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Bouchra Ouizguen

Bouchra Ouizguen is a Moroccan dancer and choreographer. She lives and works in Marrakech where she has been involved since 1998 in developing a local dance scene. Working with a team assembled during her travels throughout Morocco, she explores issues relating to Moroccan society, visual arts and traditional art forms

Bouchra Ouizguen was born in Ouarzazate in 1980. She is self-taught and became a traditional Moroccan dancer at the age of 16. Her early experimental pieces, such as Ana Ounta and Mort et moi, were fuelled by her interest in film, literature and music. She co-founded the Anania association in 2002 with Taoufiq Izeddiou, and worked with Mathilde Monnier, Bernardo Montet, Boris Charmatz and Alain Buffard before setting up her own company, Compagnie O.

In 2010 Bouchra Ouizguen was awarded the Prix de la Révélation Chorégraphique [most promising choreographer award] by the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD) and another award given by the Syndicat de la Critique Théâtre Musique Danse for the liberating performance Madame Plaza, where she shared the stage with three performers belonging to the “Aïta” tradition. In 2011 she first performed the solo piece Voyage Cola created with Alain Buffard as part of “Sujets à Vif” at the Avignon Festival. In 2012 she presented HA! at the Montpellier Danse Festival; she performed the same piece at  the Centre Georges Pompidou. This inspired her performance entitled Corbeaux presented for the first time at the Art In Marrakech Biennale in 2014. In 2015, she presented Ottof at the Montpellier Danse Festival, then at the Festival d’Automne. In 2017 she presented Jerada, a performance featuring members of Carte Blanche, the Norwegian national contemporary dance company.