Supported by the Hermès Foundation within the framework of the New Settings Program.
“I wanted to take over the streets and fill them with a horde of crows. Like an immediate act, a sound sculpture, raw and urgent, resounding infinitely.”
US PREMIERE: In her work Corbeaux (‘crows’ or ‘ravens’ in French), Bouchra Ouizguen offers us an experience of immense intensity. Following on from Ottof, presented at last year’s Festival d’Automne, this piece expresses the Moroccan choreographer’s wish to make use of non-theatre spaces, with this performance work akin to a living sculpture, in its raw state. A horde of women dressed in black moves around in silence before their shrieks and jerking make all notions of time and space disappear. The ensuing experience is both intimate and universal, and stirs up raw emotions in the spectator, linked to origins and origin. Its impact lingers on within us, leaving us feeling dazed and weary, as if we have just been on a very long journey.
Drawing on Persian literature from the IXth and XIIth centuries, Bouchra Ouizgen’s interest lies in this era in which the figure of the madman or woman and their unshackled, wise outpourings had their place in the community. Memories of long nights of trance are summoned up via these moving figures, imbibed, since childhood with the “Isawa” and “Hmadcha” rituals of the Marrakech regions.
Performed for the first time on the forecourt of Marrakech train station during the 2014 Biennale of Contemporary Art, this work which was originally designed to be a one-off performance for the event, has gone on to be presented in several countries (Belgium, Germany, Lebanon…). Each venue is as atypical as the last, and the pubic is never far away.
Bouchra Ouizguen is a Moroccan dancer and choreographer born in 1980 in Ouarzazate. She currently lives and works in Marrakech where she has been committed to developing the local dance scene since 1998.
As a self-taught woman and an oriental dancer since she was 16, she created her first experimental pieces such as Ana Ounta or Mort et moi which were inspired by her interests in cinema, literature, music…
She co-founded the Anania association in 2002 and worked namely with Mathilde Monnier, Bernardo Montet, Boris Charmatz, Alain Buffard before she founded her own company, O.
Her concerns about society, visual arts and popular arts in her country nourish her work. Multiple forms emerge from her work on sound, performance and video.
In 2010 she received the New Choreographic Talent award from France’s Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD) and the Jury’s special award from the professional trade union of theatre, music and dance critics for her liberating Madame Plaza, where she shared the stage with three artists from the Aïta cabaret tradition of singing and dancing.
In 2011 she co-created the solo performance Voyage Cola with choreographer Alain Buffard for the Avignon Festival’s Sujets à Vif.
In 2012, she created HA ! for the Festival Montpellier Danse and performed it at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
This piece inspired the performance Corbeaux presented for the first time at the Marrakech Biennal in 2014.
In 2015, she presented Ottof at the Festival Montpellier Danse and the Festival d’Automne.
In 2017, she created Jerada for the dancers of the Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance / “Carte Blanche”.
Production : Company O / Support : French Institute in Morocco
Show created in February 2014 for the Marrakech Biennale.
With the support of the French Institute in Paris
Thanks to the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States
Supported by FUSED: French-US Exchange in Dance, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE Foundation, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.