Taoufiq Izeddiou - Choreographer

Taoufiq Izeddiou (b. 1975) is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and artistic director of Anania and the contemporary dance festival On Marche.

Born in Marrakech, Taoufiq Izeddiou studied architecture and tried his hand at boxing and drama before turning to dance. It was in his home city that Taoufiq Izeddiou discovered his passion for dance after taking classical and jazz classes in the French Institute in Marrakech in the early 1990s. He discoverd contemporary dance in 1997, through encounters with great choreographers the likes of Mathilde Monnier, Georges Appaix and Bernardo Montet. From this training, his encounter with Bernardo Montet was to be crucial because it opened up the professional scene to him in 1999. In the years that followed, they shared their questions about origin and identity. Alongside his career as a professional dancer, notably at the Centre Cho- régraphique National de Tours, Taoufiq Izeddiou created his first choreo- graphy in 2000. In 2003, following the success of the group piece Fina Kenti, he came up with the idea of creating the company Anania, the first contemporary dance company in Morocco. Keen to pass on knowledge and to train, he established the first contemporary dance course, Al Mokhta- bar I, (Le Laboratoire) between 2003 and 2005, producing several dancers now in Anania, and Al Mokhtabar II, from 2012 to 2015. In 2007, he obtained a state diploma in contemporary dance in France. Since then, with one foot in Morocco and the other in the world, he has been creating work that explores the tensions between tradition. After Cœur sans corps, Clandestins CSC, Déserts désirs, Aataba and Aaléef, Rev' Illusion, and En Alerte, his last creation that is currently on tour.

Taoufiq Izeddiou's choreographies have been performed in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, South America and North America in the most prestigious events and venues such as Danse Africa Danses, Montpellier Danse, Charleroi Danses, Ren- contres Chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-St-Denis, CND de Paris, Tanzquartier in Vienna, TransAmériques in Canada, Festival de Marseille and the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in 2016.


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