Cie Massala (FRA) Näss (Folk)

HIPHOP AND MOROCCAN FOLK DANCE IN URBAN MASH UP



Näss has been created in the contrast betwixt progressive modernity and firmly locked traditions within the Moroccan community. Fouad Boussouf, chorographer, dancer and founder of Cie Massala, lets the antipoles interact in this amazing performance from 2018.

With one foot in Morocco and the other in the Parisian suburb Val-de-Marne, Cie Massala uses expressions from hip-hop, contemporary dance and new circus. Moroccan folk dances have also formed a base of inspiration in creating Näss. The work includes war-dances such as taskiouine and reggada, with their rhythmic drum-beats and ahidous, and a festive dance with tambourines and collective hand clasps. The seven dancers’ energy and their bodies tie-up these separate dance styles when they meet, play and become one with the Parisian suburbs’ hip-hop. They use high technical skills and lets us understand the forces and conflicts when coming together.

P.S. DID YOU KNOW THAT…

Nass (näss) means people in Arabic. The title refers to the Moroccan folk musical group Nass el Ghiwane, who were among the first to introduce modern western instruments whilst being inspired by the antic Gnawa-music.