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Shubbak Festival: Mo Khansa & Kabareh Cheikhats at Rich Mix

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Time 20:00
Date 12/07/19
Price £16.5

A night of genre bending performances from multi-genre musician, performer and aerialist Mo Khansa and frenzied anarchy and outrageous fun with a political edge from Morocco's Kabareh Cheikhats.

From Beirut comes Mo Khansa: multi-genre musician, performer and aerialist. Contemporary belly-dance, drag, aerial work, middle-eastern avant-pop electronica all meet in a genre-defying performance exploring identity, sexuality and emotional vulnerability.

“Since I was a little boy I have been dreaming to be a cheikha. Not the kind they would show on TV. No, my dream was to be a real cheikha, like Kharbusha” - Ghassan El Hakim

From Casablanca comes the most surprising hit of recent years: Kabareh Cheikhats. Led by theatre director Ghassan El Hakim, 11 actors and musicians pay tribute to Moroccoís most famous female traditional folk singers. Both adored but also stigmatised, the cheikhats had an ambiguous position in society. With deep reverence yet wild and infectious flair Kabareh Cheikhats sing, dance and re-enact these powerful songs once again: songs of love, rebellion and fierce independence. Using traditional costumes, make-up and instruments and re-inventing traditions of drag and gender ambiguity, Kabareh Cheikhats create a party night like no other: frenzied anarchy and outrageous fun with a political edge.

“In a feverish atmosphere, Kabareh Cheikhats summed up the ambiguity of Moroccan society that evening” - Le Soir