Chouf Ouchouf the Medina, the old quarter, where it’s ten to a house, and a hundred to the narrowest street. Shout or you won’t be heard; push to the front or never be seen. Life and colour lies round every corner, animals and cigarette hawkers fill the squares. The city is unruly, chaotic, but no matter the world there are men of power, and beneath the clamour and fights of the market are the whispers of its other life. Dusk falls like a shutter, then the night. Silently the walls open, and amid the maze-like streets and along the rooftops figures move on secret agendas. Chouf Ouchouf what, or who, is in the bag?
Returning to the UK with Chouf Ouchouf a show about what they know best – their home – the Groupe Acrobatique de Tangier collaborate with Swiss artists Zimmermann and de Perrot to capture the danger, joy and urgency of life in Tangiers. Those who saw the Groupe’s last production, Taoub, will find them more mature, stronger, yet with the same rough charm, and the same rich language of vernacular acrobatics that has been passed from generation to generation. With Chouf Ouchouf they move through a set that floats apart and reassembles to present the many faces of a bewildering and exciting landscape, taking in the old and the nearly new in search of the city’s beating heart.