoui Choreography and Performance Mohamed Issaoui Production and Scenography Aya Rebai Music Beat / create-sound Percussion Naim Abdallah Setting Track Malek Zouaidi Dramaturg Essia Jaibi
Mohamed Issaoui, born in 1993 in Kef, is a Tunisian actor and performer who holds a degree in French literature. He began practising theatre in high school. Through the exploration of a range of Bedouin and traditional dancing moves and styles, as well as those of the dance of the islands. In the last couple of years he has performed in Tunesia and France and has also been performing as a Drag Queen in underground spaces in Tunis.
Production and realization
STEPS is a work in progress . Developed in the frame of Uncontrolled Gestures, a project initiated by the Goethe-Institut.
Realization in cooperation with Goethe-Institut