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Fouad Nafili + Thomas Hauert

Sarab (Mirage) + (sweet) (bitter)

From 26 to 28 January 2017 at 20:00




Fouad Nafili
Sarab (Mirage)


Thomas Hauert
(sweet) (bitter)

Sarab Mirage

The show

A product of urban dance, Fouad Nafili stepped into the world of contemporary dance at a decisive meeting with Taoufiq Izeddiou, determined to extend his own boundaries. His dance might usually be full of the shapes and leaps that gave him a taste for the stage, but here he’s taking other kinds of risks, using more introspective moves. This first draft borders on the frenetic, repetitive and intense. The choreographer poses and imposes a game on his body, knowing he’ll hurt himself, knowing that to exist as the person he wants to be, as he demands, he must expose himself to others. The glimpse he gives us of himself is compelling, sensitive, and confronts ambiguity.

The artist

Born in Salé (1992), Fouad Nafili has danced wherever he could, from apprenticeships in classical schools to the streets of Salé with young hip hop dancers. In 2012, he took part in the “Intérieur­Exterieur” project run by the Bij. That’s when he discovered the work of Taoufiq Izeddiou, founder of the On Marche Festival and Anania Cie. He joined the Al Mokhtabar troupe. He presented two phases of his solo, Sarab, at the international contemporary dance festival of Marrakech – On Marche in 2014 and 2015. He recently joined PARTS (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios), directed by the choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, in Belgium.


Choreography and dance: Fouad Nafili / Under the artistic direction of: Taoufiq Izeddiou / Script: Nedjma Hadj Benchelabi / Sound design: Frédérik Heuvinck / Lighting design: Nicolas Verfaillie / Executive producer: Ad’Hoc Platform. With support from Tandem-Scène nationale-Théâtre d’Arras, the International Contemporary Dance Festival of Marrakech “On Marche”. Al Mokhtabar II receives support from the Cooperation and Cultural Activities Service of the French Embassy in Morocco (SCAC), and the Institut Français of Marrakech for studio space. With special support from the ONDA (Office National de Diffusion Artistique).

sweet bitter

The show

Thomas Hauert’s dance is made up of gestures that are extremely precise, shaped by the music, yet filled with free, light energy. The Swiss choreographer has created a number of pieces but, exceptionally, will be performing solo here. In (sweet) (bitter), he takes Monteverdi baroque madrigal Si dolce è’l tormento, based on a text by Carlo Milanuzzi, and Salvatore Sciarrino’s 12 Madrigali, and with infinite sensitivity dances this “sweet torment”: the joy we experience in pursuing an ideal, our ideals, while knowing we’ll never achieve them. Repetition, separation, acceptance, nostalgia, rebellion . . . . The entire dance is imbued with and animated by the complexity of feeling.

The artist

After a career dancing for Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, David Zambrano, and Pierre Droulers, the Swiss dancer and choreographer Thomas Hauert founded his company, ZOO, in Brussels. His first show, Cows in Space (1998), was immediately honored at the Rencontres de Seine-Saint-Denis. Recognized for his original contribution to essentially choreographic work, with ZOO, Thomas Hauert has created fifteen shows, including Jetzt (2000), Verosimile (2002), Modify (2004, Swiss dance prize 2005), Walking Oscar (2006), Accords (2008), You’ve Changed (2010), From B to B (with Àngels Margarit, 2011), Like me more like me (with Scott Heron, 2011), Danse étoffée sur musique déguisée (2012, a piece for young audiences), Mono (2013), the solo (sweet) (bitter) in 2015, and his latest inaudible group piece (2016). In 2010, director Thierry De Mey included the choreography from Accords to make the film La Valse, co-produced by Arte. Hauert also created Hà Mais (2002) with Mozambican dancers, and several pieces for P.A.R.T.S in Brussels. He created the new works Il Giornale della necropoli for the Zurich Ballet in 2010, Pond Skaters for the Toronto Dance Theatre in 2013, Notturnino in 2014, and La mesure du désordre in 2015. Since 2013, Thomas Hauert has been the academic director of the bachelor’s degree in contemporary dance at La Manufacture in Lausanne. ZOO is in residence at Charleroi Danses.


Conception, choreography, and dance: Thomas Hauert / Lighting: Bert Van Dijck / Costumes: Chevalier-Masson / Music: Claudio Monteverdi, Si dolce è’l tormento, Salvatore Sciarrino, 12 Madrigali / Production: ZOO / Thomas Hauert / Coproduction: Charleroi Danses. With support form the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles – Dance Department / Pro Helvetia – Swiss foundation for the arts / Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie / Ein Kulturengagement des Lotterie-Fonds des Kantons Solothurn / Wallonie-Bruxelles International. With special support from the ONDA (Office National de Diffusion Artistique).


Around the show

Vendredi 27 janvier
Rencontre-discussion avec Thomas Hauert et Fouad Nafili à l’issue de la représentation.

Samedi 28 janvier de 10h30 à 12h
1h30 d’atelier avec Thomas Hauert, suivie d’un brunch en compagnie de l’artiste.
Tarif : 16 € par personne (workshop + brunch)
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Dates & horaires

Thu 26 January 2017 / 20:00

Fri 27 January 2017 / 20:00

Sat 28 January 2017 / 20:00

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