In her work Corbeaux (‘crows’ or ‘ravens’), Moroccan choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen offers us an experience of immense intensity outside of a traditional theatre space. Out of the dark emerge figures dressed in black. Like birds they step forward, their heads wrapped in white headscarves that droop like beaks. They dance in an hypnotic rhythm, singing with tempo-less voices, resting, then restarting. They undertake physical and vocal actions ranging from repetitions to variations, swelling up until they explode in the form of a vital, earthy cry from the womb.

This public-space performance will be presented by PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival, in Portland, OR (September 9-10), by the Contemporary Art Center, in Cincinnati, OH (September 16-17), by the Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis, MN (September 23-24), and finally by the Crossing The Line Festival, in New York, NY (September 30-October 1).

Bouchra Ouizguen’s crows are women of different languages, cultures and origins.In every town to which Corbeaux migrates, these performances will incorporate 20 local dancers/performers to work alongside the 9 Moroccan dancers from Compagnie O. "Corbeaux". This collection of women is freed of the barriers of age, origin, and language, exchanging their personal histories in this shared commitment. They assemble to convey their feminine knowledge, bursting into the everyday spaces of the city and bowling the spectators over with their own cathartic rites before leaving them facing themselves once more.


This U.S. tour is supported by FUSED: French-US Exchange in Dance, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE Foundation, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Additional support provided by the Hermès Foundation within the framework of the New Settings Program.

Various locations United States

Bouchra Ouizguen | U.S. Tour of “Corbeaux”

When
September 9 - October 1, 2017
Where
Various locations
United States

In her work Corbeaux (‘crows’ or ‘ravens’), Moroccan choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen offers us an experience of immense intensity outside of a traditional theatre space. Out of the dark emerge figures dressed in black. Like birds they step forward, their heads wrapped in white headscarves that droop like beaks. They dance in an hypnotic rhythm, singing with tempo-less voices, resting, then restarting. They undertake physical and vocal actions ranging from repetitions to variations, swelling up until they explode in the form of a vital, earthy cry from the womb.

This public-space performance will be presented by PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival, in Portland, OR (September 9-10), by the Contemporary Art Center, in Cincinnati, OH (September 16-17), by the Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis, MN (September 23-24), and finally by the Crossing The Line Festival, in New York, NY (September 30-October 1).

Bouchra Ouizguen’s crows are women of different languages, cultures and origins.In every town to which Corbeaux migrates, these performances will incorporate 20 local dancers/performers to work alongside the 9 Moroccan dancers from Compagnie O. "Corbeaux". This collection of women is freed of the barriers of age, origin, and language, exchanging their personal histories in this shared commitment. They assemble to convey their feminine knowledge, bursting into the everyday spaces of the city and bowling the spectators over with their own cathartic rites before leaving them facing themselves once more.


This U.S. tour is supported by FUSED: French-US Exchange in Dance, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE Foundation, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Additional support provided by the Hermès Foundation within the framework of the New Settings Program.

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