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A stage performance by Bouchra Ouizguen (New Settings #6)

Bouchra Ouizguen’s Corbeaux (‘Ravens’) is a living sculpture. Thirty women dancers form a single entity of movement and sound. Presented with the Festival d’Automne at venues across Paris and the Paris region, Corbeaux is an intimate, up-close performance offering an experience of rare intensity.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Corbeaux
© Hasnae el Ouarga

In this performance originally devised for the opening of the Marrakech Biennale in 2014, choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen continues her exploration of society, the visual arts and folk traditions in her home country of Morocco. At the crossroads of multiple influences, Corbeaux is inspired by the ritual trance dances of the Marrakech region, and by the community figure of the uncensored ‘fool’ in Persian literature of the 8th to the 11th centuries CE.

Thirty dark silhouettes wearing white headscarves occupy the open space, producing sounds and marking out rhythms with staccato jerks of the head. The result is a kind of collective litany, extremely taxing for its performers, and fascinating for the audience caught up in its raw energy. We leave this profoundly affecting performance convinced that something has occurred, here and now, hic et nunc.   

For the current season of performances (free of charge), Bouchra Ouizguen invites twenty Moroccan women living in the Paris region to join ten women of different generations from Morocco’s Aïta tradition – cabaret singers whose status is ambivalent in their home country. The performance is engendered through workshops and discussions, transcending the group’s differences in a celebration of collective force. Corbeaux’s French premiere is part of  New Settings #6 from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, which supports its production and staging across the Île-de-France region (at the Centre national de la danse in Pantin, the Centre Pompidou, the Théâtre Paul Éluard in Choisy-le-Roi, the Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil, T2G - Théâtre de Gennevilliers, and the Louvre), with the Festival d’Automne, Paris.

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Dans le cadre du Festival d’Automne à Paris
Centre national de la danse, Pantin • samedi 24 et dimanche 25 septembre 2016, 14 h et 17 h
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris • samedi 1er octobre 2016, 21 h et 23 h
Théâtre Paul Éluard, Choisy-le-Roi • jeudi 6 octobre 2016, 19 h
Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil • samedi 8 octobre 2016, 14 h et 19 h
T2G - Théâtre de Gennevilliers • samedi 15 octobre, 20 h 30, et dimanche 16 octobre 2016, 15 h
Musée du Louvre (Cour carrée – avec la FIAC), Paris • lundi 17 octobre 2016, 19 h


Concept, artistic direction Bouchra Ouizguen
Performers Kabboura Aït Hmad, Fatéma El Hanna, Halima Sahmoud, Fatna Ibn El Khatyb, Khadija Amrhar, Zahra Bensalem, Malika Soukri, Noura Oujoute, Hasnae El Ouarga, Miryam Faquir, and 30 women from Paris and the Paris region
Production: Compagnie O • Joint production for the Ile-de-France tour: Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil, Centre dramatique national • With the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of New Settings #6 • Co-production: Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil, centre dramatique national; Festival d’Automne, Paris • With the support of ARCADI Île-de-France, the Institut Français du Maroc and the ONDA. Performance premiered on February 27, 2014 at the Marrakech Biennale.