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Bouchra Ouizguen

Bouchra Ouizguen is a Moroccan dancer and choreographer born in 1980 in Ouarzazate. She currently lives and works in Marrakech where she has been committed to developing the local dance scene since 1998. As a self-taught woman and an oriental dancer since she was 16, she created her first experimental pieces such as Ana Ounta or Mort et moi which were inspired by her interests in cinema, literature, music…

She co-founded the Anania association in 2002 with Taoufiq Izeddiou and worked namely with Mathilde Monnier, Bernardo Montet, Boris Charmatz, Alain Buffard before she founded her own company, Company O. Her concerns about society, visual arts and popular arts in her country nourish her work. Multiple forms emerge from her work on sound, performance and video. In 2010 she received the New Choreographic Talent award from France’s Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD) and the Jury’s special award from the professional trade union of theatre, music and dance critics for her liberating Madame Plaza, where she shared the stage with three artists from the Aïta cabaret tradition of singing and dancing.

In 2012, she created HA ! for the Festival Montpellier Danse and performed it at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. This piece inspired the performance Corbeaux presented for the first time at the Marrakech Biennal in 2014.