Contemporary hip hop
Led by Fouad Boussouf, Massala Dance Company presents Näss(People), an original ensemble piece exploring the cross-cultural influences of North African dance and contemporary hip hop.
First you will hear the rhythm, immemorial and haunting. On these beats, seven male dancers come together, mixing hip hop and traditional dance patterns. Näss(people)’s powerful communion takes you to the streets of Morocco where modernity and traditions meet which makes the hip hop dance unique.
Acrobatics, rotations of continuous heads, and physical power, these are the spectacular movements that let dancers push and pull, tug and heave, spin and flip, spring and collapse, in a rhythmic odyssey that draws audiences into a vibrant adventure of dance fusion that is at the same time modern and fundamentally anchored in the traditions of Moroccan society.
Massala Dance Company
Choreographer : Fouad Boussouf
A choreographer, dancer and teacher, Fouad Boussouf founded Massala Dance Company25 in 2006, bringing together hip-hop, contemporary dance, North African traditional dances and new circus. Born in Morocco, Fouad moved to France in 1983 and began learning hip-hop, modern jazz and circus. From 1997 he pursued his training in Paris, focusing on contemporary dance and hip-hop.
Fouad Boussouf holds an MA and a Master in Social Sciences from the University of Paris XII, Créteil, where he also teaches on Dance and World Cultures. He has worked in various dance conservatories around Paris and regularly leads workshops in France and abroad. As a performer, Fouad has collaborated with Ahmed Lahcen, Farid Berki, Pierre Doussaint, Trick Nasty Crew and Mega Jjam.
Since the establishment of Massala Company in 2006, Fouad Boussouf has created several multi-disciplinary dance performances including Zoom, Deviation, Témoin(s), A Condition, Afflux, Concept Lavoir, Transe, The Elements, Esperluette, Le Moulin du Diable and Näss.
Massala’s performances have received critical acclaim in France, Europe, The Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa. The company’s latest performance Näss (2018) was selected by Aerowaves European dance network for the 2018 edition of the Spring Forward Festival/Showcase and is currently receiving requests for touring from around the world.