Bouchra Ouizguen Marrakesh
Bouchra Ouizguen is a Moroccan dancer and choreographer. Born in 1980 in Ouarzazate, she now lives and works in Marrakech where since 1998 she has been involved in developing a local dance scene. Self-taught from the age of 16, her early experimental pieces, such as Ana Ounta and Mort et moi, were inspired by her interest in film, literature and music. She co-founded the Anania association in 2002 before setting up her own company, Compagnie O, in 2010, working with the likes of Mathilde Monnier and Boris Charmatz. In 2010, she was awarded France’s most promising choreographer award by the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD) and another given by the Syndicat de la Critique Théâtre Musique Danse for the liberating Madame Plaza in which she shared the stage with three performers belonging to the “Aïta” tradition. In June 2012, she created Ha! at the Festival Montpellier Danse, going on to present it in 2013 at the Centre Georges Pompidou. In February 2014, she created Corbeaux, a piece-sculpture for 17 dancers at the Marrakech Biennale. This performance provided inspiration for two videos – Corbeaux and Fatna – presented in an installation at MUCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations) in 2017. In 2015, she reunited four artists who had already performed in her earlier pieces to create Ottof at the Festival Montpellier Danse in June 2015. In 2017, she created Jerada for the dancers of Carte Blanche, Norway’s national contemporary dance company, which won the Norwegian Critics Award for best dance show in 2018. In 2019, as part of the international contemporary art biennale in Rabat, she presented the choreographic and musical piece Éléphant ou le temps suspendu at the Museum of Oudayas. Her shows are performed internationally and in institutions such as Tate Modern, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, Brooklyn Museum and Shanghai’s Power Station of Art.