Compagnie Nacera Belaza at Crossing The Line Festival
Compagnie Nacera Belaza
Thursday, October 4, 8pm: Sur Le Fil (runtime: 45 minutes)
Friday, October 5, 8pm: Sur Le Fil (runtime: 45 minutes)
Saturday, October 6, 8pm: Sur Le Fil, La Nuit, La Traversée (runtime: 80 minutes)
Co-presented by Danspace Project and French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) as part of the Crossing The Line Festival. All performances take place at Danspace Project.
Nacera Belaza is an Algerian-born Parisian whose work explores minimalism and Algerian cultural practice through sensorial and kinesthetic strategies. After her studies in modern literature at the Université de Reims, she created her own dance company in 1989. In January 2015 she was appointed Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. Her choreography originates from an interior awareness of the body, of space, and of the emptiness inside herself. Belaza's feminist, minimalist aesthetic exploits formalism to reveal layers of embodiment and body politics.
On Saturday, October 6, Belaza presents three significant recent works: Sur Le Fil (2016), La Traversée (2014), and a solo, La Nuit (2012). These three pieces will be presented back-to-back offering a unique immersion into the artistic world of the choreographer and illuminating her artistic process.
Sur le Fil explores the paradoxical space between submission and abandon. In this piece Belaza applies a rigorous set of rules to the body and mind of three dancers, who achieve an ecstatic-like state on stage.
Presented as part of BRIDGING, an initiative co-developed and supported by The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations.This evening is supported by FUSED (French U.S. Exchange in Dance), a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the support from the Florence Gould Foundation, Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture and private donors. Additional support for women artists has been provided by Fondation CHANEL.
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