hoor malas

November 3 to 5, 2022

If My Body Had a Name

© Thibault Caron

Canada / Syrie


No words, Arabic music

November 3, 2022: 7.30 pm

November 4, 2022: 7.30 pm

November 5, 2022: 7.30 pm

This piece reveals a female figure, navigating her way through a conflictive journey within a flux of vulnerabilities and physical discord, ceaselessly renegotiating the habitual hierarchy, which places mind over body, a research that plays within that duality’s delicate boundaries where borders merge or dissolve.

A Syrian dance and movement artist newly settled in Montreal, Hoor Malas’ practice is anchored in intimacy, physicality, and music. In If My Body Had a Name she investigates hypotheses concerning power dynamics between mind and body, dissecting the embodied resonance of gestures—especially those connected to her Middle Eastern origins—and revealing their social and sometimes repressive natures.

Talkback with the artist following the November 4th performance — Hosted by Nasim Lootij. 

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A co-production with Dance des résistance.
With the support of the joint support CAM+MAI program and the residency program of MAI, Circuit-Est center chorégraphique and Danse a la carte.
Recipient of a creation residency at Place des Arts.
With the mentorship of Margie Gillis.


Choreography & performance: Hoor Malas | Music composition: Shadi Ali | Rehearsal Director: Neil Sochasky | Technical direction & lights : Marko Croteau | Costume Designer: Sonya Bayer | Video: Yousef Choufan | Photo : Thibault Carron | Mentor : Margie Gillis | Artistic Counselling: Dena Davida, Valerie Sabbah & Nasim Lootij

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