Night- ليل

by Aly Chahrour




Violent crisis during which the subject, experiencing the amorous situation as a definitive impasse, a trap from which he can never escape, sees himself doomed to total destruction. Roland Barthes. A Lover’s discourse fragments.
Layl (Night) is a dance performance of which the subtleties and aesthetics are inspired by the density of the Arabic poetry about passion and meanings of love, as well as stories of lovers and the ruthlessness of separation that comes with it. The references of the performance are stories from the history of Levant and Mesopotamia, and other contemporary stories about the fate of lovers who violated social and religious systems and as a result, their bodies were punished and they were sentenced to live between the agony of separation and the false hope of being reunited with their lovers. The performance sets down the vicissitudes of lovers and their resistance until the moment of falling and vanishing where the exhausted body collapses, and every act and instrument carried by the performers throughout the show collapses with it. This collapse reveals the frailty of the performer who is also a lover, and the fragility of all their methods and tools until the stage turns into a post-battle scene; a battle that the audience just witnessed the end, or rather the birth of its protagonists.

Cast & credits:

  • Directer & choreographer: Ali Chahrour
  • Performers: Hala Omran, Aya Metwalli, Simona Abdallah, Sharif Sehnaoui & Ali Chahrour.
  • Dramaturgist: Junaid Sarieddine
  • Light designer: Guillaume Tesson
  • Sound designer: Khyam Allami or Mathilde Daucy
  • Stage manager & Assistant Director: Haera Slim
  • Production Manager: Christel Salem, Haera Slim
  • Graphic designer and Communications: Be-kult
  • Production: Cie Ali Chahrour
  • Co-produced by: Zoukak Studio , Studio Emad Eddin Stiftelsen with the support of the Ford Foundation,  Fonds de dotation du Quartz (Brest).
  • Night was developed, in part, at the 2018 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab in Morocco with continued support through it post-Lab Support Initiative.
  • Co-commissioned by: Fisher center, Bard.

Upcoming Tours:

24-27 Jan.2019
Al Madina Theatre, Beirut,Lebanon.
1-2 March 2019
Le Quartz, Brest, France.
27-28 Aug.2019
Kunst-Fest Weimar, Weimar, Germany.
15Aug.-1Sep.2019(Exact Dates TBC)
Zurich theater spektakel, Zurich.
21-25Nov.2019(Exact Dates TBC)
New York Fisher center (Brad College), US.

Previous Work:--

Touring Details:

  • Number In Company: 7 p

  • Set: Transported from Beirut
  • Setup: 1 Set up and Rehearsal day
  • Stage dimensions and capacities:
  • Width: Mini 10- ideal 14
  • Depth: Mini 10- ideal 14
  • Minimum height under pipe: 6 m
The latest performance by the Festival D’Avignon Regular and rising Lebanese choreographer.
Country: Lebanon
Genre: Dance performance
Language:  —

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Ross Weaver / Producer

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James Franco / Producer