Choreographer(s) : Lagraa, Abou (France)
Present in collection(s): Cie La Baraka / La Chapelle - Abou Lagraa & Nawal Aït Benalla
Video producer : La Baraka
In a dance drawing from the reserves of the resistance of a body on the verge of exhaustion, Abou Lagraa explores intimacy. Pushing his energy's resilience to the limit, he attempts to bring forth a memory inscribed in the neuronal source of this movements, an atavistic history of his own body, the physical marks of wich are revealed to us here. In a very personnal choreographical grammar, he combines his present, his ambiguities, his doubts. With great sincerity he stages the desire of accomplishment passing through the combination of a history and a desire. The dance is rapid, the movements sweeping, always rubbing up against the limits of the floor. It explores contradictions, the posture is at once serious and frivolous. The two characters Masculine and Feminine get tangled in an obvious duality. It is with incredible energy that the dance manages to resolve an apparent opposition.
Source : Cie La Baraka
En savoir plus : https://www.aboulagraa.fr/
Born in Annonay, Abou Lagraa began dancing at the age of 16 before entering the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse, Lyon. He began his career as a dancer at the S.O.A.P. Dance Theatre, Frankfurt with Rui Horta and became his assistant on a project at the Calouste Gulbenkian Centre, Lisbon. He was soon noticed and went on to work with Robert Poole, Denis Plassard and Lionel Hoche. His qualities as a performer have been rewarded twice: in 1998 by the 2nd Prize for performance at the Paris International Dance Competition, then in 2009 by the prize for Best Male Dancer, awarded by the International Movimentos Dance Prize. In 1997 he founded his own company, La Baraka.
Once again, recognition came quickly; numerous French venues programmed the young choreographer and he received proposals for collaboration. As a result, after 4 years as an associated artist at Bonlieu Scène Nationale in Annecy, since 2009 Abou Lagraa and his company have been hosted in production residency at Gémeaux Scène Nationale, Sceaux. The fame of the company spread rapidly beyond France's borders and tours followed one after the other, throughout Europe and also in the United States, Algeria, Tunisia and Indonesia… Alongside his work with the company, Abou Lagraa is regularly in demand by large organisations.
In 2001 he devised Fly, Fly for the CCN Ballet de Lorraine. This piece later was subsequently added to the repertoire of the ABC Dance Company of St Pölten in Austria.
In 2003 he devised a work for the second-year students of the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine, Angers, then in 2007 for the pupils of the Frankfurt Hochschule and the pupils of the Centre Méditerranéen de Danse Contemporaine, Tunis.
In 2006 his work entered the repertoire of the Paris Opéra Ballet with Le Souffle du Temps, a piece for 21 dancers, including 3 étoiles (Marie-Agnès Gillot, Manuel Legris, Wilfried Romoli). Then, in 2008, he composed Everyone's One at the invitation of Ballet Memphis (USA).
Since 2009, in association with the Algerian Ministry of Culture and th Algerian Agency for the Cultural Brilliance, he works, with Nawal Aït Benalla-Lagraa, in the elaboration of a “Mediterranean Cultural Bridge", the project of French-Algerian cooperation for the development of the dance and the artistic exchanges which will contain a program of Training and creation. In this frame, he sees confiding for July, 2009, the choreography of Closing ceremony of the 2nd Pan-African Festival of Algiers. In 2010, he creates the Ballet Contemporain d'Alger, under the Nawal Aït Benalla-Lagraa's educational responsibility, with a first piece NYA. The success of which ends in several national and international tours.
This piece was to be distinguished in 2011 when it was awarded the Grand Prix de la Critique as “Best Choreography of the Year”.
In 2016, he becomes the « Dream up » ambassador, an international arts-based education programme set up by the BNP Paribas foundation. This programme will help some 30,000 underprivileged or disabled children and teenagers to develop and find fulfilment by practising an artistic or creative activity.
In 2016, he becomes “Chevalier des arts et des lettres” nominated by the French ministry of culture.
Source : Cie La Baraka
More information : https://www.aboulagraa.fr/
Choreography : Abou Lagraa
Choreography assistance : Uschi Vorck-Martinez
Additionnal music : Eric Aldéa, Ivan Chiossone
Lights : Franck Besson, Gérard Garchey
Costumes : Michelle Amet
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Compagnie La Baraka, Bonlieu Scène Nationale d'Annecy, Le Prisme de St Quentin en Yvelines
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Gérald Groult
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