Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger
Keeping it in the family. Discovered practising on their local Tangier beach by a holidaying producer, in 2004 the Groupe were hooked up with French director Aurélien Bory to produce their first theatre show, Taoub, a formally-conceived piece that teased out some of the woven strands of their family history (the performers are all brothers and sisters and cousins and uncles). They've since gone on to work with the Swiss duo Zimmerman & de Perrot on Chouf Ouchouf, a fractured, broken window onto life in the Medina, Tangier's old quarter. Whatever they do, the Groupe's work is informed by the rough, vernacular style of acrobatics that's been passed down from generation to generation.
As we enter the auditorium, we see the members of Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger loitering onstage, a motley assortment of men and women of various ages – some tall, some small; some stocky, some svelte.