It’s rowdy, cheerful and explosively danced — which, as the dancers drive themselves onwards, acquires its own political edge.– THE INDEPENDENT
In Badke, reversing dabke, it’s all about survival and the infectious joy of dancing.– THEATERKRANT
Badke is a co-production between the prolific and groundbreaking KVS (the Brussels City Theatre), les ballets C de la B and the A.M. Qattan Foundation, which administers the Palestinian Performing Arts Network. Koen Augustijnen triumphantly returns to World Stage after his praised involvement with Gudirr Gudirr (2015) and les ballets C de la B’s Out of Context — for Pina (2010).
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ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
The title Badke is a play on the Arabic social folk dance “dabke.” The performance assembles a group of Palestinian dancers — diasporic artists, many of whom have trained outside of Palestine — to practice the traditional dance and infuse it with new proposals, vocabularies and ideas.
With this simple yet elegant structure, Badke expresses the universal desire to belong, and uses the language of dance in an urgent negotiation between the traditional and contemporary, the local and global. This work is a highly energetic, politically charged and stylistically diverse experience in which the artists incorporate movement from circus, capoeira and hip hop.