The Tunisian choreographer and dancer Rochdi Belgasmi will be performing his AFAC supported dance performance “Ouled Jalleba” on the 27th of September 2016 at Metro Al Madina in Beirut.
“Ouled Jalleba” is a known figure in the world of popular arts in Tunisia but, paradoxically, little known among Tunisians. He appeared in the 20s in Bab Souika in Tunis and worked in the singing café "Sallit Dziri". He was much demanded by the public of the medina, which ignored in most time his sexual identity. He, and other transvestites’ dancers were no longer capable of practicing their art once women had the right to dance in public café, with the resistance and women’s liberation movement in Tunisia. The performance is a tribute to figures of folk dancers, less known or which have fallen into oblivion or have been discarded and rejected by the society, such as Oueld Jaleba.
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