â€¢ An exhibition suggested by Thomas Ladenburger
â€¢ Private view on Wednesday 9 December, at 18h00
Marrakech, 2 December 2015- Dar Bellarj Foundation organizes the exhibition Al Halqa â€“ the Human Treasuries of Jemaa El Fna, from 10 December 2015 to 1st May 2016 at Dar Bellarj. The private view will take place on 9 December 2015 starting from 18h00, in the presence of artists and Hlaiqi of the famous square of Marrakech.
Around the Halqa, the circle of public which is formed around an artist in Jamaa El Fna Square, the manifestation suggests an exploration of this ancient millennium phenomenon from different points of views, a phenomenon that has resisted since the invention of printing, cinema and television and is currently confronted to new challenges with internet and social networks.
In the salons of Dar Bellarj, photos, videos and sound recordings which are chosen carefully give a new idea to the representations of Jemaa El Fna as well as to the patio itself, will be an open scene to different views and representations untill the month of May.
On one hand, the visitors will discover the perspectives of Hlaiqi, squareâ€™s artists who will be invited to present and talk about their art, from whom they have inherited it and to whom and how they transmit it. On the other hand, they can know the views of historians, philosophers and thinkers of the oral tradition and theatrical forms, but also projections of Moroccan and foreign artists who are invited to appropriate and restore this millenary tradition and to put it to the test of a contemporary questioning.
In parallel with the exhibition and the rendezvous program in the patio of Dar Bellerj, a virtual museum of the square will be online on www.jemaaelfna.com . The website already contains an archive of photos, videos and recordings of tales and it has vocation to survive and be developed thanks to the contributions of internet users. A â€œhistory boxâ€ invites the visitor to become himself a storyteller to carry on the tradition and to give a framework and a visibility to this art and inscribe it in continuity. Every recorded and filmed tale will be immediately online on the website of the virtual museum.
This project is the fruit of the meeting with the documentary filmmaker Thomas Ladenburger, Director of Al Halqa film, who collected during 10 years of work, this exceptional documentation. The exhibition revives the spirit initiated by the founder of Dar Bellarj Suzanna Biedermann: â€œbring out of its context a gesture, a tradition, an artistic or artisanal practice, a material or immaterial Moroccan patrimony to render it visible in a different way and interrogate itâ€.
The exhibition has previously been presented at Ethnologischen Museum Dahlem of Berlin and it was very successful.
On the Program of December 2016 to May 2016
Conferences and meetings:
– Juan Goytisolo, Spanish writer who initiated and contributed in naming Jamaa El Fna square an oral patrimony of humanity by the UNESCO.
9 December at 19h30.
– Ouidad Teba, professor and president of popular arts foundation of Morocco. Conference on â€œthe formation and oralityâ€.
26 February 2016 at 19h00
– Hamid Triki, Moroccan historian. Conference on : Â« the history of Jamaa El Fna square Â»
25 March at 19h00
– Ahmed Skounti, anthropologist, professor-researcher and UNESCO consultant for cultural patrimony.
Conference on â€œthe immaterial patrimony of Jamaa El Fna and the UNESCOâ€
29 April 2016 at 19h00
Al Halqa in Dar Bellarj:
– The Halqa of Hmad ou Moussa. â€œfrom a confraternity to a halqaâ€
9 December 2015 at 18h30.
– The Halqa of the storyteller: Al Hakawati, â€œstoryteller from father to daughterâ€. Rendezvous with a halqa of tale performed by the daughter of storyteller Abderrahim El Maqori
25 December 2015 at 18h00.
– The Halqa with Hamid Triki. Historian storyteller: â€œunprecedented tale of the beginning of the 20th centuryâ€
29 December 2016 at 18h30
– The Halqa of the magician, Mustapha El Hanch and his magical powers to survive in the square of Jemaa El Fna
11 February 2016 at 18h00
– The Halqa of Aissawa, the snake charmers. The transmission of a tradition and a know-how.
11 March 2016 at 18h00.
– The Halqa honoring the Hlaiqis : Melhoune night of singing tale â€œwith Ahmed Souhoumâ€ Melhoune of Essaouira
7 May 2016
Program during Marrakech biennale MB6 of contemporary art
– Transformed narration, a series of performances, conversations and a sound installation examining the orality in contemporary art proposed by Heidi Brunnsch Weiler, curator of contemporary art.
– Martina-Sofie Widberger, Swiss artist, living in Paris and New York
Gestures poetic, project of performances exploring the nonverbal aspects of the art of tale.
MB6 (Marrakech Biennale 6), opening ceremony, 24-28 February 2016 and 27-30 April 2016.
David Mollin and SalomÃ© Voeglin, Swiss-British artists, living in London.
Factual Dispersion, Poetic Compression: LANGUAGES OF EXILE, sound installation, live performances based on poems of Syrian women.
MB6, opening week, 24 â€“ 28 February 2016 and 29 February – 8 May 2016
HanakoGeierhos, German artist living in Berlin
Babel of languages, creating a space of action with performances, conferences, conversations and social events which give the floor to the marginalized and to the polyphony.
MB6, opening week, 24 â€“ 28 February 2016
Dar Bellarj_CONVERSATION, Every Thursday from 16h to 19h
29 Februaryâ€“8 May 2016, 3 March, 10 March, 17 March, 31 March, 7 April, 14 April, 21 April, 28 April, 5 May.