Dance Talks:  John Scott in conversation with Nacera Belaza

Thu 2 Feb 2017
18:30 - 19:30

John Scott will be in conversation with DI International Guest Artist Nacera Belaza on approaches to constructing work.

 Nacera Belaza
Born in Algeria, Nacera Belaza moved to France at the age of five, where she studied French literature, before focusing on dance and establishing her own company in 1989. Belaza works with dancers from Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt, and Palestine and has performed internationally in Europe, Africa, Asia, Indonesia, and North America. In France, Belaza has performed at Montpellier Danse (2006), Rencontres Seine-Saint-Denis (2008, 2010), Festival of Avignon (2009, 2012) and Biennale de la danse de Lyon (2010). For her work, Belaza has received the 2008 Prix de la Revelation Choregraphique by the French Critics Syndicate and a 2009 Award La Danse in Quebec. Her latest works include Le Cri (2008), Les Sentinelles and Le Temps Scellé (2010), and Le Trait (2012). Today, Belaza lives and works in Paris and Algiers.

John Scott
Dublin born, a graduate of English Literature and Classics at University College Dublin and dance at Irish National College of Dance, apprenticing with Dublin City Ballet. He later studied with Pablo Vela, Meredith Monk, Susan Buirge (Fondation Royaumont), Julian Beck and Judith Malina (Living Theatre). He performed in Meredith Monk’s Quarry(Spoleto Festival) and for Yoshiko Chuma, Sarah Rudner, Anna Sokolow and Thomas Lehmen. He recently collaborated with Pan Pan Theatre on Beckett’s ‘QUAD’. His work has been performed at Ireland’s Abbey Theatre on the Peacock stage, Dublin Dance Festival, Galway International Arts Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Tiger Dublin Fringe, Ireland. Internationally at New York Live Arts, La MaMa, Danspace Project at St Mark’s Church, PS 122, New York and Dance Base, Edinburgh, Capital Nights Manchester, Les Hivernales, Avignon, Tanzmesse Dusseldorf, Forum Cultural Mundial, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and throughout Europe. He has also created works for Blanca Arrietta company, Spain and Conservatoire National Supérieur, Paris. John is a guest teacher at Irish World Academy, University of Limerick, Drama Department UCD. John has been awarded the African Refugee Network’s Culture Award for his work with Refugees and Survivors of Torture. John is also one of the subjects of Saddlers Wells’ 52 Portraits with Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargin and Hugo Glendinning. 

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