Taoufiq Izeddiou / Anania Danses Marrakech

En Alerte

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.

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.

NXTSTP partners: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), steirischer herbst (Graz), Alkantara Festival (Lisbon), Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival (Groningen), Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival (Göteborg)