about the artist
Nacera Belaza was born in Médéa, Algeria. She moved to France at the age of 5. In 1989, she founded her own dance company. Self-taught, she entered dance driven by the necessity to express herself and unravel the complexity of a dual cultural background. Her language emerged from her confined body — somehow imprisoned by cultural constraints during childhood and adolescence — drawing first from inner material, and later on from literature.
To free yourself, you have to be right, accurate, and precise. You have to defy complacency and seduction. What Nacera Belaza is indeed choreographing is an inner journey. It’s about space, the inner emptiness, it’s about light and shadow, repetition and vertigo. Dance becomes an introspective vertical dive. Her movements are animated by a deep, serene, and continuous breath, relying on patience, rigor, and simplicity to face “the deafening din of our existences.” In her work, Belaza tries to give gesture back its existential role.
Her work, recognized and praised by the French Ministry of Culture, earned her the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2015. In France, Nacera Belaza was awarded the Syndicat de la Critique Prize for her piece Le Cri and the SACD Choreographic Prize in 2017. In 2021, she was named one of the 100 Women of Culture by the French association Femmes de Culture.
She is associate artist to the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris and the MC93 in Bobigny. She regularly tours in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America, performing in prestigious festivals and venues, such as the Avignon Festival and the Lyon Dance Biennale in France, the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels and DeSingel in Antwerp, the Vidy Theatre in Lausanne, Crossing the Line festival in New York, the Push festival in Vancouver. Nacera Belaza has also been regularly working in Algeria, developing training, residency, and touring programs.
cast & creative team
Choreography, Sound and Light Design by Nacera Belaza
Performed by Paulin Banc, Nacera Belaza, Mohammed Ech Charquaouy, Océane Valence
Technical Management by Christophe Renaud