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Projet Shapers

Training, creation and cooperation across the Mediterranean for contemporary dance in public space and unusual locations

Shapers cooperation project stems from a long standing commitment of partners from both shores of the Mediterranean ; choreographers, festivals, venues for artistic residencies : Ex Nihilo (Marseilles), Rézodanse (Alexandria), Momkin – espaces de possibles (Marseilles) and Nassim el Raqs festival (Alexandria), Mes de Danza, International Contemporary Dance Festival (Seville), Espace Darja (Casablanca), Zvrk Festival, International Contemporary Dance Festival (Sarajevo), In’8 circle – maison de production (Marseilles). These partners are willing to give a long term perspective to questions of training, to accompany emerging artistic dynamics in public spaces across the Mediterranean, to share and promote the values of exchange, equal cooperation and citizenship.

From April 2016 to September 2018, eight young dancers from Egypt, France, Spain and Morocco will be trained through their participation in the creation of a dance work, questioning their relationship to the city, to the locations, to passers-by, to the public space. Traveling across the Mediterranean region and Europe, always challenging their dance in new contexts, developing a particular relationship with site specific work over time.

Around this creation, a series of projects emerge to link operators, artists and audiences, enabling each of them to learn from shared experiences through an equal and sustainable Euro-Mediterranean cooperation ; meeting with those who share our thoughts on the matter : artists, journalists, researchers, trainers, architects, urban developers, …

Shapers was developed through the collaboration of all the co-organising partners in 2015. However, the partners left some room for possible future collaborations, as well as some flexibility in the running of the project, to allow as wide a space as possible for collaboration at the grass-root level, and adjust the project throughout its unfolding.

Shapers à Mes de Danza 2016


Cité des Arts de la Rue [Marseille, France] Residency : 18th of January / 2nd of February 2017

Espace Darja [Casablanca, Morocco] Resdiency and public presentation : 27th of February / 7th of March

On Marche ! [Marrakech, Morocco] Residency and pre premiere : 7th till the 12th of March

Nassim el Raqs [Alexandria, Egypt] Residency : 24th of April till the 8th of May Premiere : the 9th of May, within the Day of Europe

Summer 2017 : Shapers on tour ! dates has to be confirmed

Zvrk [Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina] Partners meeting : 28th and 29th of September 2017 Shapers, performance on tour at Sarajevo : 30th September and 1st of Octobe (date has to be confirmed)

Mes de Danza [Sevilla, Spain] Masterclass : 28th of October / 1st of November Tour in Spain (date has to be confirmed)


Mes de Danza, Contemporary Dance Festival (Seville, Spain) Audition
17 and 18 October 2016
Artistic residency and public presentation
From 19 to 28 October 2016
The dancers taking part in the project will be attending the festival’s various activities, such as ‘Dance in unusual locations’ (performances, meetings)
From 9 October to 1 November 2016

Espace Darja (Casablanca, Morocco)
Workshop and audition : selection of the 2 Moroccan dancers
From 26 September to 9 October 2016

Tanzmesse in Düsseldorf (Germany)
Project presentation by the organising partners during the Tanzmesse
From 31 August to 2 September 2016

Nassim el Raqs (Alexandria, Egypt)
Workshop and audition : selection of the 2 Egyptian dancers
From 16 to 27 April 2016

This project receive the support of the European Union through the programme Creative Europe 2016-2018

Partners on 2015 : Institut Français / City of Marseille [Ex Nihilo] CCFD, Terres Solidaires [Festival Nassim El Raqs] AMA, Art Moves Africa [Espace Darja] Acción Cultural Española (ACE), programme « Visiteurs » [Trans-Forma]

Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

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