created with & performed by Samaa Wakim, Ashtar Muallem, Fadi Zumord, Maali Hamdan, Mohammed Smahneh, Samir Samahneh, Atta Khattab, Yazan Iwidat, Salma Ataya, Farah Saleh – creation Koen Augustijnen, Rosalba Torres Guerrero & Hildegard De Vuyst – assistant director Zaina Zarour – soundtrack Sam Serruys – costumes Britt Angé – lighting design Ralf Nonn – production KVS, les ballets C de la B & A.M. Qattan Foundation – coproduction Zürcher Theater spektakel, les Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg
Badke is a distortion of dabke, the Palestinian folk dance. The performance starts out from the popular variant: the people’s social, festive dabke. Ten performers go on to confront this locally rooted dance with elements from worldwide pop danceculture. So Badke becomes a double quest: one that conveys the unique Palestinian desire to ‘belong somewhere’, and at the same time the wish to be part of a world beyond that.
Since 2006, les ballets C de la B, KVS and the A.M. Qattan Foundation are working on a series of workshops with young Palestinian performing artists. Last summer dramaturge Hildegard De Vuyst and choreographers Koen Augustijnen and Rosalba Torres Guerrero went to the Occupied Territories to create the dance production Badke. Together with a group of young Palestinians, young autodidacts from various disciplines,the trio explored the possible relations between folkloristic and contemporary dance.