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Meryem Jazouli (Morocco), Performing Arts, Residency 23 June – 7 July 2017

Meryem Jazouli (Morocco), Performing Arts, Residency 23 June – 7 July 2017

with Malika Zarra (Sound, Singer), Younes Anzane (Dramaturge)

Title of the new production:

The Moroccan dancer and choreographer Meryem Jazouli, based in Casablanca was invited by HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden for a residency in Germany. During her residency togehter with Malika Zarra and Younes Anzane she develops her new piece “Folkah!” Melchior Delaunay will join the team as a light designer, and Mehryl Levisse will join the team as a costume designer.

“Folkah!” initiates a body language invented from a danced heritage. Starting from a Sahara dance (the Guedra) to (re)invent a new story for history. Charged with heavy symbolism, the Guedra traditionally mirrors epic tales or courteous poems; it portrays an entire people through precise fingers and eyes movements. Here, the performers weave other links, other extensions and overflows aiming at a deconstruction of this dance. They unveil their bodies and presences somewhere in between dream and unconscious, memory and transmission. The project dawned from the desire to unite two feminine figures around a shared folklore, both danced and sung.

„Folkah!“ is an Espace Darja (Casablanca, Morocco) producion in coproduction with Moussem – Brussels Nomadic Arts Center (Brusselns Belgium) and Afrikayna – Africa Art Lines Funds for mobility. The production is supported through residencies by HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts (Dresden, Germany) and Ecole des Sables (Toubab Dialo, Senegal)


Meryem Jazouli is a Moroccan dancer and choreograpger who has been living and working in Casablanca since 1997. After pursuing dance studies in Paris and sharing the stage experience of several companies, she came back to Morocco in order to continue her creation work. Own pieces include: „Temps de chien“, „La robe de Tantale“, „Kelma...un cri à la mère" and „Contessa“

Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden