16 - 17 SEPTEMBER
Contemporary Arts Center
44 E. 6th St.
In her work Corbeaux (‘crows’ or ‘ravens’), Moroccan choreographer Bouchra Ouizgen offers us an
experience of immense intensity outside of a traditional theatre space. Out of the dark emerge figures
dressed in black. Like birds they step forward, their heads wrapped in white headscarves that droop like
beaks. They dance in an hypnotic rythm, 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.
Bouchra Ouizguen’s crows are women of different languages, cultures and origins. With the CAC,
Compagnie O, the Marrakech dance group that came together during eight years of laboratory and
performance work directed by Ouizguen, will be joined by women living in Greater Cincinnati. 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 the spectators 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 pubic is never far away.
“We saw these women; of all ages, of all sizes, and of all origins, united in the same movement… It is striking.” – 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.