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Espectros de Marruecos
Specters of Morocco

Performance, 30 min, 2020
In collaboration with Ali El Aziz (performer) and Claire Chassot (scenography and costumes).

The performance proposes to make contact with the ghosts and fantasies that the Spanish colonial gaze has produced on Morocco over the last centuries and to question their persistence nowadays. The text meanders between times, geographies and literary genres, including excerpts of archival documents, news, reminiscences of my research in Northern Morocco and insights of actor Ali El Aziz’ biography and professional experience in Spain. During the course of the lecture, the performers convoke a range of stereotypes about the Moroccan Other (the so-called “Moros”) that still pervade Spanish society, as well as historical figures (romantic writer Pedro de Alarcón and general Prim), an orientalist sculpture, an anonymous Spanish soldier on its way to the Rif War and a Moroccan teenager met at the gates of Ceuta. The voices and viewpoints shift along the performance, at times bringing into light discomfortable positions, while the relation of the performers slowly evolve –their bodies and gazes avoiding or confronting each other, but ultimately also sharing complicity. Through different ways of talking about and embodying past and recent events, the work approaches entangled questions such as racism, exoticism, migration and tourism, while exploring the performative qualities of distance, proximity, trust and alterity.

Views of the performance at the loading docks of the National Archive of Catalonia. As part of the cycle "On és la performance" organized by Centre d'Art Maristany, Sant Cugat (2020). Photos by Eva Carasol.