Master Class with Hind Benali and Soufiane Karim: Contemporary Dance and the Traditional Lens
Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn
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The presentation of Fleur D’Orange Hind Benali, Artistic Director, is part of Center Stage, a public-private cultural exchange by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with additional support from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council. General Management for Center Stage is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.
Hind Benal is a determined pioneer for contemporary dance within a culture where women do not dance publicly. As an independent artist incorporated as Fleur d’Orange, she has taken modern dance to public spaces in Morocco—historic sites, city parks, and theaters—has founded and produced an international dance festival (one of the very few in her homeland), and provides a creative home for many of Morocco’s contemporary, beat and hip-hop dancers and musicians.
Her individual style stems from years of study and performing modern dance in Europe mixed with inspiration from her own roots and explorations into sub-Saharan African traditions and contemporary practices. Thematically, her work tackles societal limitations and reflects a personal struggle to reconcile being a practicing Muslim and an open-minded artist who uses her body to express ideas.