Compagnie Massala

Compagnie Massala


About the Company

Founded by Fouad Boussouf The Massala Company exists since 2006 under the sign of cultural mixing, borrows cultures as diverse as hip-hop, contemporary dance and new circus. His creations testify to this inclination to mix styles, artistic practices, with a speech by sharing emotions and expertise related to the medium of personal expression that is dance commitment. Since its inception, the Company conducts Massala projects in various fields. With this multitude of projects, wants to encourage the creation, cultural activities and training Boussouf Fouad, choreographer, dancer and teacher, has followed several courses in dance, especially modern dance, while perfecting his technique in hip-hop . This journey has led him to a resolutely modern creative process, between the hip-hop dance and contemporary dance.

About the Piece

Compagnie Massala, CCN de la Rochelle, Fontenay-en-Scènes, Conseil général du Val-de-Marne, Conseil général de l’Essonne, ADAMI, Région Ile-de-France, La Briqueterie – CDC du Val-de-Marne, Théâtre Jean Vilar de Vitry-sur-Seine

My entire childhood was cradled by the great classics of Arabic music, from the Maghreb to the Middle East, Oum Kalsoum, Farid El-Atrache, etc. Tinged with nostalgia, this music takes me back to a state of mind constructed from memories as sweet as they are innocent, contrasting completely with my adolescence lived to the rhythm of hip hop dance and music.

Today by way of my choreography I want to re-explore this double culture, a legacy simultaneously societal, linguistic and musical. The recent events grouped together under the label of “Arab Spring” were a trigger. I want to probe the question of mental revolutions and metamorphoses taking place in the body. This investigation also brings me back to the existential question of identity.

I was inspired by the North African rites that allow one to enter into the second state called “trance”, and by the more contemplative esoteric tradition of whirling Dervishes. These states of mind and body are apparently a path for liberating oneself from earthly concerns. This gives rise to a first form of metamorphosis – regulating respiration, breath, repetitive motion, and the concept of the group.

This results in a choreography where the search for harmony between human beings and the creation of a homogenous collective are constants. The individuals turn in circles to better find themselves, at the same time, in the same universe, savouring the pleasure of continuous movement, infinite, inalterably sociable, a quest for balance.

Recited on stage in Arabic, Mahmoud Darwich’s poetry reverberates as words in revolt juxtaposed with the chatter of movement. The music, repetitive and hypnotic, lures the dancers towards body states pushed to extremes – frozen in place, or struggling vigorously in a mad desire to defy the world, swinging from uncontrolled trance to a feeling of exaltation.

It is within this space-time continuum that Transe finds its way, a flexible forum for expression shaping understanding between people, between the force of bodies in motion and the powerful soaring flight of words.


Type: Selected Companies 
Country of origin: France 
Interpreted by: Soukaina Alami, Fouad Boussouf, Guillaume Chan Ton, Bruno Domingues Torres, In Hoon Galmin, Angela Vanoni, Teddy Verardo