Aleppo is a Brussels-based independent project, engaged in opening public programs through artistic interventions and reflections.
Every season Aleppo opens an Imaginary School, a free and open program of performances, lectures, screenings and reading groups emerging from a specific question.
Among the recent projects of Aleppo:
Can Nature Protest? (Manifesta, Palermo 2018, with Paul Maheke, Isabel Margarita Lewis, Emanuele Coccia),
The Second Nature (Homo Novus, Riga, 2017, with a.o. Karabbing Film Collective, Elizabet Povinelli);
Une vitalité indomptable (Festival Parallèle, MUCEM, Marseille 2017, with a.o. Anne-Lise Le Gac, Ana Pi);
Black Market (Brussels 2016);
The School of Exceptions (Santarcangelo 2016),
The Body as Archive (Dansem, MUCEM, Marseille 2015, with Sofiane Ouissi and Arkadi Zaides)
Fictional Islands (Les îles fictives de la Méditerranée) is a program concieved by Daniel Blanga Gubbay (Aleppo – Bruxelles) invited by Festival DanseM 2018 à Marseille.
This program has been concieved in collaboration with Pierre-Laurent Boudet (Entropie Production, Bruxelles) and Francesca Corona (DANSEM – Marseille)
Anne-Lise Le Gac (Fr), Tropicantesimo (It), Malak Helmy (Eg), Tropicold (Fr), Invernomuto (It), Daniel Blanga Gubbay (Be/It), Bassam Abou Diab (Lib), Jacopo Jenna (It), Sequoyah Tiger (It)
Co-directed by L’Officina (Marseille - Fr) and Entropie Production (Be)
In collaboration with Montévideo (Marseille - Fr) and Parallèle, Plateforme pour la jeune création internationale (Marseille - Fr)
From Monte Cristo to Khytrea or Isla Sagrado, a multitude of Mediterranean islands come from the field of fiction. If the imaginary of the Mediterranean is the sum of its cultures and its islands, would the emergence of fictitious islands modify its identity? How can they imagine their folklore and their cultures?
This program gathers artists on varied propositions, moments of theoretical reflections, sound and choreographic interventions, to think fiction as a political tool of questioning of the Mediterranean space and its imaginary.
Traveling between a video installation by Egyptian artist Malak Helmy, a danced dialogue between Jacopo Jenna and Bassam Abu Diab, an intervention by Daniel Blanga Gubbay, a Sequoyah Tiger concert, Invernomuto’s Black Med project (recently designed for Manifesta12) in Palermo), the atmospheres designed by Anne-Lise Le Gac and Tropicantesimo ..
This proposal proposes a journey from intervention to intervention, from island to island to draw a fictional narrative of the Mediterranean space.