A full evening by the Moroccan choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen

“The first step into the desert – the process – eliminates excess. In the desert, nothing is superfluous, only necessity remains.”  (Bouchra Ouizguen)

How do we survive in a group?
This was the question that immediately struck me as I watched the Carte Blanche dancers.
The next thing that was evident was the form of a circle, which remained outlined throughout, as though representing a self-contained intention.
Rotating on our own axis, orbiting others, gyrating, whirling and spinning to the point of exhaustion or intoxication, turning without end.
And so how do we set a course, keep to it, play our part, remain focused and allow ourselves to  be carried along amid this whirlwind without beginning or end?

– Bouchra Ouizguen

Through her distinctive use of dance, song and stage, Bouchra Ouizguen brings us into her world –inspired by her own cultural and musical education. With genuine passion, involvement and interpretative ability she shares her personal story, inviting us to visit an unfamiliar territory in the space between the desert and the stage. She shows us a place where unexplored streets, doorways and scents become recognizable. The dancers went to Marrakech in search of this place.

In september 2017, Jerada was awarded the Dance Critic Award 2016/2017 by the Norwegian Critics’ Association.

Bouchra Ouizguen
Dancer and choreographer Bouchra Ouizguen (1980) is from Ouarzazate, the city situated by the great desert in Morocco. She now lives and works in Marrakesh, where since 1998 she has helped to develop the local dance community and created a number of experimental performances.

Bouchra’s interest in the society and visual and popular art of her homeland nourishes her works, which span a number of formats including audio, performance and video. She has received several awards for her choreography, and has produced performances for several well-known festivals including Montpellier Danse, the Marrakech Biennale and Festival d’Automne.


Bouchra Ouizguen

Co-produced with
The Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance – Carte Blanche, and Compagnie O

Artistic Advisor
Ouizguen Bouchra

Lighting design
Eric Wurtz

Costume design
Ouizguen Bouchra

Sound design
Ouizguen Bouchra

Dakka Marrachkia Baba's Band

Caroline Eckly, Irene Vesterhus Theisen, Noam Eidelman Shatil, Guro Rimeslåtten, Olha Stetsyuk, Anne Lise Rønne, Chihiro Araki, Dawid Lorenc, Mathias Stoltenberg, Harald Beharie, Adrian Bartczak,Ole Martin Meland, Daniel Mariblanca, Aslak Aune Nygård

Approx 60 mins

World premiere
9 February 2017 –The Norwegian Opera & Ballet, Oslo