Compagnie Nacera Belaza – Danspace Project
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Compagnie Nacera Belaza

Photo: David Balicki
Photo: David Balicki

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.

Nacera Belaza is an Algerian-born Parisian whose choreographic 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 Thursday, October 4 & Friday, October 5, Belaza presents Sur Le Fil (2016), in which the choreographer applies a rigorous set of rules to both the body and mind of three dancers to explore the paradoxical space between submission and abandon.

On Saturday, October 6, Belaza presents Sur Le Fil alongside two recent significant works: 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. In La Traversée, the progression and memory of gestures and movements are passed along through ritual and inheritance. La Nuit is a solo danced by Belaza that delves into the at once intimately personal and infinitely universal.

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.