Studio Performance: Fleur D'Orange—Hind Benali, Artistic Director
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 4:30 PM
Cross Street Dance Studio
“The multi-talented Hind Benali is at the forefront of the contemporary dance scene in Morocco.”
—Morocco: Globalization and Its Consequences
Choreographer/dancer Hind Benali founded the contemporary dance company Fleur D’Orange in 2006 in Casablanca, Morocco—a culture where women do not dance publicly—following her initial training in ballet and later travels to France and sub-Saharan Africa. Her captivating work explores the limits and freedoms of her country’s history and current practices, the many layers of gender, culture, and religion, and the stories of her elders, taking life’s everyday texture and transforming it into dramatic movement with striking onstage imagery. At Wesleyan, Ms. Benali will present a studio showing with her collaborators, dancer/choreographer Soufiane Karim and composer-musician Mohcine Imraharn. Ms. Benali will also talk about her work and personal experiences. Calligrapher Yacine Fadhil is another collaborator, but is not part of the current tour.
The presentation is part of Center Stage, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with additional support from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council. General Management for Center Stage is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.
Co-sponsored by the College of Letters, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Thomas and Catharine McMahon Fund.
This event is part of Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan.