Park Nights 2017 / Shubbak Festival Bouchra Ouizguen: Corbeaux (Friday 14 July, Serpentine Pavilion) Photo: © 2017 Hugo Glendinning; Corbeaux by Bouchra Ouizguen @ Hasnae El Ouarga; Bouchra Ouizguen © J.-F. Robert/Modds

Corbeaux by Bouchra Ouizguen

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Bouchra Ouizguen

We are excited to support the UK premiere of the performance Corbeaux by Bouchra Ouizguen, part of  Shubbak 2017, London’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture.

With Corbeaux (‘crows’), Bouchra Ouizgen offers the audience an intense performance: women dressed all in black with white cloths around their hair take possession of the public space in silence. They halt forming geometric alchemical arrangements and utter piercing cries abruptly jerking their heads backward with ritualized, repetitive intent.

Drawing on Persian literature from 9th – 11th Century, Bouchra Ouizgen envisages the figure of the madman or woman and their unleashed outpourings and wisdom. Memories of long nights of trance in Marrakech are also summoned up. All notions of time and space disappear.

“I wanted to take over the streets and fill them with a horde of crows. Like an immediate act, a sound sculpture, raw and urgent, resounding infinitely.” Bouchra Ouizgen

Corbeaux was commissioned by Marrakech Biennale 2014  and has since toured internationally including the Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Home Works (Beirut) and The Louvre (Paris).

Two performances are held on 14 July in the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion designed by award-winning architect Diébédo Francis Kéré as part of the prestigious ‘Park Nights’ series. Two more performances are taking place on 15 July at the Tate Modern in the Blavatnik Building.

This event is presented in partnership with Serpentine Galleries and Tate Modern. Supported by: Bagri Foundation, British Council, Fluxus Art Projects, Embassy of The Kingdom of Morocco UK and Amal – A Said Foundation Project.

Bouchra Ouizguen

Bouchra Ouizguen is an award-winning Moroccan dancer and choreographer. She co-founded ANANIA, a contemporary dance company in Marrakech in 2002 with Taoufiq Izeddiou and created her own company, Company O in 2010. Her interests in society, visual arts and traditional Moroccan arts inform her practice and Bouchra has presented her work around the world, for instance at the prestigious Festival Montpellier Danse, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FIAF Crossing the Line Festival, New York, and since 2007, Ouizguen has been a co-organizer of the annual festival Recontres Chorégraphiques in Marrakech.

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