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Myriam Van Imschoot - Le Cadeau

’Le Cadeau’ is a tribute to the "youyou" (in French) or "zagharit" (in Arabic), a sharp voice with which women express joy and other intense emotions in countries such as North Africa, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Basque Country. Nowadays, the scream also appears more and more in Western contexts. Here it becomes part of the diversification of sounds that resonate in public and private spaces.
Earlier, Myriam Van Imschoot made portrait films, each time hung on a voice artist who mastered a technique to break or modulate the voice. In this new film, four portraits are the focus of women who explain their personal relationship with the ’youyou’. In addition, the work shows a collective action by the Brussels YOUYOU group, with which Van Imschoot has been making vocal performances for some time. In the final version they occupy the roofs of Brussels and sweep the city loudly.

Direction: Myriam Van Imschoot
Portraits: Anissa Rouas, Fatiha EL Mrabet, Malika Mderreg, Sarah Leo
Performance by the Brussels YouYou Group: Annelies Tollet, Caroline Daish, Elke Gutierrez, Fatimazora Elgacham, Genevieve Prumont , Latifa Abdel-Frame, Lisbeth Schotte, Louiza Amghizzar, Myriam Van Imschoot, Nadia Khammal, Najatt Bouali, Souad Khelifa, Stéphanie Auberville, Talia De Vries, Nezha Haffou, Sonia Williams, Gabriel Poppe

Camera, Light, Color grading: Thomas Shira
Sound and Mix: Quentin Jacques
Editing, Image & Sound: Gianluca Kegelaert Baccaro and Ludo Engels
Montage Image: Myriam Van Imschoot and Luca Mattei
Production: Isabelle Vander Stockt
Translation & Advice: Nezha Haffou
Final editing French: Sarah Léo
Co production: Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Kunsthal Extra City, Beursschouwburg, Q-02

With the support of the Flemish Community, Flemish Community Commission and Darna-Expres.

Duration: 48 minutes

Language: spoken French & Arabic / subtitles French & English

(c) Thomas Shira

2018 Tour dates
April 5 _ Beursschouwburg (Premiere) _ Brussels
May 20 _Live performance YOUYOUYOU, Sinksenfestival _ Kortrijk
Mar 23 - Jul 1_ Eating Each Other, Kunsthal Extra City _ Antwerpen