The CAC Black Box Performing Arts Series opens the 2017-2018 season with the Midwest premiere of «Corbeaux» by celebrated Moroccan choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen.
Equal parts living sculpture and ecstatic performance catharsis, this powerful ritualistic work offers an experience both intimate and universal outside of a traditional theatre space.
In «Corbeaux», 10 women from Ouizguen's Compagnie O perform alongside 20 local women. They emerge as figures dressed in black, dancing in a hypnotic rhythm, singing with tempo-less voices, resting, then restarting. They undertake physical and vocal actions ranging from repetitions to variations, swelling up until they explode in the form of a vital, earthy cry from the womb.
As in every town to which «Corbeaux» migrates, this collection of women is freed of the barriers of age, origin, and language, exchanging their personal histories in this shared commitment. They assemble to convey their feminine knowledge, bursting into the everyday spaces of the city and bowling audiences over with their own cathartic rites before leaving them facing themselves once more.
Originally created for the 2014 Marrakech Biennale of Contemporary Art, «Corbeaux» has since been presented throughout Europe and West Asia, appearing at some of the world’s foremost contemporary arts centers and performance festivals. Wherever it goes, each venue is uniquely specific to the environment, and the public is never far away.
Sat Sept 16
3:00 — 3:30PM: Contemporary Arts Center
7:00 — 7:30PM: Findlay Market farmshed
Sun Sept 17
7:00 — 7:30PM: Yeatmans's Cove (tunnel beneath Purple People Bridge)
“Raucous, chanted, they imposed a sound coming from elsewhere. A roar more than a cry.” — Le Monde
Support for the US tour of «Corbeaux» is provided by the French Institute in Paris (Institut Français à Paris); the French-US Exchange in Dance, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project; the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States; and FACE Foundation, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Additional support provided by the Hermès Foundation within the framework of the New Settings Program; This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Ohio Arts Council and the Crane Group; and the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati.
Concept, Artistic Direction: Bouchra Ouizguen
Compagnie O: Kabboura Aït Ben Hmad, Fatima El Hanna, Halima Sahmoud, Fatna Ibn El Khatyb, Khadija Amrhar, Zahra Bensllam, Malika Soukri, Hasnae El Ouarga, Milouda El Maataoui
Tour Manager: Mylène Gaillon
Production Compagnie O // Co-production Service de Coopération et d’Action Culturelle de l’Ambassade de France in Rabat, with the support of the French Institute in Marrakech.