Morocco cycle


visuel de l'affiche du cycle Maroc Izlan

Show, talks, and film

Berber songs, poetry and dance. The Atlas Mountains and the Moroccan desert.

from Friday November 27th to Saturday December 5th 2009

Artistic directors: Alain Weber and Lahsen Hira

This show, especially created for the musée du quai Branly, was designed to pay homage to the poetic wealth of the Amazigh (Berber) culture.
Huddled in little villages disseminated throughout the valleys of the Moroccan Atlas mountains or in the desert plain of the Souss, the Berber population developed a culture remarkable for its diversity and splendor.

The most profound expression of the Berber soul lies in the music and songs passed on from generation to generation and continually reinvented. It is inspired by the striking beauty of the rural country and the difficulty of day-to-day life, calling on a certain prosaic poetry.

Izlan, imurig, urar, isfra…these different terms from spoken Berber indicate the art of versification. Fundamentally oral, poetry is the expression of people who are often illiterate, but gifted with clairvoyance and an infinitely rich literary expression.

Poetry in the Berber world is linked to the song and dance governed by the beat of the bendir and that overlaps daily village life. A forum for the expression of identity, poetry accompanies in everyone from birth to death (from lullabies to funerary songs), punctuates daily work (labor and harvests), animates and directs rituals and rites of passage (marriage), constitutes the beating heart of festive ceremonies (ahwach and other collective dances)…

The poet or poetess reveals him/herself as a veritable carrier of words; they make themselves the echo of the difficulties of their community, by formulating its sentiments, its morale, its vision of the world, and its diverse positions in the face of local, national, and even international realities. For, if a Berber poetry of the rural world exists, there is another city version imprinted with a cosmopolitan modernity.

With Raysa Fatima Tabaamrant, Rays Said Outajjajt, Rays Moulay Hmad Ihihi, les Cheikhates du Moyen Atlas, Mint Aichata.



8 shows at the Claude Lévi-Strauss Theater
•    Friday, November 27th at 8 pm
•    Saturday, November 28th, 2009 at 8 pm
•    Sunday, November 29th, 2009 at 5 pm
•    Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 at 8 pm
•    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 at 8 pm
•    Thursday, December 3rd, 2009 at 8 pm
•    Friday, December 4th, 2009 at 8 pm
•    Saturday, December 5th, 2009 at 8 pm

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listen to Mint Aichata

listen to Rayssa Fatima Tabaamrant

this song is from the album Taghlaghalt ou l'écho de l'Atlas, available at the Museum's bookstore.