27.01.2020 - Young performers wanted!
Action Zoo Humain is looking for young performers for 'Flemish Masters', directed by Chokri Ben Chikha. This dance theatre performance will be created in collaboration with NTGent, Theater Rotterdam, KASK & Conservatory/University College Ghent and les ballets C de la B.
19.03.2019 - How 'State of the Theatre' echoes in Amsterdam
"Does anyone have a lighter? The controversial final scene of State of the Theatre, with which Chokri Ben Chikha opened the Nederlands Theater Festival - ànd called on the theatre world to initiate more social action - still resonates in Amsterdam. In response to his much debated speech, the Academy for Theatre and Dance invited Chokri Ben Chikha
19.03.2019 - HUMAN(ART)ISTIC: ‘Dido and Aenaes’ in the context of 'transmigration'
Refugees increasingly end up in vulnerable situations: they stay in refugee camps, public parks, ghettos and even jungles. In organizing the forum 'Territory and migration', the Brussels arts festival Human(art)istic sounds the alarm. Action Zoo Humain is planning an artistic intervention: DNA in BXL. What form does a centuries-old opera take in
04.02.2019 - Debate | Art and nationalism: a fruitful marriage or a stillborn child?
In May 2018 the Catalan rapper Valtònyc fled to Belgium. In his homeland Spain he was sentenced to imprisonment for insulting the crown and glorifying terrorism in his texts. Can an artist make his political voice heard in his work? Who decides where art ends and propaganda begins? Some compare the authoritarian attitude of Madrid today with the
14.01.2019 - Dancer wanted!
Action Zoo Humain and hetpaleis are looking for a male dancer for their new theatre production Dihya, a youth performance with dance and music, played by Dahlia Pessemiers-Benamar and directed by Simon De Vos. The text is written by Rachida Lamrabet. The monologue tells the story of the Amazigh queen Dihya, situated in the seventh century, who
08.01.2019 - When Arabs Danced
How does Muslim fundamentalism influence the Arab art world? In the documentary When Arabs Danced, director Jawad Rhalib portrays the resistance of Arab artists against Islamic fundamentalism. During the creation and rehearsal process of Subjection (2017) it soon became clear to Action Zoo Humain that Islam is not an easy subject to bring to the
11.12.2018 - Senate votes on policy recommendations for decolonisation
Last weekend, more than 500 spectators in the Senate voted on five policy recommendations for the processing of the Belgian colonial past. A truth commission examined the exhibition of people from Belgian Congo at the 1897 and 1958 world exhibitions in Brussels and formulated policy recommendations addressed to the authorities of our country
26.11.2018 - Children of the Colony
"I see decolonisation as stepping out of your cage or taking people out of a cage. You can only see yourself as a victim - then you put yourself in a cage - or you can put other people in a cage, for example by saying: they are Muslims and they are dangerous. I consider decolonisation to be a day-to-day practice in which you become aware of how
16.11.2018 - Catalan sister of 'Amnesty/Amnesia' premiered in Barcelona
A first for Action Zoo Humain: on 8 and 9 November the performance Amnesty/Amnesia and its Catalan counterpart AMNE(I)S(T)IA: Say Sorry were on stage simultaneously; one in Ghent, the other in Barcelona. Together with choreographer Laura Neyskens, artistic director (AZH) and researcher (KASK/School of Arts/HoGent) Chokri Ben Chikha and alumni of
15.10.2018 - The truth about Expo '58 in the Belgian Senate
This year, Brussels is celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of Expo '58, the world exhibition that attracted more than forty million visitors to the foot of the Atomium in 1958, as well as the exhibition that showed 278 Congolese from Belgian Congo as attractions in a counterfeit village. Moreover, the AfricaMuseum in Tervuren reopened its doors in
02.10.2018 - Impressions of 'The Procession'
