Perzen. Triomf van Empathie. | NTGent
20.06.24 22.06.24

Perzen. Triomf van Empathie. Chokri Ben Chikha / NTGent & Action Zoo Humain

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Director Chokri Ben Chikha examines the empathic capacity of six performers. Do they succeed in perceiving a decades-old highly polarised conflict differently through the lens of a Greek tragedy?
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15 - 28 euros

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✔ Spoken in different languages
✔ Dutch & English surtitles
✔ Thanks to our theatre tablet you can enjoy following options (available starting season 24-25):


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Flemish Sign Language


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Audio description (Dutch)

One of the spearheads of theatre company Action Zoo Humain, artist in residence at NTGent, is to confront Western cultural heritage with the reality of a multi-voiced world. Led by Chokri Ben Chikha, the performers look at the long-standing conflict between Israel and Palestine through the lens of the oldest tragedy in the theatrical canon: Aeschylus' The Persians.

Did Aeschylus, who himself fought against the Persians, write about them with genuine empathy or did his tragedy instead affirm the superiority of the Greeks? What parallels can we draw between past and present?

(read more below the video)



Persians. Triumph of Empathy  thus balances between art and reality, opportunism and empathy. In the multidisciplinary theatre performance, Ben Chikha challenges the young generation to sharpen their personal, political and artistic visions on the two main elements of tragedy: empathy and pride. The ordeal is made all the more acute by a polyphonic chorus of Palestinians and Israelis who were interviewed by Ben Chikha when he was in the region in January 2024.

credits

with & by

Hellen Boyko, Liah Frank, Marah Haj Hussein, Mareille Labohm, Leblalta Abdennacer (Iskara_Alonzo), Rateb Syassi

text

Eric Ward Geerlinckx

concept, direction & choreography

Chokri Ben Chikha

film

Jan Beddegenoodts

dramaturgy

Sietske de Vries

soundscape

Jo Thilemans

set design

Karolien De Schepper

costume design

Chloé Wasselin-Dandre

light design

Dennis Diels

movement direction

Izah Hankammer, Daisy Phillips

production

NTGent, Action Zoo Humain

coproduction

Theater Rotterdam
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credits

with & by

Hellen Boyko, Liah Frank, Marah Haj Hussein, Mareille Labohm, Leblalta Abdennacer (Iskara_Alonzo), Rateb Syassi

text

Eric Ward Geerlinckx

concept, direction & choreography

Chokri Ben Chikha

film

Jan Beddegenoodts

dramaturgy

Sietske de Vries

soundscape

Jo Thilemans

set design

Karolien De Schepper

costume design

Chloé Wasselin-Dandre

light design

Dennis Diels

movement direction

Izah Hankammer, Daisy Phillips

production

NTGent, Action Zoo Humain

coproduction

Theater Rotterdam

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