Photo : Charlotte Audureau
Photo : Charlotte Audureau
Photo : Charlotte Audureau
Photo : Charlotte Audureau

Choreographer: Fouad Boussouf
Dancers: Elias Ardoin (or Yanice Djae), Sami Blond, Mathieu Bord, 
Maxime Cozic, Loïc Elice, Justin Gouin, Nicolas Grosclaude
Assistant choreographer: Bruno Domingues Torres
Lighting Designer: Fabrice Sarcy
Costumes and Scenography: Camille Vallat 
Music: Roman Bestion

First there is rhythm, the sounds of immemorial time, unceasing and obsessive. From this rhythm is born the communion of seven dancers, a fusion of energies and bodies, the power of the community with its inherent violence and weaknesses. 

On the border between the sacred and the profane, between frenetic modernity and ancestral rituals, Näss challenges contradictory physical states and affirms the fusion between the popular and urban aspects of hip-hop. It questions its proper roots tracing their evolution until today. Sources of inspiration are the regional dances of Morocco taskiwine and regadda, as well as the mysticism of the Gnawa tradition.

“The history of the famous band Nass el Ghiwane* from the 1970s in North Africa has been of key inspiration to me. Their lyrics reminded me of the strange connection with the anti-establishment current of rap and hip-hop from the same period in the United States. I discovered a type of hip-hop that is more spiritual, impregnated with ancestral traditions.” – Fouad Boussouf

Näss reveals a universal dimension, the eternal quest of men and women for someplace else, spiritual or physical, using as language the rhythm, that which unites and moves the bodies. Fouad Boussouf stands behind a kind of hip-hop that is strongly anchored in its tribal African roots.

Compagnie Massala

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 / Institut Français de Marrakech

Financial support
ADAMI / Conseil départemental du Val-de-Marne / Région Ile-de-France / Ville de Vitry-sur-Seine / La SPEDIDAM / L’Institut Français

Residencies / Support
La Briqueterie – CDC du Val-de-Marne / POC d’Alfortville / Centre National de la Danse / Le FLOW – Pôle Culture Ville de Lille / Cirque Shems’y – Salé, Maroc / La Royal Air Maroc

“…NÄSS is a celebration. This is men in unity, exploring their weaknesses and strengths and supporting one another; a world apart from stereotypical machismo.
From simmering aggression to despair, the rhythms and movements of NÄSS connect us all at an instinctive human level. It is a remarkable and universal piece in which everyone can find his or her place. “ VANESSA MUDD, THE CULTURE VULTURE –

“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 hands.” KELLY APTER, SPRINGBACK MAGAZINE

3/09/2019  Norrlandsoperan, Umeå, Sweden
6-7/09/19  Dansens Hus, Oslo, Norway
16/09/19 – 18/10/19  Sweden Tour – Dancenet Sweden
22/10/19  Chai du Terral, Saint-Jean-de-Védas
15/11/19  L’Alpillium, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
20 – 21/11/19  La Filature, scène nationale, Mulhouse
22/11/19  Espace Culturel Boris Vian, Les Ulis
29 – 30/11/19  Théâtre de St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, scène nationale
6 – 7/12/19  Les Rencontres transmusicales de Rennes 
12/12/19  December Dance, Bruges, Belgium
4/02/20  Espace Michel-Simon, Noisy-le-Grand
7/03/20  KVS – Brussels City Theatre, Festival Lezarts Urbains, Brussels, Belgium
17/03/20  Le Moulin du Roc, scène nationale de Niort (canceled)
21/03/20  Festival Le Grand Bain, La Nouvelle Scène – Est de la Somme & Le Gymnase CDCN de Roubaix (canceled)
4/04/20 Osterfestival, Hall in Tirol, Austria (canceled)
19/05/20  Théatre de l’Olivier, Istres 
28 – 29/05/20  CCAM de Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy, scène nationale
6/06/20, Cádiz en Danza, Spain
29/06-4/07/20, Festival des 7 Collines, Saint-Etienne

13/01/18  POC, Alfortville
23/01/18  Théâtre des Bergeries, Noisy-le-Sec 
20/02/18  Festival Hip Open Dance, Maison Folie Wazemmes, Lille
16/03/18  Salle Jacques Brel, Fontenay-sous-Bois
23/03/18  Aerowaves Spring Forward Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria 
29/03/18  Festival Moving-Futures, Amsterdam, Netherlands
30/03/18  Centre Communal Culturel d’Orly
8-9/04/18 Théâtre Jean Vilar, Vitry-sur-Seine
03/05/18  Le Prisme, Élancourt
31/05/18  Le Manège, scène nationale de Reims
01/06/18  Théâtre André Malraux Chevilly-Larue

03/11/18  Tanzfestival Rhein-Main, Darmstadt, Germany
24/11/18  International Dance Theater Festival, Lublin, Poland
29/11/18  Théâtre Jacques Carat, Cachan
30/11/18  Festival Kalypso, L’Embarcadère, Aubervilliers 
01/12/18  Les Nuits d’Orient, Grand Théâtre – Opéra de Dijon 
29/01/19  Théâtre d’Arles
01/02/19  Théâtre de Brétigny
02/02/19  Riley Theatre, NSCD, Leeds, UK
21/03/19  Teatro dell’Aquila, Fermo, Italy
23/03/19  Teatro Rossini, Pesaro, Italy
02/04/19  Le Safran, Amiens 
03 – 05/04/19  CDCN Pôle Sud, Strasbourg 
18/04/19  Biennale de Danse du Val-de-Marne, Maisons-Alfort
18 – 19/05/19  Le French May Festival, Hong Kong 
24/05/19  ARC for Dance Festival, Athens, Greece
05/06/19  June Events, Festival de l’Atelier de Paris
13/06/19  Festival Perspectives, Saarbrucken, Germany 
10 – 20/07/19  Les Hivernales, CDCN d’Avignon
21/07/19  San Vincenti Festival, Croatia
28/07/19  Beijing Dance Festival, Beijing, China
02 – 03/08/19  Shanghai International Dance Center, China