Al Tharwa, Alia Sellami


Concept note

“Revolution, insurrection, uprising… whatever it is called, its marks have been very deep, various and unexpected. This piece is just an echo. A sound echo that feeds on noises and sounds of the “Revolution”, but which is also an echo, that this shock wave has generated deep within us. Faced with its violence, our compasses’ pointers lost their capacity to determine direction, and our bearings were lost. Naked, we found ourselves face to face to ourselves, our fears, our assets, our contradictions, our strengths, our weaknesses, our instincts and our failures. A whole nation seems to have discovered itself. A nation, whose identity was troubled, and whose mirror image had been clouded for so long, that it no longer knew what it was. Very much like an image on a silver plate, we were “developed” and we saw what we were, with our fragility and power… our wealth… Well!”

Alia Sellami


Alia Sellami was born in 1970. She began her artistic career as a dancer. Following five years, as a soloist of the first Tunisian contemporary dance company IKAA, she moved to Paris, where she met the opera. Her career as an opera singer did not prevent her from going ahead with practicing Arab singing and jazz when she returned to Tunisia, giving many concerts. Encounters between contemporary music and improvisation fascinated her and pushed her towards composition. Along side with her career as a versatile singer abroad (and in Tunisia, where she founded her own vocal ensemble “Aloes”, whose leading work is Nafass, an a capella concert comprising sacred songs from 22 countries), Alia Sellami teaches singing techniques at the University of Tunis, and conducts numerous master classes abroad.

Music, vocals and accompaniment : Alia Sellami // Lyrics : Miriam Benedetto and Alia Sellami.
Étape de présentation finale du programme Miniatures Officinae 2010-2011 soutenu par la Commission européenne du 27 au 30 avril 2011 à la Townhouse Gallery au Caire.
Production : L’Officina-atelier marseillais de production (Marseille, France)
Coproduction : L’animal a l’esquena (Espagne), Indisciplinarte (Italie), El Teatro (Tunisie), Haraka (Egypte)
Avec le soutien de la Commission Européenne dans le cadre du programme Culture 2007-2013, volet Coopération avec les pays tiers pour les années 2010 et 2011.

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