Today is a beautiful day

Today is a beautiful day

Youness Aboulakoul / Dancing on the Edge

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Dance performance with subtle treatment of violence

Today Is a Beautiful Day to resonate in your bodies, long after having left the theater. In his solo Youness Aboulakoul investigates the impact of violence in our bodies and explores its movement in a never-ending chain of actions or constant transformations. How violence stores itself in our bodies and keeps spiraling between its objects and vibrating in the very subject it subjects. Memories are like invisible imprints, often keeping alive in embodied gestures and movement patterns. What is the matter that violence is made of and how can we grass its ephemeral nature, exactly when it constantly changes its forms and ways of appearance?

In a dark room, Aboulakoul experiments the possible contours of violence, articulating its shapes and forms. Today is a Beautiful Day is an eternal beginning. The movement of violence into our consciousness, a powerful and yet curiously fragile dispositive, a stage for its very own unraveling.

Youness Aboulakoul is a choreographer, performer and musician showing a particular interest towards the interaction between different artistic disciplines at the crossroads of visual, sound and performing arts.

concept, choreography & performance Youness Aboulakoul assistant Youness Atbane lighting design Omar Boukdeir sound design Zouheir Atbane, Youness Aboulakoul dramaturgy Gabrielle Cram co-production Centre chorégraphique de Montpellier, Les subsistances, Institut Français du Maroc, Centre Chorégraphique National de Roubaix, CCN de Belfort, Dancing on the Edge / Het Huis Utrecht supporter the Association Beaumarchais-SACD



Born in Casablanca, Youness Aboulakoul lives and works in Paris. He makes his debut as a performer at a very young age, exploring hip-hop and Moroccan traditional dance, followed by formal training in contemporary dance at the Casablanca Conservatory. As a performer, he works with several dance companies and choreographers from Morocco and Europe, such as Olivier Dubois, Khalid Benghrib, Rosa Sanchez and Alain Baumann, Radhouane El Meddeb or Christian Rizzo. In 2010, Youness Aboulakoul starts developing his own work as a choreographer, signing his first duet Logos, followed by Les Architects (2018), in collaboration with choreographer and visual artist Youness Atbane. Youness Aboulakoul is also a sound designer. Passionate about electronic music, his work is inspired by the richness of Moroccan music and the sounds of electro world, mixing these two sources of inspiration in order to develop his own sonic universe. He composed original scores for several choreographic and cinematographic productions. 

As a choreographer, performer and musician, Youness Aboulakoul shows a particular interest towards the interaction between different artistic disciplines, encouraging the expansion of artistic practice at the crossroads of visual, sound and performing arts. This plural vision of the creative act seeks to expand the boundaries of contemporary dance, thus allowing the emergence of new forms of artistic expression.


45 minuten
world premiere
with after talk