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Datum der Aufzeichnung: 17.11.2016

Ort: TQW / Halle G







“Taoufiq Izzediou uses movement and sound to express his spiritual development in view of current world realities.” (Didier Béclard – L’Écho)




Inspired by the modern Arabic lyricist Mahmoud Darwish, accompanied by two instrumentalists Taoufiq Izeddiou explores the depths of spirituality. Constantly alarmed – “en alerte” – in the process he questions the (im-)possibilities of belief, using dance, music and contemporary poetry, and thus differentiates his cultural heritage. On an inner journey he comes up against the uncannily attractive force of religion and its conflict potential. In his dance solo Izeddiou transforms and transcends this dualism through the materialisation of sound and movement in space. Here he repeatedly addresses the tension between language and body, dance and rituals, which also influenced his early childhood and manifest themselves as Izeddiou’s first confrontation with choreographed movement – in order like Darwish to dedicate himself to existential questions of culture, humanity and society.














MUSIC: Mathieu Gaborit Aka Ayato, M’Aalem Stitou






COSTUME: Nourredine Amir


VIDEO: Joachim Rümke








Taoufiq Izeddiou 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 dance classes in the French Institute in Marrakech in the early 1990s. He discovered contemporary dance following projects and workshops with great international choreographers. 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 Chore?graphique National de Tours, Taoufiq Izeddiou created his first choreography in 2000. In 2002, 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 (2003- 2005), producing several dancers now in Anania, and Al Mokhtabar II (2012- 2014) and recently Al-Mokhtabar III (2015-2017). 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 and modernity. After Coeur sans corps, Clandestins CSC, De?serts de?sirs, Aataba and Aale?ef, in 2013 he created Rev’ Illusion, his tenth creation that is currently on tour. Taoufiq Izeddiou’s cho- reographies 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 Chore?graphiques internationales de Seine-St-Denis, CND de Paris, Tanzquartier in Vienna,TransAme?riques in Canada and recently in the Kunstenfestivaldesarts.








Maalem Stitou, whose real name is Abdellah Naitmaou, was born in 1986 in Marrakech and is of Berber origin from the Taliouine region of Morocco. He was introduced to Gnawa when he was six years old, notably by Maalem Brahim El Balkani, Hamid El kasri and his teacher Maalem El Mahjoub  Khelmous. With the latter he learned to sing, dance and play all Gnawa instruments, including the guembri and the tbal. He also studied classical music at the Dar Bellarej Foundation in Marrakech.



Mathieu Gaborit, aka aYaTo, was born in Tours, France in 1972. A highly experienced, self-taught musician, guitarist and composer, Ayato has been an active member of the HAK collective/label from the outset. He has been invited to give sound performances at several cultural events, including Les Nuits Sonores (Les Subsistances, Lyon 2013), the contemporary art biennale in Lyon with the HAK collective, WALL at the Bullukian Founda- tion (2012). He has also shared the stage with Han Bennink and Terry Ex, Alexei Borisov and Olga Nosova and Aki Onda, and has participated in a creative residency with Albert Marcoeur (Drama HAK n°81) and another on the work of Vale?rie Novarina with the European translation workshop at the The?a?tre d’Orle?ans. Since 2001, Ayato has been developing a special dialogue with images during performances at film events in Europe.


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