• Ottof



Bouchra Ouizguen / Compagnie O (Mar)



‘Ottof’ – busy ants – that is how Bouchra Ouizguen calls a group of older women with whom she has worked for years. No ordinary dancers but aïta’s who traditionally entertain the (male) audiences at (wedding) parties with their loud singing and their physical candor. Admired at these occasions but excluded in everyday life because of their self-assured attitude. With the help of this close-knit group Ouizguen examines the role of an aïta and more generally that of a woman in a Moroccan society. In ‘Ottof’ we see the individual confronted with the judgment of the outside world and the power the human voice has in connecting.

Nicely unsettling performance playing on clichés and expectations.” (Dave Schwab, programmer at Theater Rotterdam)

choreography Bouchra Ouizguen, vocals and dance Bouchra Ouizguen, Kabboura Aït Ben Hmad, Fatéma El Hanna, Halima Sahmoud and Fatna Ibn El Khatyb, photo Hasnae El Ouarga

Explore Festival
Explore Festival is a cooperation involving nine Dutch theatres aimed at showing productions from other cultures and far-away places in the Netherlands. The productions in the festival allow us to see what is happening in theatres elsewhere on the planet. The festival programmes productions by makers with (to us) unusual, exciting perspectives. There are many of these, and with unfamiliar codes and a different (theatrical) language, their work has a great capacity to surprise us.

In Amsterdam, two productions will be performed in Frascati and two in the Stadsschouwburg. The productions Ottof and Softmachine can be seen in Frascati, while during the same two weeks the productions La Dictadura de lo Cool and Under Siege will be presented in the Stadsschouwburg.

Take advantage of the special combined tickets and visit La Dictaduro de lo Cool or Under Siege in combination with Ottof or Softmachine. Two shows for just €37.50! How does it work? When ordering tickets for La Dictadura de lo Cool and Under Siege, simply select a 'combined ticket' down below 'kaartsoort' and there you go!



Bouchra Ouizguen geldt als één van de meest vooraanstaande choreografen van haar generatie en haar werk wordt wereldwijd gepresenteerd. In de hoofdzakelijk mannelijke kunstwereld van haar geboorteland zorgen Ouizguen en haar performers voor een krachtige vrouwelijke stem. Emancipatoir, maar met liefde en respect voor het culturele erfgoed. Naast zang en dans is haar voorliefde voor film, literatuur en beeldende kunst duidelijk terug te vinden in haar werk. Ouizguen werkte eerder samen met onder andere Taoufiq Izeddiou, Boris Charmatz en Mathilde Monnier. Met Compagnie O, opgericht in 2011, maakte zij de voorstellingen Voyage Cola, HA!, Corbeaux en Madame Plaza.


Explore Festival

Ottof is part of the Explore Festival

We Are Public

Part of the We Are Public program