Questions about migrants and borders feed current debates around the world. Conceived for five young dancers from Marrakech, this work examines the notion of checkpoints, those that are visible as well as barriers within the body itself. Enveloped in a sound mix drawn from both traditional and contemporary Moroccan sources, this fervent quintet strives to make the space their own or create one for themselves if given no other choice. In a society with such tight control over individuals, what is left of intimacy?
Choreography Taoufiq Izeddiou
Performance Yassmine Benchrifa, Moad Haddadi, Mohamed Lamqayssi, Chourouk El Mahati, Hassan Oumzili
Sound design Saïd Ait El Moumen and Taoufiq Izeddiou
Music Saïd Ait El Moumen
Lighting design Chantal Labonté
Costume design Tarik Ribh
Partners ESAVM, AFAC, Festival On Marche, CCN Belfort (VIADANSE)
Originally from Windsor, Ontario, Chantal Labonté is a graduate of the University of Ottawa Theatre Department and the National Theatre School of Canada Production program. She specializes in lighting design for both French and English theatre. Since graduating, she has had the chance to work with Adrienne Wong, Isabelle Leblanc, Joel Beddows, Pier Rodier, Christian Lapointe, Vera Leticia, Jean-Stephane Roy, as well as emerging directors like Frederic Sasseville-Painchaud, Clara Prévost, Rebecca Vachon, and Eric Perron. She is also the recipient of two Best Design Curtain Awards of the Year in the Ottawa-Gatineau region for We will see by Théâtre du Trillium in 2016 and Les Passants, a co-production between the GCTC and the Catapult in 2017. Chantal tours internationally with Compagnie Marie Chouinard and assists lighting designer Nicolas Ricard in several productions, events, and festivals.