Latifa Laâbissi

Adieu et merci
Cosmos is everywhere, as was saying Marguerite Duras : «Here is everywhere, and everywhere is here» There is an agreement, and object, a show, a space shuttle. An object surrounding us (theatre), an object in front of oneself : oneself. It is the same. In front of or around oneself, it still is oneself. Farewell and thank you. The paradigmatic axis is infinite. Axel Bogousslavsky recently said in a radio show that Marguerite Duras’ voice — a distinctive voice — allowed to hear in its journey what was before birth (nothing) and what was after death (nothing). That this voice, being so rich in harmonic suggested : the cosmos of everything that can’t be thought of. Latifa Laâbissi has got this power, this witch power. Farewell and thank you. I am there, but for a short time. A very short time. She dances something which, for me, isn’t a solo but a quartet. At least. She deploys a war machine with many feelings, efficient and cyclic in order to understand what it’s about : this before and this after of which we are the crossing.


Latifa Laâbissi starts contemporary dance in France before leaving for the Cunningham studio in New York, where she’ll keep training. Since 1990 she works as a dancer and choreographer. She collaborates as a performer for Jean-Claude Gallotta, Thierry Baë, Georges Appaix, Loïc Touzé, Jennifer Lacey and Nadia Lauro, Boris Charmatz, Robyn Orlin. She creates L’âme et le corps duo and To Play (1998) together with Yves-Noël Genod, Phasmes(2001), and I Love like animals (2002). She cosigns Love (2004) with Loïc Touzé, initiates Habiter (2005), project published as an exhibition, Distraction (2006) and choreographed the solo Self portrait camouflage (2006), the play Histoire par celui qui la raconte (2008) and the duo Loredreamsong (2010). She teaches at different places : universities, art schools, architecture schools, choreographic centres. From September 2009 to January 2011, Latifa Laâbissi is an invited artist by Boris Charmatz to the Musée de la Danse, Centre Chorégraphique National de Rennes et de Bretagne. She manages the Figure Project association since December 2008.

Rehearsals at Le Phare from June 10th to 24th 2012
Creation on automn 2013
Representation on Fébruary 1st 2013 at Le Volcan during Pharenheit Festival

Conception, realization : Latifa Laâbissi
Dramaturgy : Yves-Noël Genod
Scenographic dispositive : Nadia Lauro
Costume : Nadia Lauro, Latifa Laâbissi
Lights : Yannick Fouassier
Sound : Olivier Renouf

Production : Figure Project, Rennes
Executive production : Latitudes Prod, Lille
Coproduction : Les Spectacles vivants, Centre Pompidou, Paris ; le Musée de la danse, CCN de Rennes et de Bretagne ; Le Phare, CCN du Havre Haute-Normandie ; Open Latitudes Network. Figure Project is supported by the Ministère de la Culture, DRAC Bretagne, the Conseil régional de Bretagne and the City of Rennes.