Nacera Belaza
Sur Le Fil, La Nuit, and La Traversée

Algerian-born dancer and choreographer Nacera Belaza presents three of her acclaimed works. Her feminist, minimalist choreography emerges from an awareness of the body, of space, and of interior emptiness.

Sur le Fil, encompasses all humanity, from a teenager’s bedroom to death row. Belaza applies a rigorous set of rules to both the body and mind of three dancers, who achieve an ecstatic-like state on stage. In doing so they verge on the threshold of escape or transcendence for both performer and the viewer.

On Saturday, October 6, Belaza offers a potent tryptich of Sur le Fil, alongside La Nuit, a solo danced by Belaza that delves into both the intimately personal and the infinitely universal, and La Traversée, in which the progression and memory of gestures and movements are passed along through ritual and inheritance.

Choreography, Sound & Light Design: Nacera Belaza
Sur le fil: Nacera Belaza, Aurélie Berland, Dalila Belaza
La Nuit: Nacera Belaza
La traversée: Dalila Belaza, Aurélie Berland
Technician: Christophe Renaud
45 minutes on Oct 4 & Oct 5; 90 minutes on Oct 6; no late seating
Tickets $15–$22

Danspace Project
St. Mark’s Church
131 East 10th Street
New York, NY 10003
Co-presented with Danspace Project
Presented as part of BRIDGING: An International Dialogue on Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts, an initiative co-developed and supported by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations

Supported by the Institut français-Paris
The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations

About the Artist

Born in Algeria, Nacera Belaza has been living in France since the age of five. After her studies in modern literature at the Université de Reims, she created her own dance company in 1989. In 2008, she was honored with the Prix de la révélation chorégraphique de l'année du Syndicat de la critique for her work Le Cri. She was appointed Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in January 2015, and in 2017 she received the choreographer award from the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques. In France, Belaza’s company is regularly invited to major venues and festivals. Belaza founded an artistic cooperative in Algeria and has been in charge of the program at the contemporary dance festival "Le Temps dansé."