Malika Djardi | France – 60 minutes

January 31 | 19:00 – Sala 1. Gaiás Centre Museum

Horion. Malika Djardi. Foto: Laurent Philippe

Horion” in old French means a violent blow to the head or shoulders. This piece deals with blows: the duet created by Malika Djardi has been composed as a musical album with different pieces. In this album, the instruments are replaced by movements, actions, expressions, disguises or objects: the dancers are like puppets, they oscillate between primitive men and techno-sapiens playing with cultural references to produce poetic and rhythmic choreographies. They are literal blows, but they are also rhythmic, energetic or poetic discharges. The two dancers may be Adam and Eve, sometimes acidic and sometimes comical. This mixture of humour and brutality, of love and hate, goes across the choreography and makes the piece a poetic exploration of relationships. Finally, it evokes the way in which we need to strike around ourselves in order to build and move forward. Joined by language, by attitude and by presence to Marlene Monteiro, Cecilia Bengolea, François Chaignaud, and Trajal Harrel, with whom she has also worked, Malika Djardi is one of the revelations of French dance in recent years. A unique, exceptional way of dancing and of living.

Malika Djardi

After studying visual arts, she integrated superior studies in performing arts in UQAM in Montreal and in Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers from 2009 to 2011. Jean-Marc Adolphe has invited her to the 2010 edition of SKITE where she created _Love Song_ her first group piece in collaboration with Perle Palombe and gathering Yohann Alex, Charles Chemin, Trajal
Harrell, Aude Lachaise and Maud Le Pladec. With the solo _Sa prière_, created in April 2014 in the frame of festival Danseur in Brussels, she pursues a search on performance as an object of documentation. Her last creation, the duet _Horion_, has been presented in Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine Saint-Denis in May 2016. She is currently working on a next project to première in autumn 2017 for Biennale de Charleroi Danses. Since 2011, she has worked as a performer for Mélanie Perrier, Pierre Droulers, Joris Lacoste, Alexandre Roccoli, Clyde Chabot and Ola Maciejwska. She is invited by Pierre Droulers to take back his solo piece _Les Beaux Jours_ for Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2017.

Cast & crew

Concept and choreography: Malika Djardi | Performers: Nestor Garcia Diaz and Malika Djardi | Musical score: Nicolas Taite (drums part) and Thomas Turine | Sound technique: Benoît Pelé | Sound engineer: Clément Vercelletto | Costumes: Ateliers de couture du Théâtre de Liège / La Bourette / Marie-Colin Madan / Nodd | Stage design: LFA Looking For Architecture | Dramaturgy advice: Youness Anzane | Production: Association Stand | Coproduction: Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Théâtre de Liège, Charleroi Danses, manège, scène nationale – reims,L’échangeur – CDC Hauts-de-France | Residences and support: CND Centre National de la Danse (Pantin), CND Centre National de la Danse Rhône-Alpes (Lyon), Scène 7/ Le Croiseur (Lyon), La Raffinerie- Charleroi Danses, manège, scène nationale – reims, L’échangeur – CDC Hauts-de-France | Acknowledgments: Jean-Baptiste Ginier Gillet, Pierre Droulers, Youness Khoukhou, Loup Gangloff, Julia Kat, Benoît Pelé


May, 2016. Rencontres Chorégraphiques Intenationales de Seine Saint-Denis, France. Première in Spain at Escenas do Cambio 2017.