With HAMEL the Brussels based YouYou Group moves into the theater space as an arena of significance. It catapults an old saga into the 21st century with a spin.
The more than human elements become the protagonists and mouthpieces: the river and the mountain. Focusing on the transformative characteristics of the river, the performers’ voices stream into the solid theater architecture during an immersive sonic choreography that drowns the audience.
HAMEL considers collapse a positive necessity – collapsing borders between performers and audience, inside and outside. Space is a sounding board for ritual and trance as intersecting performative traditions that take us to other places.
Concept and creation: Myriam Van Imschoot, Hoda Siahtiri, Anissa Rouas, Caroline Daish
Developed with: Carolina Van Eps, Dada Kahindo, Louiza Amzighar, Lou Joubert, Maud Cattiaux, Nahal Assakereh, Malika Temoura, Amalia Joumedy, Elli Vassalou, Eszther Némethi, Fatima Aitabi
Immersive dramaturgy: Sarah Leo Movement: Stephanie Auberville Rhythm: Luiza Amghizar Textile: Linda Topic with the assistance of Antonin Bachet Weaving: René Wynants Visual artist: Meryem Bayram Sonorisation: Stef Van Alsenoy Light design: Eduardo Abdala Production manager: Kaat Balfoort Financial manager: Wim Viaene/Rossinant Production: newpolyphonies Coproduction: deSingel, Platform 0090 Thanks to: Perpodium, C-Takt With the support of the Flemish Community, the Tax Shelter Measure of the Belgian Federal Government and the Flemish Community Commission -Brussels.
The following people contributed: Livia Slegers, Anthony Ruotte, Anna Sveyslitskaya, Mira Gebhardt, Caroline Lee-Jeong
Every creation of the YouYou Group builds on the practices that the group has been developing and nurturing since its inception in 2014 by the grace of all its members.