In Éléphant, Bouchra Ouizguen gathers performers, singers and musicians who come from the Moroccan folk tradition in the south of the country and have been faithful companions for several joint projects. Dance has always been part of Ouizguen's life, her family and her history. The voices, the singing and the music played on stage draw the score of a group reminiscent of an ancient choir. With their gestures, the women evoke what passes, what disappears: How can loss be synonymous with joy? Can disappearance suspend time and free us from it? Choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen takes up these questions with the help of the emotions of movement and sound. Without solidifying meaning, she makes the stage a place of encounter between different practices, time spaces and histories, building a choreographic and acoustic spectacle for a collective, suspended time.
In collaboration with Culturescapes 2023 Sahara.
Q&A after the performance on 29.11.
Marrakech-based Bouchra Ouizguen cultivates a personal, unique and inspired form of choreographic expression that is far removed from Western contemporary dance. For more than a decade, she has worked with women performing at traditional festivals with her charismatic presence and powerful singing voices. As folk artists from southern Morocco who embody part of the country's cultural heritage, they carry a form of joyful freedom that is at odds with society's gender, cultural and racial biases.
By inviting them into the contemporary dance scene, Ouizguen brings together past and present, tradition and modernity. By sharing their respective experiences as women and artists, the choreographer enters into an alliance with them to put difference to the test - but without violence, through serenity, complicity and generous respect for human dignity.
Dancers and singers
Milouda El Maataoui, Bouchra Ouizguen Halima Sahmoud, Joséphine Tilloy
Festival Montpellier Danse, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris), AFAC (Arab Fund for Art and Culture), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Cultural Foundation – Abu Dhabi, ERT Emilia Romagna Teatro
Mit der Unterstützung von Fondation d’entreprise Hermès im Rahmen von New Settings