Fri 14 & Sat 15 July 2017
Fri 14 July 2017, 8 & 9.30pm
Free event – booking is essential
Part of Park Nights, the Serpentine Pavilion’s annual series of summer events
Sat 15 July 2017, 2 & 5pm
Free event, no booking required
“I wanted to take over the streets and fill them with a horde of crows. Like an immediate act, a sound sculpture, raw and urgent, resounding infinitely.”
A group of women emerge, silently they arrive, then come to a halt. Forming geometric alchemical arrangements they move again and again now accompanied by their piercing sounds and extraordinary cries in a stirring performance of movement and sound. Drawing from Persian literature from 9th – 11th Century and memories of long trance nights in Marrakech, Bouchra Ouizguen has created an intense performance that interrupts and takes possession of public spaces.
Corbeaux is performed by ten women from Morocco and up to ten local performers, brought together by Serpentine Galleries to work with Bouchra Ouizguen for the London performances.
Corbeaux was commissioned by Marrakech Biennale 2014 for the city’s railway station, and has since toured internationally including the Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Home Works (Beirut) and The Louvre in Paris.
Presented in partnership with Serpentine Galleries and Tate Modern. Supported by: Bagri Foundation, British Council, Fluxus Art Projects, Embassy of The Kingdom of Morocco UK and Amal – A Said Foundation Project.
Bouchra Ouizguen is a Moroccan dancer and choreographer born in 1980 in Ouarzazate. She currently lives and works in Marrakech where she has been committed to developing the local dance scene since 1998.
As a self-taught woman and an oriental dancer since she was 16, she created her rst experimental pieces such as Ana Ounta or Mort et moi which were inspired by her interests in cinema, literature, music…
She co-founded the Anania association in 2002 with Taou q Ized- diou and worked namely with Mathilde Monnier, Bernardo Montet, Boris Charmatz, Alain Bu ard before she founded her own company, Company O.
Her concerns about society, visual arts and popular arts in her country nourish her work. Multiple forms emerge from her work on sound, performance and video.
In 2010 she received the New Choreographic Talent award from France’s Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD) and the Jury’s special award from the professional trade union of theatre, music and dance critics for her liberating Madame Plaza, where she shared the stage with three artists from the Aïta cabaret tradition of singing and dancing.
In 2011 she co-created the solo performance Voyage Cola with choreographer Alain Bu ard for the Avignon Festival’s Sujets à Vif .
In 2012, she created HA ! for the « Festival Montpellier Danse » and performed it at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. is piece inspired the performance Corbeaux presented for the rst time at the Marrakech Biennal in 2014.
In 2015, she presented Ottof at the Festival Montpellier Danse and the Festival d’Automne.