© Marcella Ruiz-Cruz
© Marcella Ruiz-Cruz

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© Sorour Darabi
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© Marcella Ruiz-Cruz
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Mowgli is a new work from Iranian artist Sorour Darabi. The starting point for this work is its title, taken from the song of the same name by PNL. Here, the clear reference to the jungle is used to denounce the ongoing practice of projecting an image of savagery and wildness on to the bodies of young citizens of immigrant origin. But the imagery of the jungle can also be reappropriated from the inside. It offers the opportunity to invent a new law, in opposition to that of the city. The performance takes place in the dark of an imagined night, filled with dance, poetry, stories, folk tales and lyrics from the Iranian signer Googoosh and PNL. Out of this fabric, Sorour Darabi weaves real and imagined stories that speak of melancholy and of found family. Returning to the wild is a political act. 


Concept, Choreography, Text and Performance Sorour Darabi 

Dramaturgy Pauline L. Boulba, Soto Labor

Light Design and Scenography Jean-Marc Ségalen 

Sound Design Elena Tissier

Outside Eyes Daniel Blanga Gubbay, Dries Douibi, Mathieu Bouvier, Lynda Rahal

With the collaboration for the research of Tarek Lakhrissi and Ndayé Kouagou

Production  Kunstenfestivaldesarts

Executive Production  Météores​

Administration, production Charlotte Giteau

Production Sandrine Barrasso

Touring management Anaïs Guilleminot


Kunstenfestivaldesarts ; Alkantara ; Sophiensaele ; Tanzquartier Wien ; workspacebrussels ; WP Zimmer, Theater Frascati ; Teatro Di Roma; Kaserne Basel ; Spielart theaterfestival ; Kunstencentrum Buda ; Spedidam, Fonds Transfabrik - Fonds franco-allemand pour le spectacle vivant

With the support of 

Les Subsistances ; Centre national de la danse (Pantin) ; La Briqueterie – CDCN du Val-de-Marne ; L’Échangeur – CDCN Hauts-de-France ; Le Pacifique – CDCN Grenoble Auvergne Rhône Alpes ; Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers ; Cndc Angers ; Montévidéo / Centre d’Art ; Kunstenwerplaats ; Beursschouwburg


May 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18, 2020 – KVS Bruxelles in the frame of Kunstenfestivaldesarts – Brussels (Belgium) – premiere, cancelled and postponed

December 11 & 12, 2020 – Tanzquartier, Vienna (Austria) – premiere, cancelled and postponed

May 18, 2021 –  Beursschouwburg in the frame of Kunstenfestivaldesarts – Brussels (Belgium) – premiere

October 12 & 13, 2021 – Frascati, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

October 26 & 27, 2021 – Spielart, Munich (Germany)

March, 18 & 19, 2022 – Tanzquartier, Vienna (Austria)

June 27 &28, 2022 – Volkstheater / Radikal Jung Festival, Munich (Germany) 

July 13, 2022 – Uferstudios, Festival Tanzpol, Berlin (Germany)

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