CHATHA / Aïcha M'Barek & Hafiz Dhaou


Choreographers Aïcha M’Barek and Hafiz Dhaou are residents at Moussem this summer. They will work at their newest creation Sacré Printemps that will be presented in Lyon in November.


Aïcha M’Barek and Hafiz Dhaou were both born in Tunis, and they have been creating dances together since 1995. Having first studied at the Music and Dance Conservatory of Tunis, Aïcha joined Hafiz as a member of the Sybel Ballet Théâtre, before working on a Masters degree in Art and Culture (Lyon 2). In 1995, the two artists toured with the Sybel Ballet Théâtre under the direction of Syhem Belkhodja, while at the same time studying cinematography at the Institut Maghrébin de Cinéma in Tunis.

In 2000, Hafiz and Aïcha received a grant from the IFC of Tunis to study at the CNDC in Angers. In 2001, each began creating independent pieces: the quartet Inta Omri for Hafiz, and Essanaï (The craftsman) for Aïcha. A year later, Aïcha created the solo Le Télégramme, and Hafiz created the solo Zenzena (The Cell), both dealing with the idea of imprisonment, and both receiving favourable reviews from the jury at the CNDC/Angers. In 2003, Hafiz went to study in the Exerce programme under the direction of Mathilde Monnier, where he created a piece for seven dancers, h.M, seeking out sensitive areas in the masculine gender. In 2004, the two artists created the duo Khallini Aïch under the auspices of the Repérages Danse à Lille, exploring touch and the intimacy of the couple in confrontation.
In 2005 they decided to create the Company CHATHA, bringing together their artistic aspirations. They create several pieces and in 2011 they are invited by Okwi Enwezor to participate at 'Meeting Point 6'. Also in 2011 and in 2012 they become artistic directors of the 10th and 11th edition of the 'Rencontres Choréographiques de Carthage'. From September 2014 they will be associated artists of the 'Maison de la danse de Lyon'.