Barcelona Cultura

Hillel Kogan / Drôles de dames

We love Arabs

So many years after the outbreak of a conflict that seems endless, can there be a new way of talking about the clash between Arabs and Israelis? There is at least one way of doing so that can bring out a smile and erase borders. It was discovered by Hillel Kogan, who appears before the audience like a teacher about to enlighten the minds of his pupils. Worn out by complacency and a victim of the most colonialist and paternalistic attitudes, the performer will create a parodic portrait of a supposedly progressive artist who needs the complicity of an Arab dancer to recreate on stage the conflict engulfing their peoples. And, as they perform a somewhat kitsch dance, they will analyse forms of behaviour and cast a comic but devastating gaze on the reality of relations between two communities that have been at war with each other for too long.

Dancer, performer, actor, playwright... Hillel Kogan is multi-faceted, but he is known particularly for his work from 2005 to 2016 as rehearsals assistant to the renowned Ohad Naharin at the world-famous Batsheva Dance Company of Tel Aviv. In 2015, Kogan was appointed artistic director of the Israeli dance festival Curtain Up (Haramat Masach, in Hebrew).

Appearing with Kogan is his compatriot Adi Boutrous, who has worked with such Israeli choreographers as Iris Erez, Dana Ruttenberg, Shlomi Twizer, Edmond Rousseau and Bosmat Nussan. Besides creating his own works for the Israeli independent dance scene, he has worked as a dancer with Hillel Kogan since 2013.

Against prejudice, dance. These three words may well sum up a performance that tears down walls and advocates peaceful coexistence through humour and subtlety. The most enjoyable way of talking about politics – or dancing it!

With the support of the Israeli Ministry of Culture and the Israeli Lottery Arts Council.

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Choreography and writing
Hillel Kogan
Performed by
Adi Boutrous / Mourad Bouayad, Hillel Kogan
Kazem Alsaher, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Artistic advisors
Inbal Yaacobi, Rotem Tashach
Amir Castro
Plaça de Margarida Xirgu, 1, 08004 Barcelona, Espanya

L1 (Espanya), L3 (Espanya, Poble Sec)




França Xica, 42; Passeig de l'Exposició, 30


55, 121, N0, N6


Auditorium accessible to people with reduced mobility. Accessible toilets.


All seats equipped with induction loop for the hard of hearing.

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This activity is part of the Grec_Explorers
Start date
End date
Mercat de les Flors - Sala Pina Bausch
8 p.m.
Running time
55 min
Performance in spanish
18 €

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