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World The Institut du Monde Arabe reinvents itself with its “Parvis en scène” and Scheherazade

20:05  01 august  2020
20:05  01 august  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Faced with the coronavirus pandemic, the Arab World Institute (IMA) is reinventing itself with the “Parvis en scène” festival, where open-air shows take place in the square of the institute, in Paris, respecting social distancing. On the program, theater, dance, music and tales that blend with "Variations on the Thousand and One Nights", taking place on weekends until August 8.

Three artists occupy the square of the IMA in front of an audience scattered for this session of "Variations on the Thousand and One Nights": a kora player, a dancer and the actress Clémence Azincourt, who plays the oldest storyteller : “At Shéhérazade, what is extraordinary is that she invents the“ cliff-hanger ”as in the television series - that is to say that she always stops when you want to know the rest, ”she explains.

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Scheherazade is the one who captivates King Shahryar and saves his life and that of the women of the kingdom by the force of literature. Stories imbued with magic, eroticism and fables punctuated by the whirling of Smaïl Kanouté, between African dance and Sufi typical of whirling dervishes: "It linked me to African oral culture, with African tales," explains the dancer. . So instead of going directly to the Middle East, I started from my Malian origins, from the aesthetic of African tales with animals, morals. I left on my own to go towards the tales of “A Thousand and One Nights” ”.

The captivating spectacle leaves you spellbound as King Shahryar: he will have to come back. " Varations on the Thousand and One Nights " is free and takes place on August 1 with the performance on Scheherazade, August 3, 4, 5 on Aladin, and August 7, 8 and 9 around Sinbad the sailor.

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