IRTIJAL – improvisation in Arabic – is a Moroccan association, based in Rabat, but active throughout Morocco.
Founded and guided by Nezha Rhondali, the company welcomes dancers from different backgrounds, mixing professionals and amateurs, in order to set up improvisational dance performances and actions in so-called “non-scenic” spaces. These interventions invite the public to question themselves on committed themes, notably the question of gender, feminism, the environment, the place of human beings in the city, etc.
The association launches activities of proximity, based on the principles of artistic, social and environmental experimentation and on “what already exists”.
Irtijal is nomadic and remains open to all. Different spaces, different cities, countries, different participants, different teachers, different volunteer teams, but what does not change is its essence.
Its essence, its “Self”, is based on openness, benevolence towards oneself and others, non-judgment, conscious listening, non-competition, solidarity, empathy, awareness of the present moment, respect for oneself, for others, and the environment. Creating a space for oneself but also for the collective.
Irtijal is an ephemeral collective that, for each of its actions, creates the link between people, excluding prejudices regarding gender, social and cultural belonging.
“We want to create a microcosm that allows us to get out of our habits, our fears, our expectations, our patterns, our mechanisms and thus let ourselves be surprised by the beauty of the moment. The moment is beautiful because it is unique, because we are really present, body and mind, in an authentic way without trying to appear.”