Zimmermann & de Perrot
with Le Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger
Chouf Ouchouf is Arabic for: „Look, but take a real good look!!“
Any time that we confront the new and unknown, we find ourselves slipping into different – and complicated – emotional moods. We project certain unconscious desires and fears onto the other, insisting on the reality of our own perceptions and worldview. To feel more secure, we try hard to implement our own beliefs. But meanwhile, each of us also serves as a blank wall against which others direct their own projections. How can a real relationship take place under circumstances like this? In this desert, how to discover a real oasis instead of a mirage? Chouf Ouchouf enters into this labyrinth of questions and preoccupations. In a torrent of scenes, the topic is humorously twisted around, pushed steeply down, and then soars up into absurdity, to the point where gravity itself is de-commissioned. Chouf Ouchouf exudes intensity and emotion, inspiring and seducing the spectator to look sharp: at the stage and at oneself.
The Groupe acrobatique de Tanger was created in 2003 by Sanae El Kamouni. Her idea was to work with the acrobats of Tangier to create something new. After a first creation (TAOUB staged by Aurelien Bory) that was a huge success in Morocco and around the world, she founded the Association Scènes du Maroc to produce further projects, and made a proposal to Zimmermann & de Perrot to develop a new piece in collaboration with the Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger.
The theatre of Zimmermann & de Perrot (Dimitri de Perrot / Martin Zimmermann, 2005 - 2017) was a further development of what they had invented as Trio Metzger/Zimmermann/de Perrot aka Trio MZdP.
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Concept, direction and stage design: Zimmermann & de Perrot
Composition: Dimitri de Perrot
Interpreted by the acrobates of the Groupe acrobatique de Tanger: Younes Hammich – chef des acrobates, Abdelaziz el Haddad, Jamila Abdellaoui, Adel Chaâban, Younes Yemlahi, Yassine Srasi, Amal Hammich, Mohammed Hammich, Mustapha Aït Ourakmane, Mohammed Achraf Chaâban, Samir Lâaroussi, Najib El Maïmouni Idrissi
Dramaturgy: Sabine Geistlich
Construction Decor: Ingo Groher
Light: Ursula Degen
Sound: Andy Neresheimer
Costumes: Franziska Born with Daniela Zimmermann
Costume construction: Franziska Born / Mahmoud Ben Slimane
Acrobatic Coach: Julien Cassier
Painting: Michèle Rebetez
Light direction: Jorge Bompadre / Cécile Hérault
Sound direction: Franck Bourgoin / Sebastian Geret / Andy Neresheimer / Susanne Affolter
Stage Manager: Jan Olieslagers
Production assistant: Sophie Da Costa
Director, Groupe acrobatique de Tanger: Sanae El Kamouni
Production Director: Alain Vuignier
International Producer: Claire Béjanin
Photography: Mario del Curto
Artistic direction: Dimitri de Perrot, Martin Zimmermann
Production: Verein Zimmermann & de Perrot
Coproduction:Association Scènes du Maroc • Equinoxe, scène nationale de Châteauroux • Espace Jean Legendre – Théâtre de Compiègne • Le Volcan, scène nationale du Havre • Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg • MC2: Grenoble • Pour-cent culturel Migros
With the support of: City of Zurich’s department of cultural affaires, the cultural affairs service of Canton Zurich, Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council, Foundation BNP Parisbas, French Embassy of Morocco, by the institut français de Tanger – Tétouan, by the foundation BMCI and by Cie 111.
Final rehearsals at Palais Moulay Hafid in Tanger with premier on the 25 September 2009
Photos @ Mario Del Curto