Action Zoo Humain also regularly performs on our stage. Last season they organized a procession during our opening weekend, they performed the acclaimed play Amnes(t)ie and the spin-off Amnes(t)ia, and will perform Dihya and Métisse this season.
Action Zoo Humain is the performance group of theatremaker/performer/researcher Chokri Ben Chikha, theatremaker/actor Zouzou Ben Chikha, business manager Hanne Boelaert. Along with this core, the artistic team consists of Walid Ben Chikha (musician), Marijke Pinoy (theatre-maker, actress) and Dahlia Pessemiers-Benamar (theatre-maker, actress).
Action Zoo Humain examines how theatre can directly affect reality without losing sight of its poetic potential and sense of self-criticism. The company uses the historical concept of the 'zoo humain’ (human zoo) as an instrument of (re)search to raise questions about ethnic, religious, nationalistic and economic conflict zones.
Action Zoo Humain strives to expose power structures, bring intercultural issues into the open and activate the public. It seeks to use contemporary formats to represent the (complex) crosscultural social reality.
Action Zoo Humain consciously chooses not to become part of a larger entity so as to continue to act as a bridge between artists/academicians, the artistic/social-artistic sector, and young talent/experts, as well as between individual artists and cultural institutions.
Action Zoo Humain starts from the local, metropolitan super-diversity and encourages and develops international collaborations with both independent artists and organizations.
- update May 2019