21-23 FEB 2017
Five women from Morocco fill the stage with their feminine presence, freedom and vivacity. They are Aitas, women who dance and sing traditional songs in Morocco. Skilled in the art of captivating audiences in even the most adverse conditions, they dance with a moving freedom in a work about life and the women who love it.
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Five women from Morocco fill the stage with their feminine presence, their voices and bewitching movements, their stories, freedom and vivacity. In this work, Bouchra Ouizguen’s contemporary creativity is crossed with the rare talents of a group of female performers. They belong to the Aitas tradition of women who dance and sing traditional songs at weddings and nightclubs in Morocco. Schooled in captivating the audience in even the most adverse conditions with the expressive means at their disposal, they have now brought their well-honed skills to theatre. Having joined forces with the choreographer, for nine years now the company has been leaving audiences speechless at venues around Europe while simultaneously debunking the clichés surrounding Eastern women.
Ottof is a production about liberation. Since Bouchra Ouizguen invited four wonderful women to join her who had spent their lives working away like ants (ottof means ‘ant’ in the Bedouin language), they simply haven’t stopped. On stage, their Mediterranean bodies express their motivations as they move on the cusp of realism and imagination, tranquillity and turbulence, tradition and the modern world. Transforming violence into explosive energy and shedding their veils one by one, they dance with a moving freedom to Nina Simone’s My baby just cares for me. Ouizguen has created a work about life itself and about women who love life, warts and all.
creditsArtistic Direction, Choreography: Bouchra Ouizguen
Dancers, singers: Kabboura Aït Ben Hmad, Fatéma El Hanna, Halima Sahmoud, Fatna Ibn El Khatyb, Bouchra Ouizguen
Lighting Design: Eric Wurtz
Production: Compagnie O
Co-production: Festival Montpellier Danse, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Les Spectacles Vivants – Centre Pompidou, KunstenFestivalDesArts, La Bâtie – Festival de Genève, Service de Coopération et d’Action Culturelle de l’Ambassade de France au Maroc
With the support of Institut Français of Marrakech and of Arcadi
Development: Studio Institut Français de Marrakech
Premiere: 25 June 2015, Festival Montpellier Danse
Wednesday 22 February
Workshop with Bouchra Ouizguen
After performance talk with Bouchra Ouizguen