Cinema, Podium en
Werkplek in Kortrijk

Amina Abouelghar & Laure Betris

Young Dreams

Dance, music
Duration: 1h

Young Dreams

Amina Abouelghar is an Egyptian dancer and choreographer. For Young Dreams she examines the collective memory of the society in Cairo where she was born. The sounds, gestures, images, and expressions that have been passed on from generation to generation. Abouelghar and Betris explore the question of what nostalgia means through songs, fairytales, tastes, and images that are linked to a specific memory. Do their experiences conflict with memories from her own childhood? What exactly does nostalgia mean?

The intimate performance Young Dreams makes one think about the action of remembering. Commemorating can be a political deed for those who belong to a suppressed community. But it is also inherently linked with dance and the body. Via stories and dance Abouelghar brings movement into what could be the memory of a community. The music in the performance is made by Laure Betris, a Swiss-Iraqi musician and composer.

In collaboration with Mophradat

Amina Abouelghar is a Cairo-born dancer, performer, and choreographer. She discovered her passion for dance at a young age. Abouelghar collaborated with various artists, musicians, filmmakers, and dancers in her career. In 2019, she co-founded the dance collective Nafaq. Currently, she is working on her new performance Young Dreams that will premiere in November 2023 at NEXT festival in arts centre BUDA.

Laure Betris is a musician, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and performer based in Switzerland. Between 2008 and 2018, she performed in concert and recorded 4 albums under the name Kassette. Curious about all artistic fields, she collaborates with various artists for exhibitions, installations, dance, or performance projects.

Play dates

Created and interpreted by: Amina Abouelghar & Laure Betris
Dramaturge: Nedjma Hadj Benchalabi
Light design: Saber El Sayed
Costumes: Aisha Azab
First research residency in: Dansometre
With the support of: Pro Helvetia Cairo

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