Al Atlal, Song for my mother

[Al Atlal, Song for my mother]


a show by Norah Krief

from 1st to 13 July 2021 - Small Theater

Monday to saturday at 7pm 

duration 1h

In 2016, Norah Krief sang an extract of Oum Kalsoum’s song Al Atlal as an opening of the show Phèdre(s) directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski. The experience resonated for the actress like a call, a call to the memory of her own mother, a Jewish Tunisian who immigrated to the Parisian suburbs. She often sang this melody, mythical all over the Middle East.

As an echo to the nostalgia of a lost country and to childhood memories pushed away over time, Norah Krief, accompanied by musicians, pays tribute to her mother, to the uprooted and to their descendants.

artistic team

a show by Norah Krief

after a poem by Ibrahim Nagi 

sung by Oum Kalsoum

music by Riad Al Sunbati

with Norah Krief, Frédéric Fresson or Antonin Fresson, Lucien Zerrad, Mohanad Aljaramani or Hareth Mhedi

text and dramaturgy Norah Krief and Frédéric Fresson

music Frédéric Fresson, Lucien Zerrad and Mohanad Aljaramani

artistic associate Charlotte Farcet

translated by Khaled Osman

artistic advisor Éric Lacascade

lighting Jean-Jacques Beaudouin

scenography and costumes Magali Murbach and Malgorzata Szczesniak

sound design Olivier Gascoin with Yohann Gabillard

training oriental singing Dorsaf Hamdani

collaboration Duma Poutet aka (Otisto 23)


Photo © Jean-Louis Fernandez
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La Comédie de Valence – CDN Drôme-Ardèche, Compagnie Sonnets


Comédie de Béthune

with the support of

la DRAC Île de France, La Colline - théâtre national et de l’Institut Français au Royaume-Uni

thanks to Wajdi Mouawad, Christine Angot and Marie Descourtieux