Grec 2017: Halka

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Grec 2017: Halka
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Halka

Witness some stunning acrobatics at Barcelona's summer Grec festival courtesy of the Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger

Creation and performance: Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger.

The Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger, who work with some of the best creatives from the contemporary European scene and who visited Barcelona's Grec Festival in 2008 with the show 'Taoub' and then again in 2010 with 'Chouf Ouchouf', have now collaborated with Airelle Caen from the Compagnie XY (winner of the 2012 City of Barcelona award for the show 'Le Grand C'), in a performance that goes back to the origins of the popular Moroccan tradition of acrobatics. In this production, they return to their roots with a 'Halka', a word that in their language describes a festive event that takes the shape of a circle. They use this concept to express the contradictions between the sacred and the profane, and also to examine the role of women in Maghrebin societies, all with a soundtrack made up of poetry, percussion and songs that bring a spiritual aspect to the performance, reminding us that classic Moroccan acrobatics are inspired by the teachings of the wise 15th-century Sufi, Sidi Ahmed Ou Moussa.