ZANKA – end of residency performance.
The result of 2 weeks of work with Salah, the “Zanka” performance took place at Aji T’move week, in Bab Bhar Theater, Larache, Morocco. ZANKA is exploring the appropriate aesthetic expression of the suffering and frustrations of marginalized classes, hope, peace, and injustice, inspired by the gems of all times Nass El Ghiwane.
With this project, Live Room and Salah Zater – a Libyan performance artist, and choreographer based in Germany – wanted to give tribute to Nass El Ghiwane art, embody their experiences and resilience, and preserve Moroccan cultural heritage. This residency represents phase 1 of a work-in-progress creation. the residency aims to recreate Nass El Ghiwane’s evocative melodies, stories, and emotions through the language of bodies. Blending lyrical aesthetics, folk customs, and traditional and contemporary movements, the 3 dancers delve into the essence of Nass El Ghiwane’s music to explore the depths of self-expression and emotional storytelling.
Their slow, yet intricate and unconventional movements create an otherworldly experience, capturing the essence of the band’s soul-stirring melodies. Their beauty lies not only in physical attraction and bodies intertwining, but also in their unwavering desire to live and convey movements and to reflect their intellectual and emotional anxiety, concerns, adventures, dreams, and fantasies.
Concept/ Choreography: Salah Zater.
Dancers: Fatima Zahrae Kechlaoui. | Fatima El Bahanouri. | Adam El Imrani.
Sound: Yassin Zair. | Photography: Mehdi Nabil.
Executive production: Omar Mok’s.