• Photo: Richard Haughton

  • Photo: Richard Haughton

  • Photo: Richard Haughton

  • Co-Producers

    Tauob was shown in 2006 going to the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre and Warwick Arts Centre and in 2007 to London’s Roundhouse.

    Production: Institut français du Nord with Service de coopération et d’action culturelle de l’Ambassade de France au Maroc, Compagnie 111, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, La Ferme du Buisson – Scène nationale de Marne la Vallée.

Taoub

Weaving together traditional Moroccan acrobatics and modern performance in a poetic exploration of North African culture, Groupe Acrobatique de Tangier delight audiences with their incredible ability and skills.

Hold your breath as the acrobats topple along the Tangier skyline or fly through the air in acts that defy gravity. A seemingly endless sheet of fabric, which gives the show its name, Taoub, morphs from billowing backdrop to lavish dress – taking on a life of its own. Live Arabic music and traditional songs further immerse you in this dream-like Moroccan world.

Building on centuries of traditional Moroccan performance honed on the beaches of Tangier, this family company displayed the tricks of their forefathers with a raw, youthful energy. Director Aurélien Bory, a pioneering figure in French contemporary circus and founder of the acclaimed Compagnie 111, added the spice and humour of 21st century performance to their ancient art.

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Press

  • 'The Collectif are a troupe of Moroccan acrobats whose partnership with French 'new circus' director Aurélien Bory almost alchemically seems to enhance skills that have been maintained over generations.'

    Luke Clancy, Herald AM

  • 'The final product is a collaborative work, accompanied by Arabic songs and chants, directed by French director Aurélien Bory, that's a terrific blend of athleticism and imaginative presentation that keeps you guessing not just what happens next but sometimes what's actually happening in front of you.'

    Michael Moffatt, The Irish Mail

  • 'I'd like to be her doing that,' whispered one little girl to her friends.'

    The Irish Times

  • 'The performers' daring is beautifully framed by the visual fantasies with which Bory, as director, has packaged parts of the show […] Everyone was spellbound.'

    Judith Mackrell, The Guardian

  • 'Taoub is performed with earnestness, charm, and a refreshing lack of technical refinement.'

    The Observer