Le mouton noir, the black sheep, the outsider, the outsider, the Other, the exception, the migrant, the wolf man, the fortune seeker, the seeker. Le Mouton Noir is a collective consisting of Khadija El Kharraz Alami and Scarlet Tummers. Within this collective, critical thinking, the pursuit of the highest, the cleanest, the clearest and the unknown, is central, always starting from the question of what they want to tell and what that story says about the society in which we live now.
Photo: Emiel Meijer
Four people grew up without a father and break away from this missing figure. They fight out the battle that they were never able to fight with him, with each other. They navigate their way past obstacles, try to name and distort their identity. Nothing should stand in the way of them becoming who they want to be; strong, smart, successful, but for whom exactly? Are they still trying to please the one who isn’t there?
They force each other to form a vision on major topics, such as love, faith, loneliness, open-mindedness, ambition and death. Their hearts on the table, their dreams overhauled, their fears visible, their desires palpable; In this way the absence of the father increasingly takes shape. A
subject that is not discussed much, because the loss is taboo and the situation is self-evident to them, but it has a major influence on who they are, how they think, how they move.
Through the performance as a ritual, they free themselves from the constant urge to be confirmed. They observe the difference between who they are and what they want to be. They no longer regard the will to show that things are going well, that they are strong, that they work hard and that they can do it all on their own as their strength, but as their weakness. They search for their first nature, for their open-mindedness with the audience as witness. They attempt to manifest themselves as sincerely as possible, without censorship, as a human being, as an artist, as a lover, as a daughter of, as a son of, as a child.