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Nacera Belaza's "La Nuit", "La Traversée" and "Sur le fil" on tour

French-Algerian choreographer and performer Nacera Belaza is touring the United States from September 14 to October 6, with three pieces of her repertory  in three major contemporary arts centers: PICA, part of Time Based Art Festival in Portland, CAC New Orleans, part of New Orleans 300 anniversary, and Danspace Project, part of FIAF-Crossing the Line festival, New York. Also part of this festival, on Oct 7 at 4:30pm Nacera Belaza will participate in Bridging Symposium, a conversation between choreographers and cultural theorists focusing on youth, community, and diaspora.

The tryptich includes La Nuit, a solo danced by Nacera herself that delves into both the intimately personal and the infinitely universal; La Traversée, in which the progression and memory of gestures and movements are passed along through ritual and inheritance;  and the trio Sur le Fil, which encompasses all humanity, from a teenager’s bedroom to death row. In the framework of Crossing the lines' festival, Sur le Fil will be staged three times—twice in stand-alone performances, and once alongside La Nuit and La Traversée. In the other venues, the three works will follow one another.

Initially a self-thought dancer, Nacera Belaza studied modern literature at Reims, and created her own company in 1989. Her work Le Cri made her recognized by the French critics. Her company is now presenting shows around the world and in major international festivals and venues in France and abroad. By her work, Nacera Belaza develops an inner quest, a deep awareness of the body, of space and of the emptiness inside herself. She creates a direct bond between the dancer and the spectator, opening the infinitity of the stage. Each element of her works -- light, space, time, the body -- respond to each other on stage and develop their own designs.

Nacera Belaza's amazing story was told by Frédérique Villemur in a biography entitled Entre Deux Rives, published in April 2018 by Actes Sud.

Nacera Belaza’s tour received the support of FUSED (French U.S. Exchange in Dance), a program of FACE Foundation in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and additional support from Institut français Paris for transportation.