Tuesday September 17

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Opening night

8 pm | LabO
60 Waller
(Other entrances: 10 Daly, 50 Mackenzie-King)
$20 pre-sale | $25 at the door | All Access Pass

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“Major reflection on humankind and its desire for spirituality.”

Le Monde Paris

© Laurent Philippe

In a time where Algeria is undergoing a social revolution, Nacera Belaza is one of the only female Arabic choreographers to work internationally. Her creations question, disturb, and challenge by their mystery, their slowness, and their trance-like quality.

Her duet, “The Scream” (2008), which she dances with her sister Dalilas, is Nacera’s flagship piece which has shone across Europe, the Avignon Festival, the Biennale de Lyon, deSingel of Antwerp, Roma Europa, New York, and Australia. Nina Simone, Maria Callas, Amy Winehouse, and a Berber singer, This piece of music is a trance that evokes the contemporary feeling of exclusion and the quest for spirituality in our world. century later, to the famous expressionist artwork of the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch.

Projections of the version filmed by Béatrice Vernhes on a rainy evening at the Psalette Cloister will be shown looped on our urban screen, both before and during the performance at the courtyard of the SAW Gallery.

Performance run-time: 45 minutes

Choreography : Nacera Belaza
Interpretation : Dalila Belaza, Nacera Belaza
Video design and soundtrack : Nacera Belaza
Sound and light control : Christophe Renaud

There will be a talk-back with the artist after the performance

Looped screenings of the filmed version of “Le Cri” at the Psalette Cloister will be shown before and after the performance.

Dir.: Béatrice Vernhes | Chor.: Nacera Belaza | France | 2016 | 10′

We wish to thank the French Embassy in Ottawa and the French Institute for the reception of Nacera Belaza Company

Opening Cocktail

6:30 pm | Club SAW & Courtyard | SAW Gallery
67 Nicholas
Pay as you like | All Access Pass


With Robin Poitras (Regina)

Features the great dancer Robin Poitras dancing under an eclipse in the middle of a Mongolian desert to the music of the late Lasa de Sela

Dir.: Robin Poitras, Edward Poitras, Larry Bauman, Lhasa de Sela | Regina, Canada | 2019 | 6′

Moving Gaze

A film by Timothy L. Smith (Ottawa)

Timothy L. Smith breaks down the dance of performer Marilou Lépine in a series of movements that he then reassembles, combining videos and long-exposure photographs to create a mesmerizing digital book. Mika Posen, composer and trainer of the Timber Stamp group, creates the original soundtrack of this film, as she does Timothy’s films.

Dir.: Tim Smith | UK | 2017 | 3’9

The Amal dance

A movie by Rami Al Rabih (Paris)

Amal dances for the first time on a western stage. She tells her story through oriental dance and hopes (“Amal” in arabic) that someone will hear her story.

Dir.: Rami Al Rabih | Paris / Beirut-Lebanon / France | 2018 | 8′

À ne pas manquer

Modern Women

Sunday 22 Sept. | 5 pm | LabO

Closing program - A mix of performances and projections. The dancing modern woman. In New York City, Montréal or Ottawa. From Zimbabwe or over Skype. Guest artists: Lana Morton, Yvonne Coutts, Jil Guyon, Emilie Morin and Alla Kovgan.

Mother Earth Bursts

Sunday 22 Sept. | 11 am I LabO

Brunch screenings - Our ancestors were dancing in the rain. How do today's artists dance our world?

Louise Lecavalier: In motion

Sunday 22 Sept. | 2 pm | LabO

Documentary screening - This feature film offers a cinematic take at the work and life of the famous dancer and choreographer Louise Lecavalier, who still dances on the stages of the world at 60 years old.