création 2021


For this new opus for young audiences, Brahim Bouchelaghem wishes to explore the theme of the initiatory journey, a subject often portrayed in literature and film. He will focus on setting in motion the sensitive and epic journey that makes up the complex search for identity.

The dreamlike story of characters who find themselves confronted with trials and tribulations that will lead them to build themselves little by little and allow them to forge their character today.

This choreographic piece for 3 dancers will take the form of a real travel diary.

To nourish this creation, Brahim rubs up against the universe of object theater and puppetry. Another form of expression, another method that he wishes to associate and confront in this collective research on movement and space.

It is Denis Bonnetier who will allow him to compose this double score. Founder and artistic director of Zapoï, a puppet company for young audiences based in the Valenciennes region, Denis' mission will be to train dancers in the manipulation of puppets and objects during research laboratories, the idea being that this work be completely coordinated with the dancer's movement.

Thanks to the intervention of figures that will be used and circumvented for narrative purposes, they will work on the different levels and readings of this choreography and this staging. The presence of these plastic entities at different scales, created by Polina Borisaova, and their setting in movement will create metaphorical images that will take us into imaginary worlds. This danced manipulation, of matter and body, will play with the juggling of points of view favoring the transformation of universes.

For the narrative framework of this fictional journey carried by Usmar's musical creation, Brahim and Denis will rely on the myth of the labyrinth as a metaphor for the meaning of life, which can symbolize the elevation of the spirit towards knowledge or that of the soul towards spirituality, which allows to get out of the confinement and the absurdity of the human condition.

Between dance, objects and puppets, this new creation is an invitation to travel in the form of a quest for identity.


Art Direction Brahim Bouchelaghem

Artistic direction and choreography Brahim Bouchelaghem

Artistic advice objects and puppets Denis Bonnetier

Interpretation and manipulation Moustapha Bellal, Sofiane Chalal, Alhouseyni N’Diaye

Original music Usmar 

Lights Philippe Chambion 

Costumes Emmanuelle Geoffroy

Puppet and object constructions Vitalia Samuilova

Scénographe Brahim Bouchelaghem, Denis Bonnetier

Set construction Atelier du Théâtre du Nord et Denis Bonnetier

Stage management Adrien Hosdez

Administration and artistic coordination Marie Greulich

Production Zahrbat Company

Coproductions La Machinerie, Scène Conventionnée d'intérêt national Art et Création - Écritures urbaines et contemporaines - Vénissieux ; Espace Culturel La Gare - Méricourt

Coproductions with residencies Le Flow Centre Eurorégional des Cultures Urbaines - Lille ; La Guérétoise de spectacle (Espace André Lejeune), Scène Conventionnée - Guéret

With the support of Espace Culturel Barbara - Petite Forêt ; Centre André Malraux ; Scènes de Territoire, Espace Flandre - Hazebrouck, Centre culturel Ronny Coutteure Grenay ; théâtre Le Rayon Vert, Scène Conventionnée d'Intérêt National - Saint National - Saint-Valery-en-Caux 

With the support of the Hauts-de-France Region, DRAC Hauts de France, City of Roubaix and the Pas-de-Calais Departmental Council

Thanks to the Boulon, National Center for Street Arts and Public Space - Vieux Condé

The Zahrbat company is subsidized by the DRAC Hauts de France and is supported by the City of Roubaix, the Hauts de France Region

Artists :
Brahim Bouchelaghem
Moustapha Bellal
Alhouseyni N’Diaye
Sofiane Chalal