Madame Plaza
Bouchra Ouizguen (Morocco)

"Whatever the country, whatever the circumstance, the complex mixture of longing, regrets, hopes and frustrations played out on stage speaks to an understanding of friendship and female solidarity which will be immediately recognizable to everyone."
-Deutsche Welle, Germany

Madame Plaza, created by Moroccan choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen and performed with three traditional "Aïta" vocalists whose custom includes guttural wailing and incantation, is a powerful merging of bodies with song. In Morocco, the Aïta are paradoxically the object of admiration, fantasy, and also contemptuous rejection. Their artistry is often classified as folklore, but their presence is immediately and profoundly contemporary. With touching directness and surprising humor, Madame Plaza brings forth an essential freedom of the body.

Part of VOICES OF STRENGTH: CONTEMPORARY DANCE & THEATER BY WOMEN FROM AFRICA, curated by MAPP and presented in partnership with The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium.

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