During the opening weekend of NTGent, Action Zoo Humain laid the first stones for the Flemish pavilion at the world exhibition in Dubai in 2020. The company was looking for Flanders' most valuable export product to conquer Dubai and found that valuable asset in the interface between art and science: what makes Flanders unique is the DNA of our
10.09.2018 - State of the Theatre calls on artists to oppose
On 6 September 2018 artistic director and researcher (KASK/School of Arts/HoGent) Chokri Ben Chikha opened the Nederlands Theater Festival in Amsterdam. In his State of the Theatre he pleaded for more decisiveness in the theatre and stressed the strength of artistic truth. His speech was received by the audience with intense emotions. The speech
30.08.2018 - Chokri Ben Chikha opens the Dutch Theatre Festival 2018
At the start of the new cultural season, artistic director and researcher (KASK/School of Arts/HoGent) Chokri Ben Chikha will be launching the Nederlands Theater Festival in Amsterdam. With his State of the Theatre, the annual opening speech of the festival, he will set out his vision of the contemporary theatre landscape. Lot Vekemans, the speaker
24.07.2018 - Action Zoo Humain occupies Ostend
Action Zoo Humain also has a summer holiday. Soon we will travel with the whole team to the Belgian coast for a few days. On the 30th and 31st of July our performance Amnesty/Amnesia can be seen at Theater aan Zee (TAZ) and on the 2nd August the company organizes theatrical tours through the exhibition A conversation between collections from
09.07.2018 - Maxime Waladi presents Le Chicon at the Gentse Feesten
The countdown can begin: in a few days, Ghent will once again be filled with music, parties and a lot of cultural activities for another week. Action Zoo Humain is also there: on 13, 14, 15 and 16 July, young theatre-maker Maxime Waladi will perform Le Chicon in NTGent Arca. Why you have to be there? The makers Zouzou Ben Chikha and Maxime Waladi
13.06.2018 - Action Zoo Humain in Barcelona
While Catalan rappers and politicians are entrenching themselves in Belgium, Action Zoo Humain is moving to Barcelona. Chokri Ben Chikha was invited by IT Teatre to direct a performance. The dance theatre play will deal with the unprocessed past and the complex past and seek out the parallels between IS fighters and Frenchmen. The auditions have
13.06.2018 - 'Amnesty/Amnesia' selected for the TheaterFestival 2018
Action Zoo Humain is already looking forward to summer: our performance Amnesty/Amnesia has been selected from 382 performances for the TheaterFestival 2018. The festival offers an annual stage to a series of special theatre and dance performances from the past theatre season. From the jury report: "With ingenious constructions Ben Chikha finds a
08.01.2018 - Dear governments, Chokri has a suggestion to make
On the occasion of our most recent performance Amnesty/Amnesia, Chokri Ben Chikha crawled into his pen to wake up our Belgian government, starting from the hottest issues of production. Just before Amnesty/Amnesia premiered in NTGent Arca, the column was published in De Morgen.
17.08.2017 - Save the date
Action Zoo Humain invites you to the book launch of Zoo Humain. The Happy Return of the Barbarian. On Thursday 7 September 2017 at 8 pm Chokri Ben Chikha will present the publication with the indispensable garlands and the enthusiasm of Dirk De Wachter, Anna Luyten, Marijke Pinoy, Dahlia Pessemiers-Benamar, Maxime Waladi, Kenji Minogue, Walid Ben
02.05.2017 - Mourade Zeguendi: "De Palma: Yes, please. A role as a terrorist: no, thank you."
Mourade Zeguendi is tired of the fact that he is always cast as a 'terrorist'. He also refuses an attractive proposal by Brian De Palma with conviction. His clear message to the director was picked up by the national and international press.
21.04.2017 - "Houellebecq is taken way too seriously" - Knack
This Sunday, the 23rd of April 2017, the first round of the French presidential election coincides with the premiere of Submission (Action Zoo Humain & NTGent) in Amsterdam. Everything is a coinsidence. Nothing is a coinsidence. Chokri Ben Chikha spoke with Els Van Steenberghe (Knack, 19/04/2017).
