Choreographer: KOEN AUGUSTIJNEN, ROSALBA TORRES GUERRERO
& HILDEGARD DE VUYST
SOUNDTRACK: NASER AL-FARIS
EDITED BY: SAM SERRUYS
Light Designer: RALF NONN
SOUND TECHNICIAN: STEVEN LORIE, DONALD BERLANGER
DANCE: FADI ZMORROD, AYMAN SAFIAH, AMEER SABRA, HIBA HARHASH, SALMA ATAYA, SAMAA WAKEEM, MOHAMMED SAMAHNAH, SAMER SAMAHNAH, MAALI MAALI, ASEEL QUPTY
ALSO CREATED WITH ASHTAR MUALLEM, FARAH SALEH, YAZAN EWEIDAT, ATA KHATAB
Badke is part of KVS’ Palestine trajectory. For this performance, Koen Augustijnen, Rosalba Torres (les ballets C de la B) and Hildegard De Vuyst (KVS) work with ten Palestinian performers, young autodidacts from various disciplines including contemporary dance, hip hop, circus, etc.
The term ‘badke’ is a distortion of ‘dabke’, a Palestinian folk dance. The performance starts out from the popular variant: the people’s social, festive dabke. The performers go on to confront this locally rooted dance with elements from worldwide pop (dance) culture. Badke becomes a quest for a dabke that not only conveys the unique Palestinian desire to ‘belong somewhere’, but also the wish to be part of a world beyond that.
To the tones of Naser Al-Fares’ rousing music, the young Palestinians dance their hearts out, but the hard truth grates and pulls beneath the surface.