Pirates of Salé
Pirates of SaléDirector: Merieme Addou, Rosa Rogers
Morocco, United Kingdom, France, United Arab Emirates | Arabic, French
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Eligible for Child Protection Award
On Morocco’s old pirate coast, in the city of Salé, Cirque Shems’y sits on the edge of the poorest slums, where hundreds of teenagers come to audition each year, looking for a better future. Pirates of Salé delves fully into the transformation of four young Moroccans learning to live independently and embrace the creative drive that comes with artistic freedom. Jawad, the charismatic director, has a driving mission to develop a dynamic Moroccan performance group who can hold their own on the international stage and tasks each performer with finding new ways of interpreting their own culture and experience.
Among his students is Hajar, 15, who has lived on the streets after her mother’s death. Imed is a dazzling performer who sees circus as a way to challenge corruption in Morocco. Rizlan has finally won a place in Cirque Shems’y after four years, but she’s near the age when her family want her to marry.
These young performers have set themselves outside social constraints to pursue imaginative freedom. They fuse circus skills with contemporary dance and theatre to create spectacular, provocative pieces drawn from their own experiences on the city streets inspired by the city’s pirate history and Moroccan society, politics and culture. It embodies every bit of life breaking with the past and grasping for a future beyond the coast.