No


performance by Zad Moultaka for Yalda Younes (2006)


photo Julien Paris, Théâtre de Chaillot


Composed by Zad Moultaka for Yalda Younes, this piece was created in Beirut on June 2nd 2006 to mark the first anniversary of the assasination of Lebanese journalist Samir Kassir. A violent requisitory against war, with Younes’ body embodying both the trauma and the resistance, this 9 minutes whirlwind is a ritualistic battle between Younes’ zapateado and an electrouacoustically treated recordings of bombshells, that Moultaka collected frim his parents’ archives.
The piece took a bitter turn with the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in July of the same year, when present day terror caught up with merely traumatic memory of war. A few months into touring, Younes sent the performance’s footage to her dance teacher Israel Galvan,  along with a letter where she shares her paradoxical feelings in regards to performance in times of war. Both letter and footage ended up in the opening scene of Galvan’s El Final De Este Estado de Cosas Redux, which premiered in Avignon in 2008 and toured internationally. 


original idea & composition  Zad Moultak dance Yalda Younes, with steps from Israel Galvan costume Rabih Kayrouz duration 9 min











"Quant au Non de la Libanaise Yalda Younès, il est inouï. En neuf minutes, cet inédit laisse l'impression d'un cyclone. La pièce, écrite en hommage à Samir Kassir, historien et journaliste libanais assassiné le 2 juin 2005, dresse un corps homme-femme-cheval comme sait si bien le faire le flamenco quand il ne se prend pas les pieds dans une robe à pois."
Libération, Fr


“By forcing the virtuoso performance into close proximity to mechanized warfare, it underlines its essential fragility. The intensity of Younes’ performance resides in its struggle to sublimate recorded destruction as art.”
The Daily Star, LB


“La danseuse devient l’icône vibrante de l’âme humaine, confrontée aux éclats d’obus, aux clameurs et aux explosions des bombardements... Cette pièce, qui dure 9 minutes, nous transporte dans un univers intérieur et profond, une secousse de mémoire et de conscience.”
Averroes, FR


"NO" pushes the form to the edge of its possibilities while deconstructing it on several levels. Replacing the living accompaniment with a pre-recorded - and, more importantly, non-human and life-destroying - one harnesses flamenco to a more intense emotional engine than the human voice. By forcing the virtuoso performance into close proximity to mechanized warfare, it underlines its essential fragility.
The Daily Star, LB



Tour dates

20-21.07.2009


Festival d’Avignon, Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs, Avignon

11.11.2008
Festival Jazz Nomade, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord

07.06.2008
Paris Festival Climats, Théâtre de la Cité Internationale

19.05.2008
Festival Temps de Paroles, Le Bel Image, Valence

04.05.2008
Spring Festival, El Gomhoriya Theatre, Cairo

02.05.2008
Spring Festival, Sunflower Theatre, Beirut

15.03.2008
Festival Sons de Plateaux, GRIM, Marseille

07-08.03.2008
Antipodes, Le Quartz - Scène Nationale de Brest

09.12.2007
Festival Voix de Femmes, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Liège

23-24.11.2007
38è Rugissants, Hexagone, Scène nationale de Meylan, Grenoble

16.11.2007
Théâtre de la Méditerranée, Toulon

13.10.2007
Festival iDANS, Istanbul

20.01.2007
2732 km from Beirut, Theatre Hebbel, Berlin

12.12.2006
Prix Reporters Sans Frontières, Espace Electra, Paris

10.11.2006
Rencontres d’Averroès, Marseille

22.10.2006
Vivat Liban, Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris

20-21.10.2006
L’Atelier du Plateau Fait Son Cirque, Paris

20-24.09.2006
Metropolis Cinema, Beirut

08.08.2006
Fondation Royaumont, Asnières sur Oise

27-28.07.2006
Rencontres Internationales de Flamenco de Sanlucar, Cadiz

02.06.2006
Samir Kassir square, Beirut (CREATION)
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