18-05-22 to 22-05-22

© Moulay Youssef Elkahfaï

18 — 22.05

Bouchra Ouizguen Marrakesh


dance — premiere

De Kriekelaar

| ⧖ 1h | €18 / €15

Bouchra Ouizguen est une figure majeure de la danse et de la chorégraphie contemporaine au Maroc où elle s’engage depuis toujours dans le développement d’une scène chorégraphique locale. En puisant dans la richesse orale des interprètes – 4 femmes -, elle propose une chorégraphie fascinante qui prend la forme d’un concert.

The Éléphant of Bouchra Ouizguen is a collective body. Its fragmented existence is brought forth by the movements of four dancers on stage, who give their identity and voice to it. They oscillate between strength and fragility, creating something that is continuously on the verge of disappearing; they might appear as a reminder of a fragilized present, as the elephant itself, which could be mostly extinct by the end of the next decade. Born in Ouarzazate, Bouchra Ouizguen is one of the leading figures in contemporary dance and choreography in Morocco, where she has been committed to developing a local choreographic scene. After the birds of Corbeaux, one of the highlights of Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2015 and which, from there, was brought to different parts of the world, Bouchra Ouizguen comes back to Brussels with the première of her new creation. By exploring the richness of the oral skills of the interpreters, she constructs a fascinating choreography in the form of a concert, where the movements coexist with voices and drums: a monochromic song that, little by little, unfolds itself into a more colourful landscape. Ultimately, Éléphant shares with us the question of how to keep hope in the face of the disappearance of things.






Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, De Kriekelaar
Artistic direction: Bouchra Ouizguen | Dancers, singers: Milouda El Maataoui, Bouchra Ouizguen, Halima Sahmoud, Joséphine Tilloy | Light design: Sylvie Mélis | Production, Administration: Mylène Gaillon
Production: Compagnie O | With the support of Fondation d’entreprise Hermès in the frame of New Settings Program
Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Festival Montpellier Danse, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou, Wiener Festwochen, ERT Emilia Romagna Teatro, Arab Fund for Art and Culture, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Kampnagel, Service de Coopération et d’Action Culturelle de l’Ambassade de France au Maroc
Funded by Cultural Foundation – Abu Dhabi