Director (Action Zoo Humain) and researcher (KASK/School of Arts/HoGent) Chokri Ben Chikha has been selected by the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona to direct a theatre production with a group of young alumni of the institute. After a series of auditions and some intense months of rehearsal AMNÈ(I)S(T)IA: Say Sorry will premiere in November 2018. Inspired by Amnesia/Amnesty, which deals with the similarities between ISIS fighters and collaborators, AMNÈ(I)S(T)IA: Say Sorry analyses the parallels between jihadists and supporters of the Franco regime. Léon Degrelle, the leader of the Belgian fascist movement who was granted asylum in the Spain of Franco after the Second World War, acts as a link between the Belgian collaboration history and the dictatorship of Francisco Franco.
A group of young performers of the Institut del Teatre in Barcelona launches their own YouTube channel. In their videos the youngsters revolt against the hypocrisy behind the scenes of the theatre and in society. They address societal themes and look for strategies to cope with collective traumas from the past. The channel becomes a plea for radical empath and a tribute to the power of imagination.
AMNÈ(I)S(T)IA: Say Sorry will premiere on Wednesday the 7th of November 2018 in theatre Sala Beckett in Barcelona.
CONCEPT AND DIRECTION Chokri Ben Chikha CHOREOGRAPHY Laura Neyskens WITH (ALUMNI IT TEATRE) Laura Teresa Batllori Rodrigo, Judit López Torras, Jaume Forés Juliana, Eleazar Masdeu García, Tamara Ndong Bielo, Martina Pérez Vilarasau, Júlia Santacana Vall, Elena Santiago García, Joana Maria Sureda Matamalas, Martina Tresserra Pi, Omar Tubau Canut PROJECT COORDINATOR Ramon Simó, Pepelú Guardiola DRAMATURGY Carles Batlle PHOTOS Kurt Van der Elst WITH THANKS TO Marijke Pinoy TECHNIQUE alumni ESTAE TECHNICAL PRODUCTION Laura Gutiérrez PRODUCTION Institut del Teatre COPRODUCTION Action Zoo Humain, Temporada Alta, CAET, Sala Beckett, KASK/School of Arts/HoGent WITH THE SUPPORT OF the City of Ghent, NTGent