Part of Shubbak 2019*
Mo Khansa & Kabareh Cheikhats (London Debut)
Genre defying performances from Casablanca and Beirut: Popular songs meet aerial, drag and DJs in anarchic line-up.
Mo Khansa/ خنسا
From Beirut comes Mo Khansa: multi-genre musician, performer and aerialist. Contemporary belly-dance, drag, aerial work, middle-eastern avant-pop electronica all meet in a genre-defying performance exploring identity, sexuality and emotional vulnerability.
Kabareh Cheikhats كباريه الشيخات
From Casablanca comes the most surprising hit of recent years: Kabareh Cheikhats. Led by theatre director Ghassan El Hakim, 11 actors and musicians pay tribute to Morocco’s most famous female traditional folk singers. Both adored but also stigmatised, the cheikhats had an ambiguous position in society. With deep reverence yet wild and infectious flair Kabareh
Cheikhats sing, dance and re-enact these powerful songs once again – songs of love, rebellion and fierce independence. Using traditional costumes, make-up and instruments and re-inventing traditions of drag and gender ambiguity, Kabareh Cheikhats create a party night like no other: frenzied anarchy and outrageous fun with a political edge.
Music from DJ Moth, playing sounds from the Middle East and beyond — a wild mix of hip hop, dabke, mahragan and club sounds.
This event is 16+.
Rich Mix is wheelchair accessible.
With support from Arts Council England, A. M. Qattan Foundation and Bagri Foundation.
Presented with additional support from British Council, Drosos Foundation, Cockayne Grants for the Arts and London Community Foundation.
*Shubbak is the UK’s premier festival of contemporary Arab culture, presenting outstanding international Arab artists to audiences in London and across England. Taking place from 28 June – 14 July 2019 in venues across London, Shubbak provides an opportunity to engage with arts and culture from across the Arab world. For more information visit shubbak.co.uk.