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Nacera Belaza & Meryem Jazouli: A Shared Evening

Danspace Project presents Nacera Belaza and Meryem Jazouli: A Shared Evening

Monday, March 9, 7pm & Tuesday, March 10, 7pm

as part of The Platform 2020: Utterances from the Chorus, curated by Judy Hussie-Taylor and Okwui Okpokwasili.

Casablanca-based choreographer and performer, Meryem Jazouli, creates work that is directly influenced by its Moroccan context, in particular South Moroccan Guedra dance and song. Algerian-born/France-based choreographer and performer, Nacera Belaza, has developed a choreography that originates from a sensible awareness of the body, of space, and of the emptiness inside herself. These longtime friends share similar concerns in their considerations of the power of dance in North African culture.

Folkah!, performed on this evening, emerged from Jazouli’s research into an ancestral folk dance from the Sahara: the Guedra, a dance practiced by women from southern Morocco, among other desert regions of North Africa, which is essentially performed on the knees. Jazouli has developed a corporal and vocal language to revisit the context, words, and gestures of the Guedra, to invent a new frame of dialogue between body and voice.

In recent years Nacera Belaza has been developing processions as a new way to relate with the public. In La Procession, a group of spectators become a single body. The performers circulate with the audience inside a sensory path that invites us to question the essence of a place: the interior and exterior space, private and public, darkness and light. Each Procession is an occasion to create a unique piece with a new audience.


Nacera Belaza and Meryem Jazouli’s residence and performances are supported by FUSED (French U.S. Exchange in Dance), a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the support of the Florence Gould Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture, and private donors.

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