€ 18 / € 15
Le Cercle invites us to a space between the detached rigour of Sufism, the circularity of break-dance battles, and the almost mathematical precision of a certain modernism. The movements of the five dancers are transported by a force that is fluid, yet structured, as if borne from below by a deep and continuous breath. Bearing both the legacy of traditional forms and the abstraction of contemporary dance, the practice of Nacera Belaza – who was born in Algeria and moved to France at the age of five – defies any attempt at classification and description. In Le Cercle she reinterprets the motif of a past choreography like a musician develops the theme of a symphony, by exposing buried variants. The choreography fills us with a sense of freedom, allowing the dancers to erase the individuality behind this movement in continuous variation. They stand like silhouettes at the edge of a circle of light, raising a political question about what it means to be visible or conquer the light.
After each night performance, we offer a harira (Moroccan soup) as an iftar, the traditional way of ending the daily Ramadan fast. The iftar is offered for free to everyone.
Before the performance on 14 May at 11am, a breakfast is offered from 9.30am.
Choreography: Nacera Belaza
Sound and light design: Nacera Belaza
Performance: Aurélie Berland, Meriem Bouajaja, Mohammed Ech Charquaouy, Mohamed Ali Djermane, Magdalena Hylak Régie
Sound & light: Pablo Simonet
Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Gemeenschapscentrum De Kriekelaar
Production: Compagnie Nacera Belaza
Coproduction: Festival de Marseille; MC93 Bobigny - Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis; manège, scène nationale-reims; deSingel; CCN2-Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble; Corp_Real Galway Dance Days & Irish Modern Dance Theatre funded by the Arts Council of Ireland (2017); Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre; La Place de la Danse – CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie; Collectif 12 (Mantes-La-Jolie)
Support: Arcadi Île de-France; Beaumarchais - SACD
Born in Algeria, Nacera Belaza has lived in France since the age of five. After studying French language and literature at the University of Reims, she established her own company in 1989. Appointed a Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres, she is completely self-taught, developing a choreography that draws its source from an inner progression, sensitive listening by the body, the space and the emptiness in oneself. Her career, like a quest, tends to value the direct link between the dancer and the spectator, open to the infinity of the stage. The elements of her pieces – lighting, space, time, bodies – respond to one another on stage by developing a set design of their own. Repetition of the gesture, infinite slowness, stretching of time: Nacera Belaza’s pieces explore movement as you would explore a serene, deep and continuous breath that rubs up against the “deafening racket of our existences” as Nacera Belaza puts it. The Nacera Belaza Company performs internationally, with regular appearances in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. In France, she has been invited by prestigious organisations and festivals such as the Festival Montpellier Danse (2003, 2006, 2012, 2014, 2016), the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (2008, 2010), the Festival d’Avignon (2009, 2012), the Biennale de la danse de Lyon (2010, 2014) and the Festival de Marseille (2017, 2018). Her work, which has been acknowledged by the Syndicat de la Critique in 2008 and in 2017 (choreography prize), has resulted in her company having an international profile. Belaza’s desire to share and transmit is crystallised in the relationship with audiences and their territories. She develops artistic actions and creations in multiple forms, from masterclasses to performances in situ. Her career has continually involved travel between Algeria and France. In parallel with her activities with her company based in France, she has set up an artistic cooperative in Algeria and offers training and outreach activities in contemporary art and the danced gesture.