How does a body react when its movement is forced or prevented? In Displacement, Syrian dancer and choreographer Mithkal Alzghair examines the Syrian body in the context of war, migration and revolution.
Featuring three dancers, the work is defined by conflicting emotions; the hope of escaping versus the uneasiness of knowing that to return is impossible. Alzghair investigates the folklore of his homeland and how it has been shaped by its political reality. Drawing from traditional Syrian folk dances, he highlights the paradox of a deeply rooted culture, forced to migrate. A striking reflection on the experience of fleeing and the uncertainty of life in exile.


Mithkal is a Syrian-born choreographer and dancer. He has studied between the East (Higher Institute of Dramatic Art in Damascus, Syria) and the West (master of choreographic studies “ex.e.r.ce” at the National Choreographic Centre of Montpellier, France).

He has performed for several choreographers and he has recently collaborated with the Italian company In-Occula, for the European project CRACK.

He creates Displacement in march 2016, a solo and a trio in which he questions his identity and legacy in a context of exile. The show won the 1st price of the international competition ‘Danse élargie’, organized by the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris and the Museum of Dance / CCN Rennes et de Bretagne.