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Ismaël Mouaraki – Destins Croisés (Montréal)

September 19 & 20, 2013


September 19th and 20th, 2013 – 8PM

Following a series of performances at the Lincoln Centre Institute in New York, a new version of Loops returns to the MAI where it first premiered in 2008. For this remount, the choreographer has re-imagined prevalent themes in the original, resulting in an invigorated movement vocabulary. A veritable living fresco with many sources of inspiration, Loops was literally created in Montréal’s métro by the choreographer Ismaël Mouaraki. This mode of transportation, a transit zone and constant cycle in its passengers’ everyday lives, underlies the drama of Loops (2008). It is in this unconventional environment that the work’s five performers take off their shoes to dance to the rhythm of the métro. The dancers, witnesses to the events that occur amidst the human mass – service breakdowns, suicides, the mad dash – punctuate travellers’ daily rhythm of life.

Ismaël Mouaraki, a Franco-Moroccan choreographer and dancer, was born in 1977 in Nancy and is the founder of Destins Croisés. Since 2000, his troupe has occupied a major place in the urban and contemporary dance landscape in Québec. Over the years, Mouaraki has developed a unique choreographic signature, a cross between urban dances in various contemporary idioms. The company has four works in its repertoire, including Futur proche (2003), which received the Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse award for Meilleure création artistique. Ismaël Mouaraki has worked with numerous other artists, including the choreographers Philippe Decouflé and Hélène Blackburn.

« Loops took urban dance to another level of meaning and was entertaining to boot. » – THE GAZETTE


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