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Recording: 2024-06-28 , HAU2 Hebbel am Ufer (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Bouchra Ouizguen


Patterns for Life | HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)

Production Details / Press Releases

Bouchra Ouizguen has been inspiring HAU audiences since 2013. In her current work “Éléphant” the choreographer and her Compagnie O experiment with a shared wealth of experience, traditional singing techniques and the music repertoire of the Marrakesh region. A fragmented collective body emerges that is traversed by the movements of the performers, singers and musicians who lend their voices and identities. This body that oscillates between strength and fragility, evokes the ephemeral nature of the present. Swinging between splendour and simplicity, differences and commonality are magnified, revealing the precious and subversive character in the individual and in the collective. In this choreography of voices Ouizguen, who is one of the main figures of contemporary dance in Morocco, looks into the ancient roots of her home country and develops a dance that fills the present with new life and hope.

Bouchra Ouizguen is a dancer and choreographer. Born in Ouarzazate, Morocco in 1980, she now lives in Marrakesh. She is co-founder, along with Taoufiq Izzediou, of Morocco’s first contemporary dance company ANANIA, she has collaborated with Mathilde Monnier, Bernardo Montet, Boris Charmatz, Julie Nioche and Abdellah Taïa, and she founded the Compagnie O in 2010.

Her work draws on questions around society, art and pop culture, and in addition her work frequently deals with the social meaning of femininity. In her work “Ha!” at HAU Hebbel am Ufer in 2015 she stood on stage with three traditional Aïtas – nightclub singers who are seen as prostitutes in Morocco and as such are equally glorified and spurned. Her work “Corbeaux”, which she developed as a performance in public space together with Compagnie O, premiered in 2018 at part of the project “Claiming Common Spaces” by the Alliance of International Production Houses, which was seen at HAU and at various outdoor spaces in Berlin.


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Cast & Credits

Artistic direction: Bouchra Ouizguen, Bouchra Ouizguen
Performance: Milouda El Maataoui, Bouchra Ouizguen, Halima Sahmoud, Joséphine Tilloy
Light scenography: Sylvie Mélis
Light management: Gaspard Juan
Sound management: Chloé Barbe
Production administration: Mylène Gaillon

Production: Compagnie O.
Funded by: Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of the ‘New Settings’ programme
Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Festival Montpellier Danse, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou, Wiener Festwochen, AFAC (Arab Fund for Art and Culture), ERT Emilia Romagna Teatro (Italy), Kampnagel, Service de Coopération et d’Action Culturelle de l’Ambassade de France au Maroc
Supported by: Cultural Foundation – Abu Dhabi

“Patterns for Life” is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
Funded by: Hauptstadtkulturfonds

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)

Hallesches Ufer 32
10963 Berlin

Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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