Cinema, Podium en
Werkplek in Kortrijk

Stephanie Kayal & Abed Kobeissy

Galactic Crush

Dance, performance, music
Duration: 0h50
English spoken, Dutch and French surtitles



The events in this performance take place in a parallel universe, where an anti-heroine dancer and her musician, in retaliation for decades of evil and corruption, form a powerful, underfunded and loosely organised couple fighting crime to bring justice!

With good intentions and no experience whatsoever; they are a so-so summary of the contemporary reality in Beirut. This creation is an almost-selfish, sort-of-childish attempt to feed an uncontrollable craving for vengeance. It gazes at the act of dancing as a martial-art resistance against physical, psychological, & human-rights violations, against the violent loss of intimacy, and the scorching thirst for justice.

with the support of Mophradat


Stephanie Kayal is a performance artist, choreographer and dancer. She lives and works in Beirut. In recent years, she has been seen as a performer in shows by different artists and companies. She has performed in Beirut, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Chile, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan. NEXT presents the premiere of Galactic Crush, her second creation, slightly related to her first show, Evidence of Things Not Seen (2021), about a family haunted by the dances of their past.

Abed Kobeissy is an electro-acoustic musician based in Beirut. Having taken the Levantine buzuq as his main instrument, his music holds a local identity, without claiming any traditional or ethnic role. His music relies on the local urban soundscape, often tackling subjects related to family and home.

Play dates

Choreography: Stephanie Kayal
Music: Abed Kobeissy
Performers: Stephanie Kayal and Abed Kobeissy
Dramaturgical advice: Wen Hui
Light Design: Pôl Seif
Photos: Christian Schuller
Co-production: NEXT Arts Festival, Kunstencentrum BUDA, Zoukak Theatre Company
With the support of: Mophradat’s Art Time residency program, Frankfurt Moves!/Frankfurt Lab & KFW Stiftung, DiR – Fabrik Moves Potsdam
Galactic Crush is realized with the support of Mophradat’s Art Time residency program.
With the kind support of the residency programme Frankfurt Moves! hosted by the Frankfurt LAB.
Frankfurt Moves! is an initiative of the foundation KfW Stiftung in cooperation with the Frankfurt LAB aimed at promoting up-and-coming international artists in the performing arts sector.
Supported by DiR – Dance in Residence Brandenburg, a cooperation project of fabrik moves Potsdam and TanzWERKSTATT Cottbus. The program is created in cooperation with Pro Potsdam, Bürgerhaus am Schlaatz, fabrik Potsdam and the Brandenburg State Museum of Modern Art I Dieselkraftwerk Cottbus and is supported by DIEHL+RITTER/TANZPAKT RECONNECT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative, the State of Brandenburg, the City of Potsdam and the City of Cottbus.
Special thanks to: Jenny Flügge, Hanke Wilsmann, Sven Till, Björn, Nicole Kayal, Jana Traboulsi.

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