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After Luanda, Antananarivo, Ouagadougou… the Biennial of Dance in Africa, initiated by the French Institute in 1997, opened on November 22 in Marrakech. And if France remains a privileged partner, the Biennale is now directed by an artistic committee made up of several African choreographers including Taoufiq Izzediou, the Moroccan dancer and choreographer who founded the dance festival “On Marche” in Marrakech.
With our special correspondent in Marrakech,
Finally, after several postponements due to the pandemic, the African Dance Biennial opened in Marrakech. If public space can no longer be taken over due to the Covid, many stages in the city are welcoming over a hundred artists from nearly 34 companies on the African continent all this week.
« There are choreographers who engage in very intimate, very conceptual choreographies, explains Nedjma Benchalabi, coordinator of the Biennale. There are languages that are much more in a very intense physicality, group, etc. We wanted to represent this African dynamic, to have choreographers from Mali, Senegal, Mozambique, French speakers, Arabic speakers – it is the first time that Egypt is in a dance biennale on the African continent. »
And it is a biennial particularly concerned with young creation and the presence of women. Thus Bibata Ibrahim Maiga, a young Malian dancer, benefited from a master class before the festival with other emerging artists: an Egyptian, a Tunisian and a Senegalese. ” We improvised together, we got to know each other, we exchanged says Bibata Ibrahim Maiga. We didn’t know each other at all before. And it’s really curious how our works resemble each other. »Work by young artists scheduled in the afternoons and those of the most confirmed in the evening. The Biennial is thus intended to be a reflection of the choreographic richness in Africa.