Theatre company & performance group
Action Zoo Humain is the performance group of theatre-maker/performer/researcher Chokri Ben Chikha. Raphaël Vandeweyer is responsible for dramaturgy and artistic assistance. Along with this artistic core, the permanent artistic team consists of theatre-maker/actress Marijke Pinoy, theatre-maker/musician/actor Zouzou Ben Chikha, musician Walid Ben Chikha, theatre-maker/actress Dahlia Pessemiers-Benamar, theatre-maker/actor Maxime Waladi.
Action Zoo Humain examines ito what extent theatre can directly affect reality without losing sight of its poetic potential and sense of self-criticism. The company uses the historical concept of the 'zoo humain’ or human zoo as an instrument of (re)search to raise questions about ethnic, religious, nationalistic and economic conflict zones.
Action Zoo Humain strives to expose power structures, to reveal inter-cultural issues and to activate the public. In this respect, the company seeks to use contemporary formats to represent the current (complex) cross-cultural social reality.
Action Zoo Humain consciously chooses not to become part of a larger entity in order to continue to act as a bridge between artists and academics, the artistic and social-artistic sector, and young talents and experts, as well as between individual artists and cultural institutions.
Action Zoo Humain examines to what extent theatre can directly affect reality without losing sight of its poetic potential and sense of self-criticism.
Since 2017 the company is structurally funded by the Flemish government. Starting from season 2018-2019 Action Zoo Humain is artist in residence at NTGent, the city theatre of Ghent and one of the biggest theatres in Belgium, currently under the artistic guidance of Milo Rau. In 2018, the company is invited to several theatre festivals in Belgium and the Netherlands.