A nocturnal pilgrimage to an out-of-bounds football court.  Synchronised breathing, ritual dances, obscure football history, acclamations, refrains and Cruyffian* technique.   

Flirting with a scary boundary between fiction and reality, Klapping is a new urban movement form founded by Feras the Shield and Maestro Ahil.  They initiate the audience into this strange, but familiar, new form;  Starting with its history, moving through foundations and fashion codes and arriving at the euphoria of a battle, over the course of the evening the audience is initiated, beginning their transformation towards football deity.  By bathing/immersing in football paraphernalia and reveling in the energy of the court, Feras the Shield and Maestro Ahil guide the audience through this search for profound spiritual significance in the idiosyncratic codes and rituals of football. 

*Cruyffian refers to concepts developed by the late, Dutch, footballer, Johan Cruyff. 


Performer/Devisors | Ahilan Ratnamohan, Feras Shaheen
Costume Design | Anne-Catherine Kunz
First Development Dramaturgy | Kristof Persyn

Campbelltown Arts Centre commission, Nuit Blanche, A Cultured Left Foot co-production, with support from MAF WIP COOP, Monty & Ontmoetingscentrum Luchtbal

KLAPPING has been supported by ArtsNSW. 


17 Oct 2017 MAF WIP COOP, Antwerp BE WORK-IN-PROGRESS 2 Oct 2017 Ontmoetingscentrum Luchtbal, Antwerp BE TRYOUT 6 Oct 2017 Nuit Blanche, Brussels PREMIERE 29, 30 March 2018 Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney AU