Women dressed all in black, white scarves wrapped around their heads. In something resembling an ancient ritual, they form a group, throw their heads backwards and forwards, and emit harsh, almost animalistic cries. Bouchra Ouizguen, a pioneer of contemporary Moroccan dance, created Corbeaux (Crows) for the Marrakech Biennale in 2014. Together with her Compagnie O’s ensemble and local performers, she has already produced several versions of it in various cities. Finally this hypnotic performance is coming to Vienna. Women of all ages in a seemingly trance-like state use dance to evoke countless associations: creation and exhaustion, beauty and danger, nomads and birds, the power of womanhood and its oppression in many societies. Above all, however, Corbeaux reminds us of such an essential thing as community. An experience that won’t leave anyone cold.
- Artistic Team
Artistic Direction Bouchra Ouizguen With Kabboura Aït Ben Hmad, Khadija Amrhar, Fatima El Hanna, Hasnae El Ouarga, Milouda El Maataoui, Mariam Faquir, Fatna Ibn El Khatyb, Julie Viala, Halima Sahmoud, Malika Soukri, Joséphine Tilloy and participants from Vienna Administration Mylène Gaillon
Production Compagnie O Co-production Services de Coopération et d’Action Culturelle - Ambassade de France à Rabat With the support of Institut français de Marrakech
Premiere February 2014, Marrakech Biennale
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. She co-founded the Anania Association for Art and Culture and worked namely with Mathilde Monnier, Bernardo Montet, Boris Charmatz, Alain Buffard before she founded her Compagnie O. 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 work Madame Plaza. She presented pieces like HA ! or Ottof worldwide, for example at Festival Montpellier Danse, Centre Pompidou, Festival d'Automne à Paris. For her latest work Jerada – a choreography for “Carte Blanche”, the Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance – she received the Price of the best dance show from Norwegian Critics’ Association’s Award.