A UNIVERSE NOT MADE FOR US
dance-music performance by Yalda Younes & Khyam Allami (2019)
photo Johanne IssaThe emerging picture of the early Solar System does not resemble a stately progression of events designed to form the Earth. Instead, it looks as if our planet was made, and survived, by mere lucky chance, amid unbelieavable violence. Our world does not seem to have been sculpted by a master craftsman. Here too, there is no hint of a universe made for us.
— Carl Sagan
Can we remain in our place when constantly moved by unbelievable violence?
In the current global context of chronic depression and massive political failures, contemporary flamenco dancer Yalda Younes and multi-instrumentalist musician Khyam Allami explore a turbulent moment in our history through varying realms of the mind, remembering that we are a consequence and not the cause nor the center, of the Universe.
Through unorthodox contemporary approaches to their individual artistic languages, their unique collaboration traces a confrontation between raw subconscious forces in a landscape of audio-technical vegetation. Constantly oscillating between differing perspectives, A Universe Not Made For Us is a microcosm of organized chaos, random interruptions, illusions of order and all the while, a haunting and inescapable yearning for stillness.
choreography, dance, zapateado Yalda Younes
music, sound design Khyam Allami
set design Hussein Baydoun
coproduction AFAC - Arab Fund for Arts Culture, Le Quartz - Scène nationale de Brest
with the support of Ashkal Alwan, One Hertz Studio
Pôle Sud, CDCN Strasbourg
Rencontres à l’échelle, KLAP, Marseille
Festival Lieux Mouvants, Hameau de Saint-Antoine, Lanrivain
Sarāb, Wadi Rum
Journée Chorégraphiques de Carthage, Tunis
Festival Irtijal, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut
Festival Dansfabrik, Le Quartz - Scène Nationale de Brest (CREATION)