"create emptiness inside of you,
erase ideas, personality..."
After the performance of Le cri on October 19th, 2010 (see here), Nacera Belaza met the audience for a brief talk. Her work method is as interesting as her piece. "What did you do at the beginning of this piece?", asked the interviewer. "I try to empty my body and soul, make room...", she replied. In other wrods, she attempts to put her body in a different state, preparing it for a different approach to movement. The use of repetition is particularly stricking and functional: "Repetition is important to stop thinking and stop the audience from thinking", she added. Belaza studied traditional dances, because she believes that "dance is about observing and putting oneself in a state...". According to her, the use of repetition enables her to go to another place and to open a relationship with something or someone. Her goal is to be free and her belief is that "every aspect of movement is an aspect of the human being". Behind this approach is her idea to build a structure, she is not interested in choreography, but in building structures. In this sense, there have to be strict rules in order to achieve this result as her movement is not natural and spontaneous, but, as has been said, is the result of a specific and profound study.