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Last year she was the discovery of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts with Le Cercle, a stunning creation in which four dancers went into a trance. Today Franco-Algerian choreographer Nacera Belaza returns with L’Onde. This time her gaze is focused on traditional Algerian dances. How can they be updated without losing their singularity and original value? Dance is often neglected when it comes to cultural heritage. Traditional dances are often associated with the musical context in which they exist, but there is less knowledge and research about their specific movement language. Nacera Belaza delves into audiovisual archives and incorporates her findings in this new production, which will have its world premiere in Brussels. Like a craftswoman, she carefully moulds a sophisticated choreography, bringing this traditional dance material into relation with the concept of “infinity”. The dancers explore the infinity of space and time until they begin to resonate with one another and unleash a wave of excitement and unrest in the auditorium. Goosebumps guaranteed.

See also: Free School, A Dance School & Kids

Confronted with the SARS-CoV-2 crisis, we had to cancel this project

Presentation: Kunstenfestival-Charleroi danse

Choreography, sound design and light: Nacera Belaza
Performers: Nacera Belaza, Aurélie Berland, Beth Emmerson, Magdalena Hylak,
Mélodie Lasselin
Stage management: Christophe Renaud, Pablo Simonet
Production: Compagnie Nacera Belaza
Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Charleroi danse, centre chorégraphique de
Wallonie-Bruxelles, Festival de Marseille, deSingel, MC93 Bobigny, ICI-Centre
chorégraphique national Montpellier-Occitanie / Direction Christian Rizzo, within the
framework of the research and creation residencies program, L’Arsenal-Cité
musicale-Metz; Action financed by Région Ile de France-Support for creation;
artistical residency at the Fondation LUMA-Arles

With the support of: Département des Bouches-du-Rhône-Centre départemental de
créations en résidence, SPEDIDAM, SACD as part of the duet programme ; Institut
français-Ville de Paris

Performance in Brussels in the frame of EXTRA, with the support of the French
Institute and of the French Embassy in Belgium

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Nacera Belaza

Nacera Belaza born in Medea in Algeria, she lives in France since the age of 5. After studies of literature, she creates her own dance company. Self-taught, she entered dancing out of vital necessity to express, to utter and to unravel the complexity of the double cultural belonging. It is during the childhood and teenage that from the body constrained and confined by the choc of cultures that emerges spontaneously the language, drawing its row material first of all in itself and then in all that literature will be able to offer. In order to set free, one needs to utter in a correct and precise way, to defy oneself when confronted to complacency and seduction. 

Nacera Belaza choreographes an internal path, space, the emptiness in oneself, the areas of shadow and light, the vertigo, the repetition. She transforms dance in a vertical introspective diving. Her works explore movement in a peaceful, profound and continous breath, confronting patience, rigor, stripping to "the deafening noise of our existences", rendering gesture its existential utility. 

Her work recognized and appreciated by the ministry of culture, receiving officially the title of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. 

In 2008 Le Cri received the Price of the Syndicat de la Critique. 
In 2017, the SACD also recognized her work according her the Prix Chorégraphe. 

The company has the status of CERNI (Compagnie et Ensemble à Rayonnement National et International) since 2017. 

Each of her work is regularly presented in Europe, in Africa, in Asia, in North America. In France, she is invited to theatres and festivals such as Festival MontpellierDanse, the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, the Festival d’Avignon, la Biennale de la danse de Lyon, or the Festival de Marseille .

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