Ali & Hèdi Thabet

On the left, on the Mediterranean terrace, seven musicians and a mezzo-soprano; on the stage, seven dancers; in the background, the large mirror shows extracts from Jean-Daniel Pollet’s film L’Ordre, which takes as its subject the last European leprosy colony on the island of Spinalonga, off the coast of Crete, at the crossroads of East and West.

Against a background of melodies by Vivaldi, medieval polyphonic chants and rebetiko – a music of spiraling oriental blues touched by gypsy accents – Ali and Hèdi Thabet build an intense performance, in which artistic forms mingle. With the words of Raimondakis, one of the people with leprosy and one of the island’s true characters, they associate a free interpretation of the myth of Narcissus, symbol of beauty, but also of love and exile. While questioning notions of normality, rejection and attraction, the two brothers create a dialogue between music, movement and the poetry of René Char. A total art that draws from the well of Greece, in the cradle of Europe, to explore the situation of the artist examining themselves as well as the condition of actor and spectator.


Concept: Ali & Hèdi Thabet

Dramaturgie: Hèdi Thabet

Music direction: Ali Thabet

Scenography & costumes: Florence Samain

Lights: Ana Samoilovich 

Sound & video: Aurélien Cros

Dancers: Laida Aldaz Arrietta, Léa Dubois, Viktoria Antonova, Julia Färber, Benfury, Artémis Stavridi & Hèdi Thabet

Vocals: Mehdi Ayachi

Lyric singer: Catherine Bourgeois

Vocals, kanun: Mourad Brahim

Bouzouki: Michalis Dimas

Violin: Stefanos Filos 

Clarinet, ney, laouto, vocals: Ilias Markantonis

Vocals, guitar: Ioannis Niarchios

Baglama vocals: Foteini Papadopoulou

Production manager: Etat d’esprit productions 

Coproduction: Théâtre National de Wallonie-Bruxelles, les Théâtres de la ville de Luxembourg, Maison de la culture Amiens, ThéâtredelaCité – CDN Toulouse Occitanie, Maison des arts de Créteil, la Comète – Scène nationale de Châlons-en-Champagne, Théâtres en Dracénie – Draguignan & Etat d’esprit productions

With the support of Adami, la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, la Chaire Mahmoud Darwich/Bozar & la Villette-Paris