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Tangier’s old quarter goes on tour in Chouf Ouchouf

Posted on February 1, 2011

Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger return to the UK this spring with Chour Ouchouf, a show mixing contemporary performance and traditional Moroccan acrobatics.

Presented by producers Crying Out Loud, the show is a snapshot of daily life in Tangier’s cramped old quarter. The 12-strong cast move through a set that floats apart and reassembles to suggest the changes of a bewildering, exciting city. Groupe Acrobatique de Tanger is the latest incarnation of the Hammich family troupe, which dates back to 1904. For Chouf Ouchouf, they have collaborated with Swiss artists Martin Zimmerman and Dimitri de Perot.

Photograph: Mario Del Curto.

UK tour

April 12–13

Eden Court, Inverness

Box office 01463 234234

April 16–17

macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling

Box office 01786 466666

April 21–25

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London

Box office 0844 875 0073

April 28–29

Hall for Cornwall, Truro

Box office 01872 262466

May 2–4

Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Box office 023 8067 1771

May 7–9

Corn Exchange, Brighton Dome, as part of Brighton Festival

Box office 01273 709709 or

May 13–14

Norwich Theatre Royal as part of Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Box office 01603 766400


Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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