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Re-Claiming Space


Each evening Khadija El Kharraz Alami invites somebody else on stage. A performer, artist, actor, writer, human being, dancer... You witness their first meeting. Re-claiming Space creates space and attention for the unknown aspects of female energy and reflects on how to deepen it. In this performance, Khadija manifests womanly beauty, vulnerability, unheard voices, physicality, and neglected feminine perspectives. 'I'm re-claiming space by sharing space.' The exploration is inspired, among other things, by Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés and Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde. Khadija’s work process is characterized by leaving certain things undetermined, so the performance takes shape onstage. 

• Khadija El Kharraz Alami grew up in Amsterdam and, free from all convention and predictability, she forged her way to a place in the Dutch theatre landscape. Her productions persistently question perspectives – as well as the position that she has now attained. Previously, she presented the solo Now I am Medea at the Kaaistudios, which won her the KBC Young Theatre Prize at Theater Aan Zee. The series Re-claiming Space,started as a research for her performance The Waves (2022).

• Valeria Secchi (9/2) (1992, she/they) is a dancer/performer/maker, born and raised in Sardinia (IT). Currently based in Antwerp, since 2021 they work as an artist mainly between Belgium and Italy. As a maker is developing a movement research in relationship to bio-materials made out of wasted food by the visual artist Giulia Cauti. Thus, looking for a political body in constant transformation and acceptance of the multiple identities that inhabit it.  Since 2023 they teach improvisation at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and they became a member of the trajectory for new makers ‘Platform in De Maak’. 

• Amina Abouelghar (10/2) is a dancer and performer based between Brussels and Cairo. She graduated from the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center. She co-created the dance duet Nafaq and has been working and collaborating with different mediums and artists, such as filmmakers, musicians, and theatremakers. Her latest work titled Young Dreams premiered in NEXT Festival which reflects on memory and storytelling through dance. Abouelghar is often intrigued by humour, groove, and storytelling. 

concept Khadija El Kharraz Alami | guests Valeria Secchi & Amina Abouelghar | design Rosa Schützendorf | video Julie De Clercq | sculpture Matt Burgess | costume design Octavia de Buysser | dramaturgical advice Esther Severi | production kunstenwerkplaats | coproduction kunstenwerkplaats, Kaaitheater, Frascati, Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam en NTGent | with the support of the Dutch Embassy 

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