NÄSS (Les Gens)

Fouad Boussouf - Compagnie MassalaNÄSS (Les Gens)

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First you will hear the rhythm, immemorial and haunting. On these beats, seven male dancers come together, mixing hip hop and traditional dance patterns. Amid communion and violence, 'Näss' takes you to the streets of Morocco where modernity and traditions meet.

Choreography : Fouad Boussouf
Assistant Choreographer : Bruno Torres Domingue
Performers : Élias Ardoin, Sami Blond, Mathieu Bord, Maxime Cozic, Loïc Elice, Justin Gouin, Nicolas Grosclaude
Light : Françoise Michel
Scenography : Camille Vallat
Costumes : Camille Vallat
Music : Roman Bestion
Coproduction: Théâtre Jean Vilar de Vitry-sur-Seine, Le Prisme d’Elancourt, Institut du Monde Arabe de Tourcoing, Fontenay-en-Scènes (Fontenay-sous-Bois), Théâtre des Bergeries (Noisy-le-Sec), FLOW-Centre Eurorégional des Cultures Urbaines (Lille), La Briqueterie - CDCN du Val-de-Marne, ARCADI Ile-de-France, ADAMI and Institut Français de Marrakech
Financial support : Région Ile-de-France and Conseil départemental du Val-de-Marne
Logistical  support: La Briqueterie - CDCN du Val-de-Marne, Pôle Culturel d’Alfortville, Centre National de la Danse, FLOW - Centre Eurorégional des Cultures Urbaines (Lille) and Cirque Shems’y - Salé (Maroc)

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A choreographer, a dancer and a teacher, Fouad Boussouf founded Massala Company in 2006, a company bringing together hip-hop, contemporary dance and new circus. Born in Morocco, he moved to France in 1983 and began learning hip-hop dance, modern jazz and circus. From 1997, he pursued his training in Paris, focusing on contemporary dance and hip-hop.

Fouad Boussouf holds an MA and a Master in Social Sciences at the University of Paris XII, Créteil, where he also teaches for the module «Dance and culture of the world».  He has worked in various dance conservatories in Ile-de-France and he regularly leads workshops in France and abroad. As a performer, he has worked for Ahmed Lahcen, Farid Berki, Pierre Doussaint,Trick Nasty Crew and Megajam.

Since the creation of Massala Company in 2006, he has created several multi-disciplinary dance pieces including 'Zoom', 'Deviation'  'Témoin(s)', 'A Condition', 'Afflux', 'Concept Lavoir', 'Transe', 'The elements', 'Esperluette', 'Le Moulin du Diable' and Nass.

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