Badke is part of KVS’ Palestine trajectory. For this performance, Koen Augustijnen, Rosalba Torres (les ballets C de la B) and Hildegard De Vuyst (KVS) work with ten Palestinian performers, young autodidacts from various disciplines including contemporary dance, hip hop, circus, etc.
The term ‘badke’ is a distortion of ‘dabke’, a Palestinian folk dance. The performance starts out from the popular variant: the people’s social, festive dabke. The performers go on to confront this locally rooted dance with elements from worldwide pop (dance) culture. Badke becomes a quest for a dabke that not only conveys the unique Palestinian desire to ‘belong somewhere’, but also the wish to be part of a world beyond that.
To the tones of Naser Al-Fares’ rousing music, the young Palestinians dance their hearts out, but the hard truth grates and pulls beneath the surface.