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ABBARA Showcase Artists

ABBARA Showcase Artists

Taking place exclusively in Tunis, the Abbara showcase extends Spring’s focus to include the organizations that are part of the Culture Resource network.  Abbara will feature cultural organizations that have had made outstanding artistic interventions in public spaces or that have produced art aimed at influencing positive social change and public well-being.

The organizations participating in the MAIN program of Spring Festival are:

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Black is a Value

Abbara Showcase | Dance

Performance in Tunis

Black is a Value explores the journey of black people to Tunisia from their origins, bringing to bear the various types of art, music, narratives and personalities that this journey brought. The events of this work unfold in public squares and city streets, where we accompany the character of Bousaadiya as he traverses the sea to his new world and join him in his search for the origins of the music of the descendants of the ancient Bornu Empire that evolved around Lake Chad. It is a music whose instruments and rhythms go back to the era of slavery and slave-driving: the different instruments guide the listeners to the gateways of African melody. The music’s other function is to be curative; it creates a space for spiritual interaction between the individual and the spirits that inhabit him, an interaction that is manifested through the blend of music and dance in a nawba (or rythmic turns) to the accompaniment of a chant in tribute to a founding ancestor or holy man. This performance is a work that involves thirty young actors, musicians and dancers who will use the street as their stage so as they explore the cultural legacy of black Tunisians through a mixture of dramatic arts and dance to the accompaniment of African rhythms and Rap music. All of these diverse disciplines will fuse into a street operetta.

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Debbo 52

Music & Book Launch 

Abbara Showcase | Music

Performance in Tunis

For SPRING Festival 2016, Debbo 52 showcases the artistic projects it has incubated. Three musical performances will be spotlighted in a joint performance. Audiences will get to see what Debbo 52 does through the performances of the artists. These showcases will also launch the project’s first book publication which tells the story of Debbo 52.

The Debbo 52 Project aims to contribute to the development and the promotion of the arts in Tunisia by giving a space, technical assistance, and administrative expertise, as well as networking opportunities, for young artists that are developing their own artistic projects. Based on the collaborative practices between artists, experts and technicians, Debbo 52 was elected among the five winning initiatives of collaborative economy at the Ouishare Awards 2015. From research to creation, the Debbo 52 incubator attempts to stimulate the curiosity of the audience that seeks to discover an eclectic  and surprising line-up.

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Al Marhala 32

Abbara Showcase | Music

Performance in Tunis

Al Marhala 32 is the second project developed by the L’Art Vivant Theatre Laboratory and which seeks to create, work in and invigorate unconventional theatre spaces. So far it has singled out spaces known for their rich and profound historical and cultural heritage which have rarely been used before, staging six performances in the Caves of Matmata, the Berber village of  Chenin in Tataouine, the Palaces of Médenine, the Blacksmiths Hotel in the historic Medina quarter of Sfax, and the Baths of Antoninus in Carthage. The objective of this project is to achieve a fusion between a theatrical performance and the spaces used to stage it, thereby opening opportunities for spectators to discover the material and intangible worlds connected with these spaces as they are being led through the space in the course of the theatrical journey. Working in and with these spaces opens a realm for creating public awareness of them and utilising them in a manner that revives their splendour. The interplay between the artistic work and its environment generates a platform that enables each element to enrich the other. However, the higher goal of this performance is to develop a theatrical discourse and aesthetic that breaks down the barriers of communication with the broader public which has long been cut off from the arts and culture, in general, and from the dramatic arts, in particular.

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