Destins Croisés

Le sacre de Lila

Available to tour for seasons: 2023-24, 2022-23

Photo credit

Performer(s) in the photo: Rodrigo Alvarenga-Bonilla, Gabriel Jobin, Yassine Khyar, Etienne Léonard Benoit, Alexandre Wilhelm, Léo Coupal-Lafleur

Photographer: Sylvie-Ann Paré




60 min.

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All Audiences


Contemporary, Street Dance, Official selection Parcours Danse 2023


Inspired by the Lila ceremonies, traditional mystical and musical celebrations of his native Morocco, Ismaël Mouaraki, in his new creation, explores trance and spirituality with a group of male dancers. Through them, it is also his own journey that he retraces before the eyes of the public.

In Arabic, lila means “night”. These ceremonies are nocturnal rituals of spiritual healing, combining song, dance and music, traditionally found in the Sufi communities of Maghreb. Ismaël transposes the rites and codes of these danced rituals on stage, revealing the sensitivity and sensuality of the male body. Tinted with the tastes and colors of Morocco, the artists transform the show into a moment of true celebration, where the exaltation of the body unfolds through contagious energy.

Le sacre de Lila is a very personal project that the French-Moroccan-Canadian choreographer Ismaël Mouaraki has been imagining for many years. The idea was born from his childhood memories of Maghreb, revealing his deep connection with Morocco and the Arab world, intertwined with evocations of France, where he was born, and Quebec, where he is watching his family grow old.

Three territories, anchored and impregnated in his body. This work is very symbolic: it underlines Ismaël Mouaraki’s 25 years of immigration and the 20th anniversary of his company Destins Croisés. A celebration of the path he has taken and the deeply human journey he wishes to share today.


Ismaël Mouaraki


A creation by Ismael Mouaraki in collaboration with the artists; Performers: Rodrigo Alvarenga-Bonilla, Léo Coupal-Lafleur, Danny Morissette, Alexandre Wilhelm, Etienne Léonard Benoit, Gabriel Jobin, Yassine Khyar, Soufiane Faouzi Mrani; Lighting : Rodolphe St-Arneault; Scenographer and Costume Design: Marilène Bastien; Music: Antoine Berthiaume with the participation of the association Salamate Gnawa Montreal; Artistic Advisors and Rehearsal Direction: Geneviève Boulet, Annie Gagnon; Production manager: Matéo Chauchat; Administrative manager: Lydie Revez; Photos: Sylvie-Ann Paré; Graphic design: Thomas Roy Bourdages; Coproducer : Agora de la danse; Partners: Agora de la danse, Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, Association Col’Jam (Les Rencontres Chorégraphiques de Casablanca), Ensemble de musique du monde Oktoécho, Archipel


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