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Zielzoekers

Mokhallad Rasem

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There’s no such thing as chance. Long before the ‘flood of refugees’ was presented as a crisis in the media in the summer of 2015, the asylum centre in Menen invited Theater Malpertuis and Mokhallad Rasem to work on an artistic project together.

The centre also wanted to involve its asylum seekers in that project and to make outsiders aware of the refugee problem. In the meantime, the need for an initiative of this sort has only grown.

Right from the outset Mokhallad Rasem chose an unusual approach: he wanted to compare life in an asylum centre to a waiting room. One’s previous life has been interrupted, yet one’s next life cannot really begin. In a state of limbo, the displaced oscillate between homesickness for the past, for what they have ‘lost’, and a desire for a new and invisible future that still has to be 'won'. For many that enclave feels like a paralysing prison, but Mokhallad Rasem argues that that fossilized attitude can be overturned. He speaks from personal experience, because between 2005 and 2006 he himself was in Zemst asylum centre. He believes that in that uncertain and suspenseful interim phase it is possible to open all the doors to a new world, a new life. A new soul... Mokhallad Rasem will live in the asylum centre for six weeks at the beginning of 2017. During that time he and the occupants will create and film material, which he will rework into a new site-specific project: Zielzoekers.

 

Follow his stay at the centre and creative process on Facebook Zielzoekers / Soul Seekers.

Zielzoekers (Soul Seekers) is part of Beyond Bordersa project of different Toneelhuis makers on the subject of migration.

Credits

concept & play

  • Mokhallad Rasem

video

  • Mokhallad Rasem
  • Paul Van Caudenberg

dramaturgical advice

  • Piet Arfeuille

production

  • Theater Malpertuis

coproduction

  • Rode Kruisopvangcentrum voor asielzoekers Menen
  • Toneelhuis
  • cc De Steiger Menen

thanks to

  • Dienst Noord/Zuid, Menen
  • Dienst Integratie, Menen

All data

  1. Wednesday 8 May 2019 — C-mine, Genk
  2. Thursday 16 May 2019 — 17U00 — Louvain La Neuve, Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve
  3. Thursday 20 June 2019 — CC MUZE, Heusden-Zolder
  1. Wednesday 26 April 2017 — Sint-Franciscuskerk, Ieperstraat 28, Menen
  2. Thursday 27 April 2017 — Sint-Franciscuskerk, Ieperstraat 28, Menen
  3. Friday 28 April 2017 — Sint-Franciscuskerk, Ieperstraat 28, Menen
  4. Saturday 29 April 2017 — Sint-Franciscuskerk, Ieperstraat 28, Menen
  5. Wednesday 3 May 2017 — Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk, Tielt
  6. Thursday 4 May 2017 — Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk, Tielt
  7. Friday 5 May 2017 — Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk, Tielt
  8. Saturday 6 May 2017 — Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk, Tielt
  9. Wednesday 10 May 2017 — 21U00 — AMUZ, Antwerpen, Antwerp
  10. Thursday 11 May 2017 — 21U00 — AMUZ, Antwerpen, Antwerp
  11. Friday 12 May 2017 — 21U00 — AMUZ, Antwerpen, Antwerp
  12. Saturday 13 May 2017 — 18U00 — AMUZ, Antwerpen, Antwerp
  13. Sunday 14 May 2017 — 16U00 — AMUZ, Antwerpen, Antwerp
  14. Sunday 30 July 2017 — 15U30 — Kunstenfestival Watou, Watou
  15. Sunday 30 July 2017 — 18U30 — Kunstenfestival Watou, Watou
  16. Friday 4 August 2017 — Theater aan Zee, Oostende
  17. Saturday 5 August 2017 — Theater aan Zee, Oostende
  18. Wednesday 20 September 2017 — 23U15 — Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam
  19. Thursday 21 September 2017 — 23U15 — Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam
  20. Thursday 19 October 2017 — 10U30 — CC De Steiger, Menen
  21. Tuesday 24 October 2017 — 14U30 — Leopoldstraat 31a, Antwerp
  22. Wednesday 25 October 2017 — 11U00 — Leopoldstraat 31a, Antwerp
  23. Thursday 9 November 2017 — CC Casino Houthalen-Helchteren, Houthalen-Helchteren
  24. Friday 24 November 2017 — CC De Adelberg Lommel, Lommel
  25. Monday 27 November 2017 — 30CC, Leuven
  26. Tuesday 28 November 2017 — 30CC, Leuven
  27. Wednesday 17 January 2018 — CC Het Loo, Tessenderlo
  28. Thursday 18 January 2018 — CC Het Loo, Tessenderlo
  29. Thursday 29 March 2018 — 20U00 — Kapel van l'Institut de la Saint-Famille, Schaarbeek
  30. Friday 27 April 2018 — Het stadsmagazijn, Antwerp
  31. Saturday 28 April 2018 — CC Diepenbeek, Diepenbeek
  32. Monday 7 May 2018 — CC De Factorij, Zaventem, Zaventem
  33. Tuesday 8 May 2018 — CC De Factorij, Zaventem, Zaventem
  34. Saturday 8 September 2018 — 18U00 — Bremer Shakespeare Company, Bremen, Duitsland, Bremen
  35. Tuesday 2 October 2018 — 20U00 — Geuzenhuis, Gent
  36. Thursday 31 January 2019 — CC Sint-Niklaas, Sint-Niklaas
  37. Friday 1 February 2019 — CC Sint-Niklaas, Sint-Niklaas
  38. Friday 8 February 2019 — Theater Antigone, Kortrijk
  39. Monday 11 February 2019 — CC Ghybe, Poperinge
  40. Tuesday 12 February 2019 — CC Ghybe, Poperinge
  41. Thursday 28 March 2019 — oc Nova, Antwerp

Nieuws over ‘Zielzoekers’

Article — 14 April 2017

Interview with Mokhallad Rasem

Theater Malpertuis interviewed Toneelhuis maker Mokhallad Rasem about his new production Zielzoekers (Soul Seekers).

Video — 7 March 2017

CTZNS celebrates the citizen’s initiative

Toneelhuis organized a Kickoff Work Week (February 20th - 24th 2017) for prospective journalists, which will lead to the launch of a new digital platform: CTZNS.eu. At a time of refugee crises, angst and social polarization, CTZNS.eu will serve as a platform for positive, powerful citizen initiatives and home in on the people behind these initiatives. It is a modest attempt to encourage ‘constructive journalism’. By way of preparation, the students spent a week talking to a number of experts on the subject. See the report below.

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