En Alerte

    07/05  | 20:30
    08/05  | 20:30
    09/05  | 20:30
    10/05  | 20:30

€ 16 / € 13
50 min

Meet the artists after the performance on 8/05
After-concert at Le Space on 10/05 at 22:30

Taoufiq Izeddiou is a dancer, choreographer, festival director, and one of the protagonists of contemporary dance in Morocco. For over 15 years, he has built-up a body of work at the intersection of tradition and modernity and of North and South. This latest creation is rooted in his personal recollections of a Sufi ceremony he attended as a child. It was his first contact with spirituality, and also with dance. What traces has the experience left on his body and on his life as an artist? En Alerte is a choreography about Taoufiq Izeddiou’s coming of age. In spirituality, Izeddiou finds an unearthly appeal, an ancient wisdom and a motive for blind violence. He converts that duality into sound and motion, and flings his sturdy body and clear voice into the fight, performing the scene along with two musicians. With his whole being he surrenders, resists, flies into action – in a ‘state of terror and vigilance’. En Alerte: the body at the highest level of threat.

Choreography & dance
Taoufiq Izeddiou

M’Aalem Stitou & Mathieu Gaborit aka Ayato

Sound design
Éric Desjeux

Marc Lhommel

Noureddine Amir

Joachim Rümke

Thanks to
the Délégation Wallonie-Bruxelles in Rabat

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Charleroi Danses

Anania Danses/Taoufiq Izeddiou

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Charleroi Danses, Festival de Marseille, steirischer herbst (Graz), Arab Fund for Arts and Culture AFAC

Supported by
Klap/Maison pour la danse (Marseille), Alkantara (Lisbon), Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort, Bois de l’Aune/Pôle artistique et culturel de la Communauté du Pays d’Aix, Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans, Tanzquartier Wien, Institut français (Paris), Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival (Groningen)

This project is co-produced by
NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

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Subject matter

“Talk about dance, something that is poorly understood, sometimes not much liked at all or too much so… An intimate space, red, hot, small. And a vast stage and a solitary being faced with his quest and his detached thoughts. This first dance when she comes up to me, moves away from me, from the me that I am today. To this first dance that makes me talk about my childhood. That applauds me, caresses me and says to me: It’s not you! And yet, you make me fall, abruptly. You make me turn. I look for secret corners in spite of myself. You enlighten me. You criticise me. You insult me. And demand of me that I look for the light in me. I’ve examined myself so many times, I’ve changed my breath, my gait, my rhythm. What more do you want? I’ve looked far away while you are in me. Your demand for a first dance is lethal, almost macabre. I kill you and turn my back on you. I destroy you to be free faced with my memory. And at your death, loud sounds, strident sounds, the kind you get from an electric guitar, will flood the stage.”
Taoufiq Izeddiou, January 2014, Marrakech

Dance, music and contemporary poetry provide the material for the new work En alerte. The choreographic language uses poetry and language to assert and free itself. This time Taoufiq Izeddiou draws inspiration from contemporary Arabic poetry, in particular that of Mahmoud Darwish. The question of language, to which Darwish refers, is fundamentally important to all modern Arab poets. It gave rise to the long narrative poem Madih al-Zill al-‘Ali (In praise of the high shadow), which features a profound reflection on existential questions. En alerte allows itself to be carried by the universe of this original poem that was written during the siege of Beirut and was read out by the poet in Algiers in 1983. It is a poem that resonates at the heart of our world today.

“How large the revolution.
How narrow the journey.
How grand the idea
How small the state!”
Mahmoud Darwish, 1983
Documentary poem, taken from Nous choisirons Sophocles et autres poèmes, translated from Arab to French by Elias Sanbar, Actes Sud, 2011[translation]

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Taoufiq Izeddiou (b. 1975) is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and artistic director of Anania and the contemporary dance festival On Marche. Born in Marrakech, Taoufiq Izeddiou studied architecture and tried his hand at boxing and drama before turning to dance. It was in his home city that Taoufiq Izeddiou discovered his passion for dance after taking classical and jazz classes in the French Institute in Marrakech in the early 1990s. He discoverd contemporary dance in 1997, through encounters with great choreographers the likes of Mathilde Monnier, Georges Appaix and Bernardo Montet. From this training, his encounter with Bernardo Montet was to be crucial because it opened up the professional scene to him in 1999. In the years that followed, they shared their questions about origin and identity. Alongside his career as a professional dancer, notably at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Tours, Taoufiq Izeddiou created his first choreography in 2000. In 2003, following the success of the group piece Fina Kenti, he came up with the idea of creating the company Anania, the first contemporary dance company in Morocco. Keen to pass on knowledge and to train, he established the first contemporary dance course, Al Mokhtabar I, (Le Laboratoire) between 2003 and 2005, producing several dancers now in Anania, and Al Mokhtabar II, from 2012 to 2015. In 2007, he obtained a state diploma in contemporary dance in France. Since then, with one foot in Morocco and the other in the world, he has been creating work that explores the tensions between tradition. After Coeur sans corps, Clandestins CSC, Déserts désirs, Aataba and Aaléef, in 2013 he created Rev’Illusion, his tenth creation that is currently on tour. Taoufiq Izeddiou’s choreographies have been performed in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, South America and North America in the most prestigious events and venues such as Danse Africa Danses, Montpellier Danse, Charleroi Danses, Rencontres Chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-St-Denis, CND de Paris,Tanzquartier in Vienna and TransAmériques in Canada.

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