24 sep: NÄSS – Cie Massala

Date: Tuesday 24 september
Time: 7.30 pm

Tickets: 180: –
Supporting member:
130: –
Student/senior/ > 26 years:
90: –
55 min

French Hiphop and Moroccan Folk Dance in urban mash up

Näss has been created in the contrast betwixt progressive modernity and firmly locked traditions within the Moroccan community. Fouad Boussouf, chorographer, dancer and founder of Cie Massala, lets the antipoles interact in this amazing performance from 2018.

With one foot in Morocco and the other in the Parisian suburb Val-de-Marne, Cie Massala uses expressions from hip-hop, contemporary dance and new circus. Moroccan folk dances have also formed a base of inspiration in creating Näss. The work includes war-dances such as taskiouine and reggada, with their rhythmic drum-beats and ahidous, and a festive dance with tambourines and collective hand clasps. The seven dancers’ energy and their bodies tie-up these separate dance styles when they meet, play and become one with the Parisian suburbs’ hip-hop. They use high technical skills and lets us understand the forces and conflicts when coming together.


Cie Massala was founded in 2010 by the dancer and choreographer Fouad Boussouf. The company is, apart from the choreographic work, also engaged socially and culturally through different type of courses and activities.


P.S. did you know that…

Nass (näss) means people in Arabic. The title refers to the Moroccan folk musical group Nass el Ghiwane, who were among the first to introduce modern western instruments whilst being inspired by the antic Gnawa-music.



“With Näss, choreographer Fouad Boussouf skilfully blends urban and contemporary dance styles: it’s a meeting between different times, different cultures – between the earthly and the spiritual.”
Sophie Ammann, Springback Magazine

“Fouad Boussouf gives us 45 minutes of energising dance that urges us to find stories in the swarm. As we journey with them from isolation to friendship, from troubled existence to joy, the dancers of Company Massala hold us mesmerised in the palm of their
Kelly Apter, Springback Magazine



Choreography: Fouad Boussouf
Assistant Choreographer: Bruno Domingues Torres
Performers: Sami Blond, Mathieu Bord, Maxime Cozic, Yanice Djae, Loïc Elice, Justin Gouin, Nicolas Grosclaude
Lighting designer and technical manager : Fabrice Sarcy
Costumes and Scenography: Camille Vallat
Music: Roman Bestion
Tour producer: Petya Hristova
Tour manager: Mathieu Morelle
Photos: Charlotte Audureau
Video: Floriane Pinard
Production: Massala Dance Company
Coproduction: Théâtre Jean Vilar – Vitry-sur-Seine, Le Prisme – Élancourt, Institut du Monde Arabe – Tourcoing, Fontenay-en-Scènes – Fontenay-sous-bois, Théâtre des Bergeries – Noisy-le-Sec, La Briqueterie – CDC du Val-de-Marne, Le FLOW – Pôle Culture Ville de Lille, ADAMI, Institut Français de Marrakech
Residencies: La Briqueterie – CDC du Val-de-Marne, POC d’Alfortville, Centre National de la Danse, Le FLOW – Pôle Culture Ville de Lille, Studios Diptyk – St-Etienne, Cirque Shems’y – Salé, Morocco
Financial Support: Conseil départemental du Val-de-Marne, Région Ile-de-France, ARCADI

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