19.02.2017 - Recht.Op.Zondag
Mayor Bart Somers of Mechelen, apparently the "best mayor in the world", lures Action Zoo Humain with The Truth Commission to the city of Maneblussers! City festival Op.Recht.Mechelen celebrates 400 years of justice in its city with the intention to defend the importance of justice and justice. Where else than in Mechelen can we therefore better
16.01.2017 - Make society playable
How can an urban theatre in the world make a difference? According to Chokri Ben Chikha, the answer lies in 'playing', in the broadest sense of the word. It is about increasing the playability in the city. This can be done in several ways. Three tips in Etcetera & rekto:verso.
06.12.2016 - The Flemish Pavilion in Dubaï
“Een Vlaming kan zich goed relativeren, staat met beide voeten stevig in de kleigrond, waaruit na noeste arbeid een baksteen wordt gemaakt.” Maar wat vindt u? Met dank aan vele enthousiaste Waregemnaren verzamelden we opnieuw goeie ideeën over de Vlaamse identiteit voor het Flemish Pavilion in Dubaï (2020). Woensdag 21/12 om 20u sluiten Chokri Ben
24.11.2016 - Award ceremony Théatrales de Carthage
In November 2016, at the Journées Théâtrales de Carthage, we awarded the Artists Without Borders Prize to the talented Tunisian choreographer Hafedh Zallit with his production "Les ergs du Sable". The international jury (Chokri Ben Chikha (KASK/SCHOOL OF ARTS/HOGENT), Dave Schwab (PRODUCTIEHUIS ROTTERDAM), Cees Vossen (MOUSSEM) & Meriam Bousselmi
30.09.2016 - Chokri Ben Chikha - "I feel very Belgian, despite my dual nationality"
Chokri Ben Chikha was a news guest at Radio 1. Last summer he listened with amazement to N-VA politician Zuhal Demir. After the coup in Turkey and the subsequent riots in Belgium, she proposed to let people with dual nationality choose one of the two. If Chokri had to choose between his two nationalities, what would he choose? Tunisian or Belgian?
23.10.2015 - Join the Revolution: a try out at the international theatre festival in Tunis
Today Action Zoo Humain performed at the international festival Journées théâtrales de Carthage in Tunis with a work-in-progress of the new performance Join the Revolution. The performance's subject is Tunisia. This makes the show in Tunis a special moment. The interaction with the local Tunisian artists and their vision on the Arab Spring are
29.03.2015 - AZH at the Hart boven Hart parade!
AZH was happy to support the initiative of HART BOVEN HART and TOUTE AUTRE CHOSE. On Sunday 29 March 2015, the Grand Parade passed through Brussels with a colourful and critical parade of citizens, families and organisations who are concerned about the direction of the current policy. Despite the rain we sang and danced with 20,000 enthusiasts the
11.03.2015 - Dancer and choreographer Chantal Loïal receives an accolade from François Hollande
The dancer and choreographer Chantal Loïal (to be seen in 'The Truth Commission, 2013', among other places) has proudly received the highest French distinction 'L'insigne de Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur' for artistic merit. None other than President Hollande honoured her with this award. We congratulate Chantal Loïal on her incredible merit!
13.05.2014 - Week of debates at Vooruit - PSWX TALKS FOR STUDENTS
Together with his brother Walid Ben Chikha, Chokri Ben Chikha formulated a pointed thesis about the elections. This presentation in Vooruit's theatre according to the TED formula: PSWx was set up for first-year students of the Faculty of PSW (Political and Social Sciences) of Ghent University.
08.04.2014 - Chokri Ben Chikha: candidate for Minister of Culture
Dear democratic party chairmen, May I start off right away with your permission? It is telling that in this election campaign the emphasis is on the economic crisis, employment, pensions, health care, education, justice, etc. All quite rightly so. But can I say that culture is hardly mentioned, if at all? As if there is no room for culture in this