mission

performancegroep & het theatergezelschap

Action Zoo Humain is the performance group of theatre-maker/performer/researcher Chokri Ben Chikha, theatre-maker/actorZouzou Ben Chikha, visual artist/archeologist Sarah Eyckerman, business manager Hanne Boelaert & historian/photographer Carmen Van Praet. Along with this artistic and commercial core, the artistic team consists of Walid Ben Chikha (musician), Marijke Pinoy (theatre-maker, actress), Mourade Zeguendi (actor), Sarah Eisa (theatre-maker, actress) and Dahlia Pessemiers-Benamar (theatre-maker, actress).

Action Zoo Humain examines in how far theatre can directly affect reality without losing sight of its poetic potential and sense of self-criticism. The company uses the historical concept of the 'zoo humain’ (human zoo) as an instrument of (re)search to raise questions about ethnic, religious, nationalistic and economic conflict zones.

Action Zoo Humain strives to expose power structures, bring inter-cultural issues into the open and activate the public. The company in this respect seeks to use contemporary formats to represent the (complex) cross-cultural social reality.

Action Zoo Humain consciously chooses not to become part of a larger entity so as to continue to act as a bridge between artists/academicians, the artistic/social-artistic sector, and young talent/experts, as well as between individual artists and cultural institutions.

Action Zoo Humain examines in how far theatre can directly affect reality without losing sight of its poetic potential and sense of self-criticism.

from the local, metropolitan super-diversity

Action Zoo Humain starts from the local, metropolitan super-diversity and encourages and develops international collaborations with both independent artists and organizations..