After being separated for a long time, a son and mother reunite on stage.
The Power (of) the Fragile is a meeting of two worlds, two bodies, two minds. Latifa always dreamt of being a dancer, Mohamed made it his profession. The borders of their bodies blur, making it hard to decipher where one ends and the other starts. Their lives and dreams start to merge, and only time claims its space between mother and son.
The Power (of) the Fragile is a collection of images, reflections on what the relation between mother and son can look like, on what it means to be home and to go away. It is a performance about movement, of bodies and people, about weight and what it means to carry weight, about being together and being apart. It is a tender portrait of a close relationship, and a pamphlet for our right to go wherever we want to go.
Concept & choreography - Mohamed Toukabri Performance - Mimouna (Latifa) Khamessi & Mohamed Toukabri Dramaturgy - Diane Fourdrignier Technical direction & scenography - Lies Van Loock Sound design & artistic advice - Annalena Fröhlich Costume design - Ellada Damianou Research & development - Eva Blaute Executive production - Caravan Production Coproduction - Needcompany, Vooruit, Beursschouwburg, Dansens Hus Oslo With support of - The Flemish Authorities and the Flemish Community Commission
Brussels-based choreographer and dancer Mohamed Toukabri was born in Tunis and began dancing at the age of 12, starting with breakdance. In 2008, he joined P.A.R.T.S. dance school in Brussels. He collaborated with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet, was a member of Needcompany (2013-2018), and performed in the remake of the repertory piece ‘Zeitung’ by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (2012) and ‘Sacre? Printemps!’ by Aicha M’Barak and Hafiz Dhaou (2014).
After his first self-devised work, The Upside Down Man, Mohamed Toukabri presents The Power (of) The Fragile. In its he places a young and energetic body - Toukabri himself - against an old, fragile specimen: his mother.