Sunday, June 09, 2013

"Road-theatre" or travelling theatre by Mohamed El Hassouni

By Allal El Alaoui

"Road-theatre" or travelling  theatre remains a marvellous experience in theatre going especially among  slum dwellers on the outskirts of the Moroccan cities .This moment of theatre entertainment leaves   joy and delight  on simple people and helps them to forget suffering of their social status, even for a while. "Road-theatre" is a technical experience with a deep social dimension founded by Mohamed El Hassouni and his wife.

Audience of different  ages, of both sexes behind metal barriers in the form of ring .. Children sitting cross-legged at  the forefront of human-ring belt .. The demise of a day, the sun slanted in the direction of sunset hit gradually and  directly into the faces of the actors all involved to the "playing field" . Dance and acrobatics, circus games and music, and breathed into the fire .. "theatrical" and soak dust  scenes and boards in multiple colors in the flow takes the eye and the senses, representatives carrying masks, dressed in strange clothes and accessories from the minds of viewers ,reminds us of The Italian Commedia Del Arte.( see Kenza fridou and Abdelkader Mikiyate ).

 The puppets in different  roles  diagnosed names, people in daily life, get into the trap of  laughter and sympathy and interaction in the ring: corrupt cops and personal sanitation worker are performed by professional actors and actresses sartistically, the girl who immigrates, maid houses raped by house lords  and  university students who can not afford to live on.. In the final scene stands Boxing Circuit ,columns and strings, in a duel between a woman and a man .. Fierce confrontations.. in the last round women can triumph over the man in which girls get delighted , but the spirit of sport is also prevailed and gives great dimension of ‘la dolce vita’ .

Now number of partners and supporters to experience the "Road-theatre " is increasing continuously, some of them secure a "message" After a while, while others embraced directly in the cradle of birth, including " Goethe-Institute from Germany " in Rabat, which provides financial support for the band, a key partner in the experiment, before other on-line partners and supporters, including the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of the Interior, getting the project more likable via its, "Human Development Project". At  the same time other experiences of ‘Road- movie’ continue to grow in big cities like  Casablanca, Tangiers, and Ouarzazate ...