In search for Tarab

Documentary 2013-2020

Since 2013, the process of the creation of the performance, Tarab is followed by the camera from the first idea by the choregraphers Laurence Yadi and Nicolas Cantillon in Cairo, the creation with the dancers, the premiere in Geneva in 2013 which is a first trail to find out whether the interplay between dancers and the audience will fullfill the spirit of Tarab. At the performance in Cairo (Egypt – spring 2018), Tarab returns back to the Orient.

All the up and downs, the critical moments likewise the joyful celebration of the performance, will be brought together in this documentary. Not only the choreographers, musicians and dancers are followed in these different stages, but also Tarab-specialists in Cairo are opening up to a more general and theoretical concept of Tarab.

Archive material will be used to illustrate the Tarab concept of Oum Kalthoum, whose concerts, especially in the 1950s, had a lasting impact on the concept not only in the whole Arab world.

The interweaving of the various cinematic threads creates a dense picture of Tarab, from the classical Arabic definition to a contemporary international interpretation.

In search for Tarab enlighten the process of creativity, the difficulty of interpreting an Oriental concept into a western performance and will follow the choreographers on there upcoming way in also teaching contemporary dancers in Cairo.

Choreography, Concept
Laurence Yadi, Nicolas Cantillon

Donkeyshot Filmproduction: Ahmed Abdel Mohsen, Sandra Gisy


Luc Bénard, Rosanne Briens, Nicolas Cantillon, Ryan Djojokarso, Karima El Amrani, Victoria Hoyland, Aline Lopes, Margaux Monetti, Melissa Ugolini, Laurence Yadi

Sir Richard Bishop, Jacques Mantica



Donkeyshot filmproduction Zurich et le Caire, Compagnie 7273

Financial support
Arab Bank Switzerland Ltd.