Éléphant14 - 17 Sep 2022
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After Madame Plaza, Ottof, Corbeaux and Jerada, Bouchra Ouizguen, a major figure in contemporary dance, returns to the Centre Pompidou with a new creation. Accompanied by four singers and musicians from popular Moroccan tradition, all long-time partners, the artist sets out to find new (im)balances.
Faced with the stupor of the present time, Bouchra Ouizguen’s Éléphant pursues the artist’s examination and questioning of the strength and presence of the body, in its ritual daily presence, its thriving and its hurt. Fascinating movements engage a perpetual dialogue with voice and percussion. The songs seem to emanate from an ancient choir, where cries, wheezes and tears mingle and summon their procession of buried memories.
Sometimes with sobriety and restraint, sometimes with outbursts and fury… the difference is magnified and received as a gift, of which the precious and subversive character Bouchra Ouizguen aims to reveal at both individual and collective levels. The Company’s artists undertake to transmit this power: the place where collectiveness and exchanges give meaning to the interiority of people.
Artistic direction: Bouchra Ouizguen
Dancers and singers: Milouda El Maataoui, Bouchra Ouizguen, Halima Sahmoud, Joséphine Tilloy
Set lighting: Sylvie Mélis
Lighting management:Chloé Barbe
Administration, production: Mylène Gaillon
Production: Compagnie O
With the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of its New Settings programme
Co-production: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Montpellier Dance Festival, Paris Autumn Festival, Live Performance department - Centre Pompidou (Paris), Wiener Festwochen, Austria, Cultural Foundation - Abu Dhabi, AFAC (Arab Fund for Art and Culture), Hebbel am Ufer (HAU, Berlin), ERT Emilia Romagna Teatro (Italy), Kampnagel, Cultural Action and Cooperation Department of the French embassy in Morocco.
Premiere on 18 May 2022, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Belgium
Bouchra Ouizguen lives and works in Marrakech where she has been committed to the development of the local choreographic scene since 1998. A self-taught dancer from the age of 16, she created her first experimental works, such as Ana Ounta and Mort et moi, by drawing on her interest in cinema, literature and music. She co-founded the association Anania in 2002, before founding Compagnie O in 2010. Her shows are presented internationally in major venues such as Tate Modern, the South Korean National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, the Brooklyn Museum and the Power Station of Art in Shanghai.
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