Taking a leaf out of the personal experiences, words and music of the youth in the Arab world, as well as from current burning issues, this original creation of the FMA aims at bridging the gap between divided spaces and speeches in order to re-establish a reuniting dialog.
After the release of their album Beauty and the East, which led to an international tour with Deep Purple, the unavoidable Lebanese band The Kordz voices in Charabia the inextricable paradox wherein lives a youth that swings between the recollection of a racking war and a tremendous hope for reconstruction. Gusts of notes and electrifying chords blend in alternative rock with Eastern sounds and flow into the world of the great Sufi singer Abdel Karim Chaar and the rebellious words of the rapper 4Say.
Katia Makdissi-Warren – artistic director of Montreal ensemble OktoEcho – sees the urban gift of gab of this young band as a challenge and call to arms that she takes on with the ardor and gusto of a passionate apprentice. She explores, scrutinizes, spins out, interrupts and renders more complex, endlessly trying to create both rich and light, thick and joyful musical strokes.
On this very path of adventure and challenge also treads the French choreographer Kadia Faraux, seeking the unsaid and the fleeting aspect of these intimacies delivered with such vigor or, at times, sarcasm. Inspired by the various themes in Molière’s Tartuffe, she transcribes the different mechanisms of language and its interactions in a modern choreography streaked with Eastern fragrances.
Such a spectacle of wisdom and folly does not leave Kevork Mourad indifferent. The Armenian-born painter and illustrator, whose creativity is recognized by the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, as well as by many museums in the Middle East and Japan, adorns sounds and movement with his spontaneous ink paintings, combining calligraphy and abstract art. Last but not least, Hassan Aziz, artistic director of DearMinds, seeps in and, from the underground, broadcasts the video of his Charabia deviations, to fully encircle… the chaos!
The FMA brings its 12th edition to a close with an interdisciplinary “banquet”, where dialogue is done in music, dance, words and visual illustrations of intertwining and seemingly irreconcilable spheres of sound, thus deconstructing “our” Tower of Babel. Sounds as novel as life, rhythms and music freed from the gravity of old tales emerge out of nowhere, and flourish in an imaginary spring… Charabia, chaos is only creative on stage!