Folkah! was born of the desire to bring two female artists around an ancestral dance from the Sahara: the Guedra. For this project a corporal and vocal language was developed that revisits the context, words and gestures of the Guedra, to invent a new frame of dialogue between body and voice. Starting from the structural elements of this dance full of with stories and meanings – attitudes, signs, codes, light, temporality – Folkah explores possible breaks and deconstructions in order to develop the kind of extensions and excesses that are typical for a contemporary choreographic practice.
This performance is a unique collaboration between creator of the dance workshop Espace Darja, choreographer and dancer Meryem Jazouli – and the famous composer, producer and jazz singer Malika Zarra.
concept & performed by Meryem Jazouli | vocals and performed by Malika Zarra | dramaturgy Youness Anzane | light design Melchior Delaunay | costumes Mehryl Levisse | co-production Espace Darja – Casablanca (Maroc), Goethe Institut Marokko de Rabat, Afrikayna – Fonds Africa Art Lines pour la mobilité, Moussem Nomadic Arts Centre – Brussels | in collaboration with Festival Caravane Tighmert (Maroc), Hellerau – Centre Européen pour les Arts de Dresde (Allemagne), Ecole des Sables – Toubab Dialaw (Sénégal), Centro Cultural de Belem – Lisbonne (Portugal), L'Uzine - Fondation TAT – Casablanca