Bouchra Ouizguen / Compagnie O
A flight of rare birds has been announced on the Place Jean-Jaurès. This show is neither theater nor dance, ith a group of women acting on the basis of deep-seated and ancestral forces.
We discovered the Moroccan choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen two years ago with Madame Plaza et Ha !. Remember these strange shows that were haunted by the charismatic presence of Aitas, popular Moroccan singing and dancing artists.
This time, the ladies will be leaving the stage to mingle with people in the city. Other women, who participated in workshops in Montreuil with Bouchra Ouizguen and her troupe, will be joining in. With quite a bit of discretion, these women of all ages will impose a raw presence, with a body and voice rhythm of their own, emerging from their guts in a haunting and unheard of vibration. The affirmation is soothing in a way and strikes us directly in an almost ancient and undomesticated way. The choreographer, who often explores people in a state of trance through the rituals of her culture, has already staged this show in atypical venues in Marrakech, Brussels and Beirut.
This is a play devoid of artifice, both mysterious and upsetting.
Produced by the Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil for the Company’s tour in Greater Paris, the show will also be presented in the public area of the Centre National de la Danse in Pantin, at the Paul Éluard Theater in Choisy-le-Roi, at the T2G (Théâtre de Gennevilliers), at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Louvre in Paris (Cour Carrée).