"On Marche" Festival in Marrakech

The 17th edition of the International Contemporary Dance Festival "On Marche" will take place from March 1 to 9 in Marrakech, under the theme "Spirituality in Contemporary Dance". The festival, initiated by choreographer Taoufiq Izeddiou, is supported by several institutions, including the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication, the French Institute, and the Marrakech-Safi Regional Council.

"On Marche" is an important cultural event both nationally and internationally, attracting dance enthusiasts, art professionals, and an audience interested in new trends in contemporary dance. This edition invites reflection on spirituality in dance, considered as both an individual mystical quest and a collective celebration.

The festival will feature performances by renowned dance companies from Morocco, Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia, France, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Canada, and the Republic of Korea. Events will be held in various venues across Marrakech, including the Bahia Palace and the French Institute.

The program also includes workshops, conferences, and meetings with artists, as well as a forum on the role of dance in the Moroccan intellectual space. The "Taklîf" award, dedicated to new choreographers, will also be presented for the second consecutive year.

Taoufiq Izeddiou is a Moroccan choreographer renowned for his significant contribution to the art of contemporary dance, particularly in Morocco and the Arab world. Born in Marrakech, Izeddiou began his dance career exploring various styles before focusing on contemporary dance. He is best known for being the founder and artistic director of the Festival International de Danse Contemporaine "On Marche", an annual event held in Marrakech. The festival plays a key role in promoting contemporary dance in Morocco and provides a platform for local and international artists to showcase their work.