Chokri Ben Chikha & Action Zoo Humain
24.03 – 25.03.2022
In 2021, Dubai is the first country in the Middle East to host the World Expo – the 35th to be exact. Belgium is also participating, sending a group of young artists with a project on Flemish Mastery. From Van Eyck to De Keersmaeker, from Brueghel and Rubens to Platel and Van Noten, from craftsmanship to high-tech. It turns out that their stay in the Arab emirate gave them convincing insights into the social engineering of success.
Back in Belgium, these makers put it to the test, with the central question being: 'Who will be the Flemish Master of tomorrow?' Under the watchful eye of the public, eight young Flemings - sharing only their desire for success and their immigrant background – will undergo a series of experiments. Who's pulling out of the rat race? Who perpetuates the belief in the survival of the fittest? Flemish Primitives shines new light on flashy talent shows and the malleability of success. Together with eight young performers, director Chokri Ben Chikha explores the relationship between the urge to excel and the spectacularization of difference.
• Action Zoo Humain is the theatre company around Chokri Ben Chikha, and strives to make intercultural issues negotiable. The company is in residence at NTGent until 2021. Last season the company performed at Kaaitheater together with Theater Antigone in Métisse.
direction Chokri Ben Chikha | choreography Laura Neyskens & Chokri Ben Chikha (inspired by choreographies of Anne-Theresa De Keersmaker, Alain Platel & Wim Vandekeybus) | text Erik-Ward Geerlings & Erwin Jans | by and with Izah Hankammer, Pjotr Nuyts, Hellen Boyko, Vivien Piti, Papus Keita, Moussa Ndiaye | presentation Francesca Vanthielen | music Osama Abdulrasol | video Pascal Poissonnier | dramaturgy Raphaël Vandeweyer | costume Robin Verslegers & Marij De Brabandere | scenography Fish Eye | technical coordination & light design Francis Gahide | video & technical assistance Eva Dermul | thanks to Aymon Antoine, Astrid Vansteenkiste, Dr. Alain van hiel, Dr. Hetti Helsmoortel, Dr. Dirk De Wachter | production Action Zoo Humain | co-production Perpodium | in collaboration with NTGent, CO-LABO, les Ballets c de la B | funded by Stad Gent, KASK, Vlaamse Gemeenschap | with the support of the Taxshelter of the Belgian Federal Government through Cronos Invest