Bouchra Ouizguen Éléphant ou le temps suspendu


Following on from OTTOF (2015), Corbeaux (2016) and Jerada (2018), the Moroccan choreographer Bouchra Ouizgen returns to the Festival with Éléphant ou le temps suspendu. Accompanied by her faithful team, she continues to make connections between popular Moroccan art and contemporary influences.

In Éléphant ou le temps suspendu, Bouchra Ouizgen brings together five performers, singers and musicians from popular south-Moroccan tradition, a faithful team with whom she has collaborated over the past several shows. Dance has always been an integral part of their lives, family and history. In the company of the Norwegian dancer Harald Beharie, they invent a choreographic language in which the singularity of each trajectory meets a common horizon. The voices, chants and music performed live onstage constitute the score of this Ancient chorus-like group. Through their gestures, they invoke the beauty of what disappears, or is erased: how can loss be synonymous with joy? Can disappearance suspend time and free us of it? The choreographer Bouchra Ouizgen seizes upon these questions thanks to the emotion of the movement and sound. Without fixing meaning of any kind, she turns the stage into a place where different practices, temporalities and stories encounter one another. From out of this encounter is born a choreographic and sound-based show in which a collective suspension of time becomes possible.